A message from the Athletics NSW Chairman
A lot has been happening since my last communication a few weeks ago.
On Track and Field there have been many highlights:
The State Relays were the best I have to for a long time. The friendly rivalry, the atmosphere, the performances, and the commitment (not the least being Jay Stone hiring a bus and driver, to drive his team of 40 from Armidale and booking accommodation next to Silverwater Gaol...).
The NSW 3000m Championships were a cracker! Stellar performances in the Men’s A and B races, as well as the Women’s A and B. There is also lots of young talent coming through based on what I saw in the other races as well. It was great to see Olympic Marathoner Scotty Westcott leading the way in the Mens B (at least for the first 4 laps). And the finish of the night was the Womens A. Milly Clark and Jenny Blundell battling it out for a sprint finish won by Marathon Milly. In the Mens A there is only one word: Gusman! Jordan achieved a lifetime best of 7:52.82
We’ve also have had lots of competitive Treloar Shield meets (with another one this weekend). And the official presentation of last year’s Treloar Shield was done on the finish line at SOPAC in front of the main grandstand with a squad of Asics Wests members receiving the shield. Who will win it this season?
The NSW All Schools was another success with the biggest entry since the event was conceived. It is pleasing to see so much young talent coming through, but we all know the challenge for me, the board, and the staff of ANSW, is to keep this talent in our sport as each athlete grows older. This is a personal focus of mine over the next 12 months.
We have also been busy in the recreational running space as well. The Fernleigh 15 is now an iconic and landmark event for the Hunter region and this year was no different. Jack Colreavy taking out the Mens, and Celia Sullohern the Womens race (a nice double after also winning the City to Surf).
Run NSW in Armidale was also a success with competitive races in the 10k, 5k, and 2k events.
The Winter Harriers group met and reviewed the season just finished. It was a productive meeting and there are some exciting developments in the cross country and recreational running sector in 2018... so watch this space.
But wait there’s more...
Still to come before Christmas includes:
· The NSW 5000m Championships.
· The NSW Combined Event Championships.
· The 2017 Club Championships.
· The Albie Thomas Night of Miles.
· And of course two Treloar Shield meets.
So plenty has happened over the past few months but there are exciting developments next year. The 2018 Country Championships will be in Wollongong, and planning for that is well under way. The world acclaimed (according to Runners Tribe and Athetes.com) Hunter Track Classic. The NSW 10,000m Championships. The final Treloar Shield. And for something completely different - The Grass Games. That’s just in January!
Away from competition has been frenetic as well.
I will leave out the 12-15 phone calls I get each day, but in the main they are positive. So too are the discussions with individuals whilst officiating at events.
I presented at the first all staff meeting of LANSW and ANSW and the consequent workshops that occurred. The OneSport Joint Working Party met again and all organisations are working cohesively and in a focussed manner looking at the strategy of athletics in NSW.
I (with Craig Scott, the President of LANSW) met with The Office of the Minister of Sport and Western Sydney. And good relationships are being forged at a state government level.
The Athletics Australia AGM followed a full day Presidents Meeting in Melbourne with the other state associations. I became aware that the similarities between the states in the challenges that we face outweigh our differences.
And... next week, I also have designated workshops and meetings with NSWIS, Sports NSW, and SOPA.
My key messages there will be what I have already said publicly and within the athletics family. Our strategies reflect objectives around:
3. Member servicing.
Finally, as always, if you have any questions, or would to discuss anything, please feel free to come up to me at any of the meets that I officiate at, or email me on Peter.Higgins@nswathletics.org.au
Yours in athletics,
Athletics New South Wales