Welcome back to Athletics in 2018! I hope that found time for a break and are looking forward to the opportunities of the new year.
We are entering the performance part of the ANSW calendar and January has already seen some exceptional events and performances. A short list of highlights so far in 2018:
- Holly Bender (MOU) taking out the state 60m Championships at the Illawarra Track Challenge
- Tyler Gunn (GOS) running the fastest 100m of the NSW Country Championships in the U20 event
- Fantastic victories for both Jenny Blundell (SYU) and Morgan McDonald (RBH) in the 1,500m women’s and men’s races at the Hunter Track Classic
- Celia Sullohern (NRI) continuing her stellar season taking out the state 10,000m Championships
- Rohan Browning (SYU) edging a quality field to take out the 100m at the ACT State Championships
For the performance of the year to date however, I’d suggest you check out the efforts of Ashlyn Blackstock (EAS). Click here for the full recap of a wonderful NSW Country Championships in Wollongong including a description of Ashlyn’s five gold medals. Country Champs continues to be one of my favourite events on the calendar and it was fantastic to see such a well supported carnival. We are on the way to making this a true OneSport event which can properly represent regional athletics.
The high performance athletics doesn’t stop now, obviously. This weekend will see the running of the NSW Open, U23 and Para Athletics Championships at SOPAC. This is the pinnacle of the ANSW track and field season. For many this will be the last opportunity to obtain a qualifier for National Championships, so the competition should be fierce. Even if you can’t make it to the track, be sure to check out the live stream of the event on the ANSW Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AthleticsNSW
Of course, everything this summer is building up towards the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April. ANSW is pleased to be able to bring a piece of the Games excitement to our own competitions this weekend. On Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm there will be a break in the competition program to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to SOPAC. During this presentation we will also present the Treloar Shield to this summer’s winning Club and also welcome the NSW Minister for Sport, The Hon. Stuart Ayres. Baton bearers around Sydney Olympic Park include Alex Hulley, Mark Beretta, Louise Sauvage, Breanne Clement and Ian Thorpe. And if someone lets Rob Blackadder out of the equipment cage to take a break from officiating for long enough, he will take a turn as well!
For those hanging out for the winter series, within the next couple of weeks we will have launched the full winter calendar. Keep an eye out, as a RunNSW Membership with ANSW has never been better value. A full suite of ANSW Waratah Series events will be on offer, plus the Greater Bank Regional Fun Run Series, and we are also working towards gaining discounted entry for ANSW members to even more races throughout the state.
Finally, two save the dates:
The annual ANSW Awards Dinner will take place on the evening of Friday 27 April – further details are to come in due course however I can confirm that this year’s event will be held at the iconic Luna Park.
Also, our annual Clubs Forum will take place at SOPAC on the morning of Saturday 10 March, prior to the All Comers meet. Notifications have already been sent to Clubs, so make sure your Club’s voice is heard as we review the summer just being completed and look at some planning for the future.
Best of luck to all competing in the forthcoming championships, whether Open, Para, Junior or Masters, and I hope to see you at the track.