2018 Australian Junior Athletics Championships

Australia's 'next generation' of track and field talent were on full display in Sydney recently as more than 2000 junior athletes descended to compete at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics track from 14th to 18th March.
Nowra Athletics Club had a remarkable 13 athletes competing on the National stage.

In steeplechase both Jesse Buckham and Victoria Kennedy competed in the Under 18 2000 metres steeple event. Victoria placed 14th in her race in 8.30.86 minutes. Jesse, who is said to be retiring from steeplechase, ran his last steeple with a solid race, running with the lead pack for the majority of the race. He ran a handy 9 second PB finishing in 6.29.60 minutes placing him 9th overall which was 6 places up on last year’s result.

Max Buckham and Chelsea Pascoe both ran in the Under 16 steeplechase. Max competed for the first time at a National level and came away with a 5 second PB (6.39.42) and 6th place. Chelsea also ran a good race for her first National experience finishing in 8.25.05 minutes in 16th place.

Experienced steeple runner Hugh Dobson finished 14th in the Under 20 3000m event in 10.19.38 minutes whilst newcomer Alexis Charalambous finished 17th in her maiden National run in the Under 15 2000m event with a time of 8.43.27 minutes.

In the Under 18 400m hurdles Nowra Athletics Club had 3 competitors. Alistair Clark was impressive in his heat, running a PB of 56.39 and qualifying 3rd fastest for the final. He then ran 57.47 in the final to place 4th in Australia! Lachlan Kaszonyi made his National debut in the hurdles, just missing the final, placing 9th overall in 59.62. After being plagued by illness last month Mikayla Check demonstrated her resilience when she placed a gutsy 10th in the female event, nabbing another PB of 69.62 in the process.

After bagging three State medals in February Lauren Percival returned to the track in the Under 15 sprints. Lauren ran in 4th in her heat of the 100m in 12.58 placing 9th overall. In the 200m she finished 5th in her heat placing 10th overall with a time of 25.98 seconds.

In the under 18 pole vault there was another great performance from our decathlon state medallist Cooper Thomson with a 7th place, clearing 3.60 metres.

In the field Siwa Harvey-Aziz threw the discus 50.40 metres to place 5th in the under 18 event whilst Sam Taylor capped off his first year of athletic competition by making the final in the Under 18 long jump coming 8th with a leap of 6.42 metres .

These local athletes are to be commended for their performances and we look forward to watching their progress in future athletic competitions.

Medals won at Masters Championships

NSW Masters Championships were held at Blacktown International Sports Centre on the 3rd and 4th March 2018.
Athletes from Nowra Athletics Club did themselves and their Club proud at these Championships.

Alissa Beresford was forced to give up running when she broke her foot so has since turned her hand to the throwing arena. Alissa has been rewarded for her hard work and determination with five medals at the Masters Championships. Alissa won gold in the 40-44 years discus, hammer throw and weight throw; silver in the javelin and bronze in shot put. In the process Alissa also achieved four new personal bests!

Paul Beresford kept himself busy at the Championships with entries in eight events across both track and field. In the throwing domain Paul achieved 4th in weight throw and discus, 5th in hammer throw, 6th in javelin and 7th in shot put for the 40-44 years. In long jump Paul jumped to 5th place and in triple jump he landed 4th. Meanwhile on the track Paul sprinted to 6th place in the 60m.    

Erin Smart won 2 silver medals in her first ever State Masters. In the 35-39 years 800m Erin ran a 13 second PB to take the silver in 2.26.58 minutes then backed it up with a 5 second PB in the 400m for another silver.

Seasoned athlete Deb Clark speared a bronze medal in the 55-59 years javelin with a throw of 22.21 metres..

Cristine Suffolk added another gold to her medal collection with a win in the 45-49 years steeplechase in a time of 10.41.78 minutes. Cristine also bagged a silver in the 5000m.

Meanwhile Bill Pomplun also came away with a silver medal for his run in the 55-59 years steeplechase.

Well done to all these athletes for their fantastic performances.

Cooper takes a National Bronze!

The 2018 Australian Junior Combined Event Championships were held at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park on Saturday 3rd March and Sunday 4th March, 2018.

Australia's best young multi-eventers converged for the Championships; amongst them Nowra's Cooper Thomson.

Cooper competed in the Nationals Under 18 Men's Decathlon where he achieved a massive 5 Personal Bests and showed utter determination throughout the competition.

His hard work was rewarded with a National Bronze medal.

On the track Cooper ran 11.85 seconds in the 100m, 53.03 seconds in the 400m and 4.42.68 minutes in the 1500m.

He also hurdled well to finish in 16.54 seconds.

In the throwing arena Cooper achieved 12.02 metres in shot put, 35.12 metres in discus and an impressive 33.98 metres in javelin.

Cooper also demonstrated his jumping prowess clearing 1.71 metres in high jump, and 3.50 metres in pole vault whilst also leaping 5.85 metres in long jump.

Cooper finished with a total of 5816 points behind Simon Yung from ACT on 6060 points and Sebastian Reyneke from Victoria who took out the competition with 6529 points.

Congratulations Cooper on this amazing achievement at Nationals.

Track and Field season drawing to a close

Track and field was held last Wednesday for the second last time this season.
Doug McNally made it a memorable evening by setting a new shot put record with a throw of 8.86 metres. Congratulations Doug.

In the junior shot Reilly Caswell had the biggest throw with 7.91 metres. Charlie Heidke had a good night throwing 7.64m. Cooper Barrett was not far behind with 7.58m and Lachlan Woods threw 7.39m. Dylan Johnstone exceeded 6 metres with a throw of 6.01 metres and Tynan Caswell also did well with a throw of 5.92m whilst Liam Johnstone achieved 5.33 metres.
In the girls event Talea Miller attained the greatest distance with a throw of 8.17 metres. The Moffat girls performed well where Jessie Moffat achieved 7.06m, Zoe 4.73m and Claire 4.38m.

There was more throwing in the javelin arena. Tim Musson speared 44.09 metres and Cooper Thomson reached 37.50 metres, just in front of dad Steve Thomson who realized 31.92 metres. Paul Beresford continues to enjoy the competition and this week accomplished 21.18 metres.
In the women’s event Tori Sayer remains impressive with her biggest throw being 33.07 metres. Young Jayla Beresford threw 18.74 metres while mum Alissa, still battling injury, achieved 12.81 metres. Veteran thrower Kerrie Jones managed 14.11 metres.

In the 600m Lachlan Woods won the junior event with Dylan Johnstone taking second place and Cameron Baxter was third.
Meanwhile the senior event was taken out by Cam Musgrove in 1.38.93 minutes followed by Brad Sawyers in 1.45.63 and Dennis Smart in third in 1.50.57. It was great to see Lisa Carroll taking a break from canteen duty to have a run before the season end and newcomer Caitlin Shaefer returned for another run finishing 12th in the senior field.

In the sprints the Baxter boys; Cameron, Harrison and Oliver ran well as did Reilly and Tynan Caswell and Noah and Toby Dyball. Harry Thomson, Tom Smart and Malachy Martin also performed well. In the girls races Laila Hartnett, Katie Martin, Emily McLaren, Evie Smart and the Musson trio of Jessie, Claire and Zoe all ran with enthusiasm.

Next Wednesday 28th February will be the final Track and Field night for the season. The Committee hopes to see everyone there to run, jump and throw for the last time this season.

Valentine's Day Athletics

Nowra athletics track and field was held last Wednesday night on Valentine’s Day. Whilst numbers were down it was obvious which die-hard athletes love their athletics more than romantic dinners.

In the long jump pit the juniors performed well. Jessie Moffat jumped 3.78 metres; Alisha Mustapic 3.01 metres, Laila Hartnett 2.71 metres and Emily McLaren 2.62 metres. In the boys group Reilly Caswell jumped 3.85 metres, Toby Dyball 3.49 metres, Noah Dyball 2.21 metres and Tynan Caswell 2.19 metres.

In the high jump Paul Musgrove joined the juniors and was urged on by them with enthusiasm. With this cheer squad Paul cleared 1.45 metres. Lucas Johnson jumped 1.30 metres as did Reilly Caswell. Ella Dyball jumped 1.25 metres whilst newcomer Caitlyn Schaefer joined in and cleared 1.20 metres.

In the shot put circle Alisha Mustapic threw 4.64 metres, Emily McLaren 4.01 metres and Evie Smart’s best throw was 2.88 metres. In the boys event Cooper Barrett threw 7.71 metres whilst Reilly Caswell also threw beyond 7 metres, his best measuring 7.09 metres.

On the track Cam Musgrove won the 1km followed by Peter Dooley and Erin Smart.

In the sprints there were good performances from Hamish McLaren, Reilly Caswell, Cooper Barrett, and Brody Woods. The seniors ran the 400m with Erin Smart storming home for the win in front of Gavin Dyball followed by Lucas Johnson and Caitlin Schaefer.

There are only 2 weeks left of Summer track and field competition with the last night scheduled for Wednesday 28th February. Don’t miss out on the last of the season’s Summer athletics.

2018 NSW Junior Championships

Nowra Athletics juniors performed exceptionally well at the  2018 NSW Junior Championships held at SOPAC from the 9th to the 11th February. Nowra had 21 competitors in the black and gold and once again did the Club proud.

Lauren Percival was a stand out bagging three State medals. Lauren won silver in the Under 15 long jump with a distance of 4.98m. Lauren started off conservatively with a jump of 4.11m and left her best to last; jumping 4.98m on her final jump to take the silver medal in front of Hills District athlete Jorja Wilson whose best jump was conversely her first jump of 4.90m. Lauren also claimed silver in the Under 15 200m. After finishing third in her heat in a time of 26.21 seconds, Lauren went on to improve on this time in the final, running in 2nd in 25.77 seconds just marginally behind Jessica Wardrobe from Sutherland who clocked 25.73 seconds. In the 100m Lauren won her heat in 13.02 seconds. In what was a finals photo finish Lauren was edged out of silver by just 0.002 seconds, finishing third in 12.978 seconds behind Georgia Fichardt from UTS North who clocked 12.976 seconds. Congratulations Lauren on a fantastic Juniors competition.

Sam Taylor was impressive when he won gold in the Under 18 long jump with a massive jump of 6.48 metres. Sam also placed 5th in his 100m heat.

Cooper Thomson added another State medal to his collection with silver in the Under 18 pole vault, clearing 3.70metres; a 20cm PB and is in great shape for Nationals in a few weeks

Nowra had a big representation in the steeplechase events with 7 competitors earning a total of 4 medals.
Max Buckham continues to improve his time and placing in this tough event and this time he came away with a silver; his first State medal for his persistence in the Under 16 event in a PB time of 6.44.28 minutes. Alex O'Brien ran in 4th in the same event in a time of 7.03.72 minutes.
Chelsea Pascoe also won silver in the Under 16 event - another great reward for her determination and perseverance - in a PB time of 8.16.98.
Experienced steeplechaser Victoria Kennedy took home bronze in the Under 18 event clocking 8.36.56. Meanwhile newcomer Alexis Charalambous claimed a silver medal for her run in the Under 15 steeplechase in a time of 8.42.54 which was a 10 second PB.
Sam Maher competed in the Under 15 event and ran a personal best to finish 5th in 7.59.35 minutes whilst Jesse Buckham finished 7th in the Under 18 event in 6.42.77 minutes.

In the field Lara Check was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the Under 16 high jump finishing 4th on a countback after clearing an equal height of 1.60 metres with 3rd place getter. In long jump Lara finished 15th with a jump of 4.66 metres.
Lily Wheeler placed 13th in the under 16 long jump with a jump of 4.75 metres and ran in 9th in her 100m heat in 13.93 seconds.

Hannah Brian performed well on the track finishing 5th in the Under 14 200m heat in 28.86 seconds and 8th in the 100m heat with 14.39 seconds. Meanwhile big brother Emerson Brian finished 9th in his 100m heat in the very competitive U20 category with a time of 11.56 seconds and 7th in his 200m heat.

Lachlan Kaszonyi ran in 4th in his heats in both the Under 18 100m and 200m. In the 400m hurdles Lachlan narrowly missed out on a medal as he ran through in 59.58 seconds; a personal best, behind 3rd place getter who clocked 59.33 seconds.

Blake Hartnett clocked a PB in the Under 18 400m. Blake ran in 4th in his heat in 51.63 seconds then bettered this in the final, finishing 5th in 51.26 seconds, just marginally slower than the National qualifier time of 51.14 seconds.

Alistair Clark also competed in the Under 18 400m finishing 5th in his heat in 52.48 seconds whilst Jade Mustapic continued her return to competition athletics with a 5th place in the Under 18 400m in 62.76 seconds ; a slightly faster time than the recent Country Championships she competed in.

William Dyball continues to improve each race with another 3 second PB in the 1500m. He ran strongly to finish 14th in the Under 14 race in 5.15.12 minutes whilst Alec Dobson ran in 11th in the Under 15 3000m in 10.38.07 minutes which was a 20 second PB.

Hugh Dobson claimed a NSW silver medal in the Under 20 3000m after running across the line in 4th place in 9.31.00 minutes. First and second runners were athletes from Japan which means they don't receive the State medals and third was an athlete from Camden.

Well done to all these athletes who are sure to be some of Australia's 'next generation' of track and field stars.

Nowra Show 1km Race

The 2018 Nowra Show 1km handicap race was held on Saturday 10th February with 14 competitors. The race got under way with Katie Martin leading the field away as go marker. Katie managed to hold a good lead at the halfway mark. Behind her Talea Miller and Emily Mclaren worked hard to close the gap. They were chased by Akala Miller and Hamish McLaren.
In the middle of the field Lucas Johnson off a minute handicap made good ground while Erin Smart was kept busy fending off husband Dennis. As the race wore on Ethan Havadjia, Brad Sawyers and Peter Dooley started to make in-roads on the front pack whilst Scott Martin worked hard behind them trying to hold off the two backmarkers, Cameron Musgrove and Zac Havadjia.
As the field neared 200 metres to go Hamish McLaren hit the front and opened a lead of about 20 metres to the next runner. However moving through the field swiftly were Ethan, Lucas, Brad and Peter. Zac had moved ahead of Cameron as they made contact with the main field.
Hamish fought boldly to hold his lead from a wall of runners as they raced into the final 100 metres. With 50 metres to go Hamish was still in front when Ethan burst from the pack and gave it everything he had. The crowd went wild trying to get Hamish home but a determined Ethan flew over the final metres and swept past Hamish right on the line to win in a time of 3 minutes flat. Two seconds later Brad crossed in third with Lucas finishing fourth.
Well done to all the runners and crowd supporters and a big congratulations to Ethan for taking out the win this year.

Track and Field 7th February

Track and field on the 7th February brought success for Brad Sawyers in the 800m. Brad took the win in 2.33.43 minutes in front of Scott Martin and Erin Smart. However in the 2km it was Scott Martin who took line honours. Scott crossed in 7.02 minutes with Brad just behind in 7.05 minutes and third was Scott Johnson.

In the sprints Charlie Heidke and Cooper Barrett took one two in their races in both the 60m and 200m. Liam Johnstone, Brody Woods and Harry Thomson all ran well in both events also.
Akala Miller ran in first in her 60m race followed first by Alisha Mustapic then Talea Miller. Winter and Miller Bell competed in the two sprint events and as always, brought much enthusiasm to their performances.
In the senior races Sarah deVries, Taylor Moffat, and Erin Smart ran strongly in the female events. Meanwhile in the male 60m Sam Taylor took the win in 7.63 seconds in front of Lachlan Kaszonyi who crossed in 8.03 seconds.

There were just two participants in triple jump with Sarah deVries jumping 9.30m and Paul Beresford achieving 8.48 metres.

In high jump Erin Smart and Ella Dyball both cleared 1.20 metres whilst Lucas Johnson cleared 1.35 metres. However the biggest jump of the night came from Steve Thomson who cleared 1.40 metres.

In the discus circle Talea Miller recorded the biggest throw in the junior women event with a throw of 20.28 metres and Zoe Musson was not far behind with 19.19 metres.

Track and Field will continue next Wednesday night for more athletics action.

NSW Country Championships 2018

The 73rd NSW Country Championships were held in Wollongong over the Australia Day long weekend.
Nowra had 58 athletes competing across various track and field events with a number of athletes making their Country Champs debut.

The Beresford family did well, bringing home four medals between them. Alissa Beresford threw her way to 5th place in both the 40-49 years discus and javelin whilst husband Paul medalled in the 40-49 years triple jump with a jump of 8.13 metres to finish 2nd. Paul also placed 8th in javelin, 6th in long jump and 5th in discus. On the track Paul ran 13.80 seconds in the 100m and was part of the 30+ relay team.
Jayla Beresford spent her competition in the field, earning a bronze medal in the under 14 shot put as well as placing 4th in both triple jump and javelin. Meanwhile Mason Beresford added two more medals to the family tally with a silver in the under 16 triple jump and a bronze in discus as well as a 4th place in javelin and 5th in long jump.

Emerson and Hannah Brian both chalked up some personal bests at the meet. Emerson ran 11.36 in the Under 20 100m heat then improved on this in the final finishing 5th in 11.28 seconds. Emerson also ran a PB in the 200m with 23.25 seconds placing 4th. Hannah Brian, who has only recently returned to athletic competition, was on fire. Hannah started the competition on Friday night with a PB in the Under 14 80m hurdles, placing 5th in 16.01 seconds. She then returned on Saturday to win her 100m heat, qualifying with the second fastest time of 13.59 seconds. Hannah went on to better this time in the final, finishing 4th in 13.53 seconds. Hannah also placed 4th in the 200m final. In long jump Hannah finished 5th but her medal winning performance came in javelin, spearing 19.06 metres for a silver.

Jesse Buckham competed in three events and won three medals! Jesses took home silver in the Under 18 1500m and 800m, clocking PB’s as he went; and claimed bronze in the steeplechase. Brother Max Buckham also medalled with silver in the Under 16 steeplechase and placed 6th in the 800m.

Young Reilly Caswell earned himself two silver medals. At just 9 years of age Reilly ran in 2nd in the Under 12 200m and cleared 1.10metres for silver in the high jump. He also competed in the 800m, finishing 4th. Seven year old Tynan Caswell won silver in the Under 10 800m and finished 4th in the 200m, which was a tough job in the pouring rain!

Asher Chapman who is also a member of St Georges Basin Little Athletics Club and ran in his Little A’s uniform scooped the pool at his first Country Championships; taking home gold in all three of the events he competed in - the Under 10 100m, shot put and long jump.

Alexis Charalambous; also at her first Country Championships, won a bronze medal for her gutsy effort in the Under 16 steeplechase and finished 6th in the competitive 800m.

Lara Check proved that her high jump training is certainly paying off with a gold medal jump in the Under 16 high jump. Lara cleared 1.58m for the win, in front of fellow Nowra athlete Lily Wheeler who placed 2nd with her jump of 1.55m. Lara also finished 8th in the 100m final and 5th in long jump. Mikayla Check took home silver for her 2nd place run in the Under 18 400metres hurdles – a champion effort in only her second time competing in this event! Mikayla also finished 5th in the 200m sprint. Mum Janie Hamilton, a fierce supporter and competitor of athletics, claimed three silver medals for her performances in 40-49 years high jump, discus and long jump. Janie also finished 5th in shot put and 5th in the 100m sprint as well as bringing home the final leg of the women’s 30+ relay with a massive smile.

Deb Clark’s experience and determination won her two medals in the throwing arena. On Deb’s final throw in the 50-59 years shot put she got ‘angry’ and hurled the shot into 3rd place with a throw of 6.93 metres. Deb also speared silver in the javelin and placed 4th in discus as well as running 2nd leg in the 30+ relay.

Another veteran athlete to do well was Geoff Crook who won bronze in both the 50-59 years javelin and 1500m; and as has become tradition, Geoff also competed in the 30+relay with trademark smile and enthusiasm.

Still in the veteran category Peter Dooley, a true gentleman and athlete, added two gold medals to his collection with a win in the 60-69 years 1500m and steeplechase.

Sarah deVries bagged two silver medals in the field, placing 2nd in both the Opens Triple Jump and long jump demonstrating that the consistent Wednesday night competition in the pit is certainly worthwhile! Sarah ran strongly to qualify for the finals in both the 100m and 200m where she placed 5th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m.

The Dyball family made their Country Championships debut in fine style. Youngest family member Noah Dyball took home a bronze medal in the Under 9 800m and placed 4th in the 200m. Toby Dyball who injured his ankle on the previous Wednesday night competition courageously ran the Under 12 800 metres and for his efforts claimed a bronze medal. Will Dyball added to the family medal count with a bronze medal in the Under 14 800m as well as a 4th place in the 1500m. Ella Dyball placed 4th in the Under 15 1500m and 7th in the 800m. Meanwhile dad Gavin was busy on the track, competing in both sprints and middle distance events. Gavin placed 7th in the 40-49 years 1500m, 11th in the 400m, 6th in the 800m and 6th in his 200m heat. Gavin also featured in the men’s relay challenge.

Dakota Farn competed well in the Under 13 group, finishing 4th in the 1500m and 6th in the 800m.

Through a mane of hair, sprinter Blake Hartnett won a bronze medal in the Under 18 400m as well as placing 4th in the 400m hurdles and 5th in the 200m.

Although Andrew Havadjia was missing from this year’s relay challenge he still managed to compete in the 50-59 years 800m where he snared a bronze medal and he speared 6th place in the javelin. Ethan Havadjia was impressive on the track in the Under 17 group with his consistent improvement and of course his Havadjia humour. Ethan placed 5th in the 100m, 200m and 400m, and 6th in the 800m.

Charlie Heidke bagged three medals from three events, with a silver in the Under 13 long jump and bronze in the 100m and 200m.

Also competing in the Under 13 group young Matthew Higham proved he is certainly the quiet achiever. Matthew had a busy program of events winning gold in the high jump with an impressive jump of 1.40metres. Matthew claimed silver in the 200m and 800m and bronze in the 1500m. Matthew also placed 4th in both the long jump and 100m sprint.

Club president Scott Johnson was the winner of the 40-49 years steeplechase event and took bronze in the 5000m. Scott also placed 5th in the 1500m before stepping up to run in the infamous 30+ relay challenge.

Veteran thrower Kerrie Jones did exceptionally well to win bronze in the 60-69 years shot put, hammer throw and javelin and placed 4th in discus.

Teenager Lachlan Kaszonyi started the competition with a silver medal in the Under 18 400m hurdles before going on to win bronze in the 100m. He also placed 4th in the 200m and long jump.

Victoria Kennedy showed off her abilities in the Under 18 steeplechase with a gold medal run in 8.07.62 minutes. Alex O’Brien also competed in the steeplechase and finished 4th in the Under 16 event. In the shorter 800m Alex placed 5th.

In the Maher family it was the youngest athlete who took home the medals. Ben Maher won bronze in both the Under 9 100m and 200m. Zac Maher finished 6th in the Under 13 200m and 9th in the 100m whilst Sam Maher finished 5th in both the under 16 steeplechase and the under 15 800m. In the field Will Maher placed 7th in Under 17 shot put and 9th in discus.

Sprinter Ruby Marshall ran in 5th in the Under 13 100m and whilst she ran well and placed 4th in her 200m heat and qualified for the next round she unfortunately missed the call up for the final.

Another young sprinter who has shown marked improvement over time was Akala Miller. Akala ran in 4th in her 80m hurdles event and after qualifying for the finals ran in 6th in the Under 14 100m and 8th in 200m. Sister Talea, preferring the field events, placed 4th in both Under 13 discus and shot put.

In the Musgrove family it was Paul Musgrove who claimed bragging rights with silver in the 40-49 years high jump. Paul was a close 4th in long jump and finished 7th in the 100m final and 6th in the 200m. Paul also participated in the relay challenge, bringing home the final leg of Team B this year.
Cam Musgrove made his competition return after a lengthy overseas trip and illness to place 7th with a gutsy performance in the Opens 800m. Darlene Musgrove sat the competition out this year, only competing in the relay.

Meanwhile in the Mustapic family it was Alisha Mustapic whose neck hung heaviest with medals. Alisha claimed gold in the Under 12 800m, and bronze in the long jump, discus, and 1500m with a 4th in 100m. Jade Mustapic made her return to competition after a lengthy absence due to injuries and demonstrated her determination and resilience to win silver in the Under 18 400m (while mum shed a tear or two), and silver in the 800m. Jade also speared bronze in the javelin and finished 5th in discus. Tara Mustapic took home a bronze in the Under 17 3000m and placed 4th in the 1500m. Mel Mustapic took to the field this year earning a bronze medal in the 40-49 years javelin for her efforts. Mel also competed in the shot put where she finished 8th and returned to the relay event, carrying the baton for the 30+ women. Sole male Mustapic, Dad Glen finished 4th in the 40-49 years 5000m run and he too participated in the relay fun.

Chelsea Pascoe competed in the 3000m run on Friday night of the competition and finished 4th in the Under 16 event whilst Cristine Suffolk won gold in the 40-49 years 3000m run as well as the 2000m steeplechase.

Making her Country Champs debut Erin Smart proved this competition should definitely not be her last as she claimed four silver medals. Erin ran in 2nd in the 30-39 years 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m to much cheering and encouragement from her favourite supporters Evie and Tom (who also claimed the medals for themselves!). Dennis Smart was roped into competing in the 30+ relay but reportedly enjoyed the run, so next year we’re sure he’ll be back!

Sam Taylor managed to snare silver in the Under 18 long jump and place 4th in the javelin before having to withdraw from the rest of his program due to a niggling back injury.

Lily Wheeler jumped her way to two silver medals in the Under 16 triple jump and high jump. She also finished 4th in long jump and 7th in the 100m final.

In the Thomson family young Harry was laden down with medals after taking the win in the Under 9 long jump and 2nd place in the 100m, 200m and 800m. Decathlon athlete Cooper Thomson won gold in the Under 18 pole vault and took silver in the 110m hurdles before claiming bronze medals in the 400m hurdles, javelin and long jump. Cooper also placed 4th in shot put and 6th in the 200m. Dad Steve Thomson made his competition debut at Country taking a bronze medal in the 40-49 years javelin as well as making a rather reluctant but plucky first appearance in the men’s relay team. He almost took out fellow competitor Paul Musgrove at the baton change but made a good recovery to stay upright and send Paul on his way – even if it was with a little push.

Thank you to all those who participated at this year's edition of the 2018 NSW Country Championships!

We hoped you all enjoyed yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you all at next year's event! Go Nowra!

Throwing Records broken 31.1.18

There were two records broken last week at Nowra Athletics Track and Field competition. Doug McNally threw the shot put 8.77 metres to set a new record, throwing 3 cms more than the old record. Kerrie Jones, fresh from her competition at Country Championships last weekend also set a new record in the javelin. Kerrie speared 15.00 metres breaking the old record of 14.6 metres. Congratulations to both Doug and Kerrie!

Also throwing well was Tori Sayer who threw 8.54m in shot put. Steve Thomson and Taylor Moffat both threw 6.95m and Byron Osgood measured 6.88m. Kerrie Jones threw the shot 6.38m and Erin Smart tested her throwing arm out with a throw of 6.07m.
In javelin Hannah Brian continues to improve under the guidance of Doug McNally. Hannah threw 18.52 metres just behind Taylor Moffat who speared 18.66 metres. Meanwhile Tori Sayer surpassed them all with a huge throw of 32.91 metres.

In the 600m Cameron Musgrove took the win in front of Brad Sawyers and Scott Martin however in the longer 1500m it was Brad who crossed the line first followed by Scott Martin and third was Cameron Musgrove. Dennis Smart was fourth in both events.

In the sprints Emerson Brian and Lachlan Kaszonyi ran well while it was great to see Marty Bell back on the track in the senior races.
Laila Hatnett, Kate Martin, Allie Moffat and Emily McLaren all ran strongly in the junior girls track events while in the boys events Liam Johnstone, Dylan Johnstone, Brody Woods and Charlie Heidke performed well.

Track and field will conclude on Wednesday 28 February so not many weeks left to get some running, jumping and throwing in!

Track and Field in the Summer Rain 24.1.18

The Summer rain may have dampened the results paperwork on Wednesday night 24th January but it didn't dampen the spirits of the athletes at Nowra Athletics Track and Field Competition.

The sprint prgram included the 100m and 150m.
The Baxter boys all ran well with Cameron, Harrison and Oliver competing in both sprint events and putting in great efforts and as always, demonstrating great sportsmanship. Noah, Toby and Will Dyball also ran well showing consistent determination.
Dean and Wil Osgood and Brody and Lachlan Woods were more brother duos who put in great performances on the track.
Malachy Martin combined running and talking as he ran the 100m with dad Scott and Tom Smart and Harry Thomson also ran well.
In the female events Hannah Brian sprinted well as did Jessie Moffat, Rommey Hazell, Laila Hartnett and Emily McLaren.
In the Veteran race Paul Musgrove got in some practice for the upcoming Country Championshps and took line honours with Scott Martin second and Paul Beresford third.

In the junior 1000m Will Dyball took the win with Toby Dyball second and Hamish McLaren third.
In the senior 1000m Brad Sawyers and Scott Martin made a mad dash for the line together, resulting in a tie in 3.13 minutes. After returning from his USA holiday Cam Musgrove made his track debut and was just edged out by Brad and Scott, clocking 3.14 minutes as he ran in a close third.

In the 400m Brad Sawyers took the win again with Scott Martin second, Dennis Smart third and Byron Osgood fourth.

Jessie Moffat demonstrated her throwing prowess in the shot put circle with a throw of 7.63 metres and Talea Miller threw 7.10 metres. Evie Smart showed great improvement with her final throw of the night measuring 3.46 metres.

Country Championships will be held this weekend and the Club would like to wish all the competing Nowra athletes the very best of luck. Remember we define winning as doing your personal best.

All details about Country Championships is available on Athletics NSW website and there have been regular updates on the Nowra Athletics facebook page to keep everyone informed. Like us on facebook and stay up to date with all the latest information!

Track and Field Summer series 17.1.2018

Nowra Athletics continued track and field competition on Wednesday 17th January.
In the junior 800m Will Dyball took line honours with Matthew Higham running in second. Toby Dyball was third and Wil Osgood was fourth.
Meanwhile the senior race was taken out by Brad Sawyers who passed Ethan Havadjia in the closing metres of the race. Pete Dooley ran in third and Dennis Smart was fourth.

In the sprint events our juniors ran with their trademark enthusiasm. Noah Dyball won the first heat of the 60m followed by Dean Osgood and Tom Smart. Liam Johnstone ran well to take out heat 2 with Emily McLaren close on his heels. Ally Moffat, Harry Thomson and Evie Smart also ran well.
In the senior 60m sprint it was a very close race. Lachlan Kaszonyi ran in first in 8.06 seconds followed closely by Ethan Havadjia in 8.18 seconds and Cooper Thomson was just a smidgen behind in 8.20 seconds. Then in the 200m in another close race  Ethan Havadjia took the win in 25.95 seconds just in front of Lachlan in 25.98 seconds.
In the veteran events Paul Musgrove won the 60m in 8.43 seconds with Dennis Smart second and Gavin Dyball third.

In the field Paul Musgrove was the sole competitor in high jump, clearing 1.40 metres.
Whilst in the triple jump junior Lily Wheeler soared to 10.29 metres and Mason Berseford jumped 10.23 metres while Sarah de Vries jumped 9.62 metres and Paul Berseford jumped 8.32 metres.

In the discus circle junior Jayla Beresford threw the biggest distance of 18.64 metres with Talea Miller throwing 18.27 metres. Alisha Mustapic and Emily McLaren also threw well.
In the boys event it was William Dyball who had the biggest throwing arm with a throw of 19.63 metres. Hamish McLaren and Wil Osgood also threw good distances.

Track and Field will continue each Wednesday night until 28th February.
Dont forget Country Champioships will be held in Wollongong over the Australia Day weekend. Everyone is encouraged to enter with entries closing on 22nd January.

Track and Field resumes 2018

Nowra Athletics resumed track and field competition last Wednesday after the Christmas New Year period. Whilst many were still obviously enjoying the holiday season a small but dedicated few enjoyed the track and field events on offer.

In the junior female sprints Emily McLaren, Akala and Talea Miller and Laila and Allie Moffatt all ran well. In the boys events the Baxter boys Cameron, Oliver and Harrison ran with trademark enthusiasm. Liam Johnstone, Hamish McLaren, Harry Thomson and Brody and Lachlan Woods also ran with great determination and confidence. Young Malachy Martin competed in both the 60m and 100m, with dad's help, to much clapping and cheering as he crossed the finish line.

In the senior sprints Emerson Brian won both the 60m and 100m. Cooper Thomson ran in second in both races and Paul Musgrove crossed third.

In the junior 1500m Harrison Baxter was the winner with Oliver Baxter second and Emily McLaren was third whilst in the senior race it was Scott Martin who took line honours with Peter Dooley second and Marcus Baxter third.

In the field Harrison Baxter jumped the highest at 1.08 metres in high jump. Liam Johnstone jumped 1 metre, Cameron Baxter cleared 95 cm and Oliver Baxter jumped 90cm. However in the long jump pit Paul Musgrove was the sole competitor and jumped 4.44 metres.

Also in the field the juniors enjoyed shot put and discus and the seniors speared some javelin.

Track and Field will continue next Wednesday night from 6pm.

Athletes are reminded that NSW Country Championships will be held in Wollongong over the Australia Day weekend. Everyone is encouraged to enter with entries closing on 22nd January. Country Champs are a great opportunity for fun competition against other Country Clubs. The more Nowra athletes that compete the merrier! Please come along on Wednesday to grab your new uniform for Country.

NSW Country Champs is coming up!

2018 NSW Country Championships will be held in Wollongong from 26th to 28th January.
Country Champs are a great opportunity to compete against like-minded country athletes in a fun atmosphere. The comaraderie amongst athletes is always strong and a good time is always had.
There's not far to travel this year so there's no excuse not to get involved. You don't have to be the fastest or the strongest, you just need to have a positive attitude and participate! Young and master athletes are all encouaged to give it a go and compete for Nowra.

Athletes competing in the senior component of the Championships must be registered with the club for the 2017/18 season. Athletes competing in the Little Athletics component of the Championships must be registered with a Little Athletics NSW country centre for the 2017/18 season.
Senior club members must wear their correct club uniform. Athletes must have their Athletics NSW 2017/18 registration numbers attached on the front and back (except in jumps events). Athletes competing in the U9, U10 and U11 age groups must wear their LA uniform. Temporary bib numbers will be provided for Little A members at athlete check in on the day.

Nowra members requiring uniform are encouraged to come along on Wednesday night 10th January when Track and Field competition resumes and purchase the new uniform. It'd be fantastic to see everyone sporting our new design at the Championships.
Entries are $30 for the first event, and $10 for every subsequent event, with a $70 cap. Family entry is $90 for adults and unlimited children, for any number of events. Online or manual entries available through NSW Athletics or pick up a paper form at the Track on Wednesday night.
Entries close Monday, 9am, January 22, 2018.

The age groups for the senior club component of the Championships are Under 12, Under 13, Under 14, Under 15, Under, Under 17, Under 18, Under 20 and Opens. The age group is determined by the age you will be by December 31, 2018. Masters age groups; 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ years, ages determined as at the first day of competition, the 26th January 2018. The age groups for the junior component of the Championships are Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11. The age group is determined by the age you will be by December 31, 2018.

Christmas Mile

Nowra Athletics held their final 2017 Track and Field competition night last Wednesday. There were plenty of reindeer antlers and Santa hats spotted around the track.
The feature event was the infamous Christmas Mile. With handicaps organized little Noah Dyball and Eva Moeller-Duhme both started off Go. Many of the sprinters lined up for the distance event too including Emerson Brian and Lachlan Kaszonyi. Harry McGill, home from university, received the last handicap start of 4.40 minutes.
Noah Dyball led the race for most of the mile and it was only in the closing metres that Jade Mustapic off a 2.32 minute handicap was able to run him down to take the win. Victoria Kennedy ran in for third place.
As has become tradition, Peter Condon donated Christmas puddings for the first male and female athlete across the line which meant both Jade and Noah were winners!
A sausage sizzle rounded off the night's festivities. Thank you to Lisa, Andrew and Sean Carroll for organizing the Christmas fare.
Nowra Athletics would like to wish all their members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe and keep running!
Track and Field will resume on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Wednesday 13th December Track & Field

As we get closer to Christmas our lives inevitably get busier so numbers tend to drop off a little for sporting committments.
However, whilst numbers may have been a little lower at Track and Field last Wednesday 13th December, spirits were high and results were strong.

In the junior mens division Lachlan Woods, Dylan Johnstone, Harry Thomson, Brody Woods and Liam Johnstone all enjoyed the sprints with both 100m and 150m on offer. In the female group Akala Miller, Talea Miller, Zoe Musson, Elysha Davis and Claire Musson ran well in the 100m with little Winter Bell running with her trademark smile for E grade.
It was a close affair for the senior males in the 100m with Sam Taylor taking the win in 11.81 seconds in front of Lachlan Kaszonyi in 12.02 seconds and Emerson Brian, in his first sprint race since suffering an injury, running in third in 13.15 seconds.
In the senior women Sarah deVries was the sole competitor in the 100m running in just behind the men in 13.52 seconds.

In the junior 1km event Jasper Arnold was the fastest in 3.43.54 minutes with Dylan Johnstone and Lachlan Woods also running well. Young Miller Bell ran with persistence and committment to finish fifth.
Brad Sawyers took out the win in the senior 1km followed by Marty Bell and Peter Dooley.
Most of the runners backed up the 1km with a 3km run as well. Brad Sawyers crossed first in 10.51.38 with Peter Dooley running 12.12.58 minutes and Elisha Bell crosing in 12.44.92 minutes.

Also on the track program last Wednesday was the senior 400m sprint with just five contenders. Brad Sawyers ran strongly again as did Marty and Elisha Bell, Peter Dooley and Sarah deVries.

In the field Jackson Musson practiced his discus with the senior throwers. Cooper Thomson had the biggest throw of the night with 40.17 metres recorded. Tim Musson threw 37.27 metres and Sam Taylor 34.82 metres.

In the javelin Tim Musson came out in front with his throw of 44.87 metres whilst Sam Taylor was a smidgen behind on 44.24 metres. Junior Hannah Brian did exceptionally well pulling a throw of 17.37 metres out of the bag which was great to see for a 'non thrower'.
'Coach extraordinare' Mel Mustapic stepped into the discus circle throwing 15.00 metres but was exceeded by daughter Jade who threw 17.15 metres.

Wednesday 20th December will be the final Track and Field competition night for the year. Come along for some Christmas fun and a free sausage sizzle.
Nowra Athletics will take a little Christmas break and then resume Track and Field on Wednesday 10th January.

Once again, dont forget the NSW Country Championships will be held in Wollongong over the Australia Day weekend so make sure you put this date in your diary and enter online. We'd love to see as many Nowra athletes there as possible. It's a great opportunity to compete against like-minded country athletes in a fun atmosphere. We are also on the search for junior and senior athletes for the Relays so dont be shy, put your hand up and give it a go!

Mel Mustapic Profile

David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW recently profiled Nowra Athletics Club member & Committee member Mel Mustapic in the Athletics NSW Coaching Newsletter.
We have copied the article below...

Mel’s move into coaching
It is fascinating to learn how coaches started their careers. In this article with South Coast coach, Mel Mustapic we learn how she always had a passion for the sport and assisting and encouraging others. After a few years it became more formal when she started a squad. As a country coach she highlights the need to be able to coach across events. Mel’s coaching is a legacy and tribute to great NSW John Atterton, who passed away in 2016.
How did you become involved in coaching?
I initially started athletics coaching six years ago after having my fourth child. Prior to that I had organised social half marathon training for anyone that I could talk into running half marathons. I was 40 when I started coaching athletics.
Were you an athlete? Can you tell me about your career? Highlights? The move into coach?
I wouldn’t call myself an athlete as such but a passionate runner having completed over 20 half marathons and 3 marathons. My goal was to run a marathon for each child, so I still have one more on my bucket list! The highlights for me were the accomplishment of completing the race and seeing my husband and kids at the finish line. My athletics coaching commenced when my eldest daughter (Jade) shared my passion for training and racing and due to travel restraints, I had to move her training closer to home, friends and local school children started running with her, and it snowballed from there!
What events do you coach? Where do you coach? I coach a diverse squad, middle distance, hurdlers, sprinters and multi eventers.
Living in the country I have to be a jack of all trades to meet the requirements of my athletes and I love challenges. I coach on a grass track at a local high school (Shoalhaven High). We have been working hard with our local council who have recently approved a new sports facility at Bomaderry with a synthetic athletics track, this will make a significant contribution to the development of athletes in our area.
Tell us about some of the athletes in your squad?
I have junior and senior squads. I have just started coaching my first masters athlete and most of my high school athletes have been with me since primary school. I’ve recently returned from the AIS for my first Athletics Australia under-17 Development Camp with decathlete Cooper Thomson. Coop and I have been on a steep learning curve and after just two years he placed second at Nationals this year. I’ve got some talented middle distance and steeplechase athletes coming through, Hugh Dobson, Alex O’Brien and Victoria Kennedy all medalled at state meets this year. Hannah Stone recently won her first state multi event medal and has a bright future. My daughter Jade was a very talented junior and was on the state podiums in 200m, 400m and 800m and after two years of injury (labral tear and trampoline foot injury) she is slowly making her return to the track. I have a lot of faith in all the athletes in my squad and I’m committed to supporting all their journeys.
Can you tell us about some highlights or special moments?
When I first started my goal was to coach another athlete (besides Jade) to a national qualifier as I didn’t want parents to think it was all about my own child!! Jade’s first national medal in the 800m was special as she was boxed in and had to fight hard to earn her place. Seeing athletes work hard to qualify for state or nationals for the first time is special. Six years later I have coached 12 athletes to a national level so I’m moving my goal posts out further. National juniors was a highlight for me this year as I had just lost my mentor (John Atterton) and I felt an even bigger responsibility of getting my squad ready. Cooper won our squads second national medal and our athletes ran all out with huge PB’s - I was totally exhausted by the end of it!
Why coach?
It wasn’t something I planned on doing when I was younger but I’m very thankful I have the opportunity to do it now. The longer I do it the more I realise the significant and positive impact I have on people, that not only helps them with their running but flows through to other areas in their lives. I’m lucky to have a supportive husband (Glen) who assists in the gym and coaches on the track one day a week. Jade is also an accredited coach and at 16 does a fantastic job coaching and supporting me. Our squad (MNG “Mel N Glen”) is a real team effort and I’m just the bus driver.
Enjoyable aspects of coaching?
I coach five track sessions and two gym sessions per week. The day to day work with the squads is the definitely the most enjoyable for me, I love getting amongst the athletes in the afternoons at the track and encouraging them to keep pushing their own personal boundaries, we are quite a relaxed squad so there is plenty of laughs. The race performances are just icing on the cake for our hard work.
Coaching philosophy? 
I have plenty but I will condense it with one of my favourites from John. The 4 “P’s” Passion, Persistence, Patience & Planning, great advice for athletes and coaches. Another simple favourite of mine is “Never Give Up” when things don’t work out I just find another way J
Who have been your coaching mentors…?
The late John Atterton has had a huge impact on my coaching and spent a considerable amount of time and energy developing my coaching journey. It’s a year since he has passed and we all still miss him soo much. He would be proud of how far I have come and he had a huge belief in my ability. Since John has passed I have found great support in our coaching community and I enjoy the many conversations I have with fellow coaches. More recently I have appreciated the knowledge and experience from our local physio and middle distance athlete Lachlan Chisholm.  
I’m 46 years young and mum to four girls. My youngest started kindergarten this year which has allowed me to do some casual teaching support work and events management.
Do you have any advice to other coaches?
I’m usually the one asking for advice, so I can keep learning. My only advice would be around the development of junior athletes as that’s where I have had the most experience. It has helped me to keep my junior athletes in the sport by creating a good squad dynamic, even if it means saying no to a “good” athlete (or parent) that might have a negative effect on your chosen training environment. Don’t apply too much pressure or training loads to young athletes as there are many statistics to support that we are losing our good athletes before they reach their potential. Keep it challenging but fun.

Siwa throws a record distance 29.11.17

Last week saw Siwa Harvey-Aziz set a new record in the 16-17 years discus. Siwa threw the 1.5kg discus 50.39 metres. Considering the old 1kg record from 1985 (which Siwa has since broken also) was 41.06m this was a huge achievement. Well done Siwa!
The closet thrower on the night was Blake Hartnett with a throw of 28.85m followed by veteran athlete Doug McNally who threw 28.80m.
It was great to see Mel Mustapic in the discus circle along with members of Siwa’s family also having a turn.
In the junior division the best male throw came from Reilly Caswell with a distance of 23.11m followed by Will Dyball on 19.64m and then Hamish McLaren on 17.42m.
Meanwhile Talea Miller took out the biggest distance in the female group with 16.34m just in front of Jessie Moffat on 16m.

In the shot put Siwa Harvey-Aziz was again the biggest thrower with 11.12m. Sam Taylor recorded 10.39m and Blake Hartnett 9.91m.
In the senior female group Tori Sayer did well with a throw of 8.51m and Kerrie Jones achieved 6.77m.

Paul Musgrove may not have been jumping with joy when he cleared the high jump bar at 1.45m but he did jump higher than Jordan deVries who cleared 1.40m and Sarah deVries on 1.30m.
In the long jump pit it was the juniors who competed for the longest jump. Mathew Higham staked his claim on this title with 4.16m. Reilly Caswell jumped 3.92m and Toby Dyball 3.74m.
Hannah Brian soared to 3.95m in the girls event with Jessie Moffat, Alisha Mustapic, Talea Miller and Laila Hartnett all jumping well too.

On the track the senior 800m was taken out by Brad Sawyers followed by Scott Martin. Both declared the race “was not fun” – the result of pushing each other along for a fast time.Dennis and Erin Smart took our third and fourth spot respectively.
In the 2km event the front runners reversed the finishing order with Scott Martin taking the win in front of Brad Sawyers. Dennis Smart took third place once again followed by Elisha Bell in fourth.

The junior 800m saw 18 eager competitors test their ability over two laps with a close sprint finish between Reilly Caswell (who was the eventual winner) and Will Dyball. Third and fourth was another very close finish with Toby Dyball just edging out Harrison Baxter.
The junior 2km saw another deserving win go to Reilly Caswell with Harrison Baxter second and Will Dyball third.

In the sprints the fastest junior times came from Matthew Higham, Reily Calwell, Lachlan Woods and Will Dyball in the boys events. In the girls races it was Jessie Moffat, Akala Miller, Alisha Mustaic and Talea Miller who were the quickest.
The spirit and enthusiasm from Miller and Winter Bell, Evie and Tom Smart, Dean Osgood and Malachy Martin was certainly worth cheering. Maybe the lollies at the end of the race is just the reward they need!
In the senior sprints female athletes Hannah Brian, Erin Smart, Taylor Moffat and Sarah deVries all ran well. In the male division Sam Taylor recorded the fastest time over 60m with 7.48 seconds followed by Paul Musgrove with 8.62 seconds.

Athletes are reminded that NSW Country Championships are not far away. They will be held in Wollongong over the Australia Day weekend so make sure you put this date in your diary. We'd love to see as many Nowra athletes there as possible.

Troy breaks 5000m Record 15.11.17

It was a momentous occasion for Troy Whittington on Wednesday night 15th November. Troy set a new record in the 18/19 years 5000 metres track event. Troy looked strong and focused from the start and maintained a consistent pace for the 12.5 laps to finish in 15.45 minutes; breaking the 37 year old record of 15.59 minutes set by Warren Schutz back in 1980 . The small crowd that remained for this last event of the night cheered Troy on and celebrated his record breaking run. Congratulations Troy! It was a great event to witness.

Tim Musson also set a new record on Wednesday in the 40-49 years discus. Tim threw 39.02 metres breaking his previous record of 38.69 metres from last season. Well done Tim - getting better by age it seems!

Also throwing well were the boys Blake Hartnett and Cooper Thomson, working hard to improve on their throwing prowess after the recent State Relays. Blake threw 32.75m in the javelin and 28.31 metres in the discus whilst Cooper recorded 40.15m in the javelin and 34.50m in discus.
Teenage girls Jade Mustapic and Ebony Johnson also recorded some great throws with Jade managing 15.92m in javelin and 19.85m in discus after quite a lengthy absence from Wednesday night competition. Meanwhile Ebony proved her skillful throwing arm with a throw of 26.65m in discus.

In the shot put the juniors showed some strength with Talea Miller throwing 7.51m, Jessie Moffatt 7.11m and Olivia Davis 6.37m. In the boys Hamish McLaren threw the greatest distance with 6.62m followed by Reilly Caswell on 6.59m and Dylan Johnstone on 6.20m.

At the long jump pit our juniors performed well with Akala Miller jumping 2.41m, Laila Hartnett jumping 2.29m and Jessie Moffatt just a centimetre behind on 2.28m.
In the boys event it was Matthew Higham who jumped the longest with 3.99m. Hamish McLaren jumped 3.43m and Reilly Caswell 3.65m.
Meanwhile our regular senior jumpers of Jordan deVries and Liam Dooley were evenly pitted this week with both jumping an equal distance of 4.60m. Sarah deVries wasnt too far behind with her biggest jump of 4.21m however it was Sam Taylor who jumped for joy with his leap of 6.51m.

Back on the track the senior 3000m was won by Brad Sawyers in 10.29 minutes. Scott Johnson ran in second in 12.18 minutes and Gavin Dyball crossed third in 15.01 minutes.
The junior 1000m was won by Reilly Caswell in 3.31.35 minutes in what was a close race against Matthew Higham who finished second in 3.32.61 minutes.

Wednesday night Track and Field competition will be held again next Wednesday night from 6pm.
Dont forget the NSW Country Championships will be held at Wollongong in January over the Australia day weekend so make sure you put this date in your diary and start thinking about which events you will enter. The new Club uniform can be ordered online. Get in early so you have the new uniform for the Championships!

Lara Jumps High 8.11.17

There was a large contingency of keen athletes at Nowra Athletics Track and Field competition last Wednesday night on 8th November.

In the high jump Lara Check jumped a record breaking 1.54 metres in the 14/15 years group; jumping higher than her older competitors of Liam Dooley (1.52m) and Jordan deVries (1.45m). Congratulations Lara on setting a new record!

There was a large field of junior male athletes having a turn in the discus net with Reilly Caswell throwing an impressive 24.99m. Will Dyball also threw long with 17.31m and Dylan Johnstone performed well with 14.34m on his return to Nowra Athletics this season.
In the girls’ junior discus once again Talea Miller had the biggest throw with a distance of 19.21m. Jayla Beresford was not far behind with 18.08m and Jessie Moffat threw 15.62m.
In the seniors discus throwing Tim Musson again shone with a throw of 38.54m. Cooper Thomson threw 33.96m and Sam Taylor threw 28.32m whilst Ben Johnson threw 28.07m just in front of sister Ebony Johnson on 26m.

The seniors enjoyed shot put with Cooper Thomson demonstrating his throwing arm with a throw of 11.29m. Callum Johnson also demonstrated his strength with a throw of 10.17m just behind Tim Musson who threw 10.36m. Chris Johnson out performed son Ben recording a best throw of 8.32m in front of Ben on 7.92m but Ebony Johnson went even better throwing 8.92m. It was great to see the Beresford family all having a turn in the shot put circle with Paul throwing 6.95m, Alissa recording 6.01m and Jayla 5.54m.

The long jump pit was busy with Reilly Caswell recording the longest jump for the junior boys with 3.93m and Liam Johnstone jumping 3.18m on his 2017 debut. In the girls event it was Jessie Moffat who jumped the longest with 3.50m and Olivia Davis was just a smidgen behind on 3.48m.
In the triple jump Sam Taylor was inspiring with a jump of 13.14m whilst Jordan deVries jumped 9.75m and Sarah deVries jumped 9.31m.

On the track it was Reilly Caswell who stormed ahead in the 800m to take the win in front of Will Dyball and Toby Dyball. In the senior teenager race Cam Musgrove claimed victory in his first track event of the season with Jesse Buckham second and Liam Dooley third. Whilst in the senior race Brad Sawyers stole the win in front of Scott Martin and Peter Dooley.
In the sprint events the junior males made it a family affair with siblings running well including Cameron, Harrison and Oliver Baxter, Tynan and Reilly Caswell, Noah and Toby Dyball, and Ben and Zac Maher. In the junior women Akala and Talea Miller ran well along with Allie and Jessie Moffatt.
Miller and Winter Bell ran with their characteristic smiles sporting their Nowra club colours in stripes! We love their enthusiasm!
In the senior sprint races it was great to see our master competitors putting it all out there including Gavin Dyball, Paul Musgrove, Martin Bell, and Chris Johnson.

In the final event of the night Scott Martin took out the 2000m with Brad Sawyers running in second and Dennis Smart taking third.

Track and Field will continue again next Wednesday night at 6pm at Shoalhaven High School.

2017 State Relays

The 2017 NSW Relay Championships were held at SOPAC on the weekend of 4th and 5th November.
Nowra Athletics Club entered just a handful of male teams this year but the boys had some great sucess and did the Club proud.
Cooper Thomson, Lachlan Kaszonyi, Blake Hartnett and Sam Taylor competed on the track in the U18 4 x 400m and 4 x 200m relays finishing 7th in both events. They then also ran in the U20 4 x 100m finishing 5th. Considering that Blake Hartnett replaced an injured Emerson Brian and the young boys competed against much older competitors they did extemely well.
In the field on Saturday Cooper Thomson, Siwa Harvey-Aziz, Blake Hartnett and Sam Taylor competed in the U18 discus and shot and came away with two silver medals. Ron Cox coached the boys on the day and said that he thinks it might be the first time Nowra has ever entered a boys throwing team. What a great result!
On Sunday sprinter Lachlan Kaszonyi stepped into the throwing team instead of Siwa and the team placed 4th in the U18 javelin. Sam speared 46.02m, Cooper 42.01m, Blake 33.28m and Lachlan 18.97m.
The boys also were unlucky to fall short of a medal in the U18 long jump with Lachlan Kaszonyi unfortunately recording three fouls. Sam Taylor jumped 6.15m, the third biggest jump on the day behind athletes from Trinity and Nepean. Cooper Thomson landed 5.90m and Blake Hartnett jumped 5.27m for a combined total of 17.32m.
Congratulations to our athletes and big thanks to Ron Cox and Mel Mustapic for organising and coaching over the weekend.
Next year it would be great to see more teams of all ages competing so if you are interested be sure to talk to the committee!


2017 NSW Relay Championships




Men 4 x 400m U18                         7th             3.41.35

Cooper Thomson

Lachlan Kaszonyi

Blake Hartnett

Sam Taylor


Men Discus throw U18                  2nd          138.01m

Cooper Thomson            36.54m

Siwa Harvey-Aziz            45.50m

Blake Hartnett                 27.98m

Sam Taylor                       27.99m


Men Shot Put U18                           2nd          40.02m

Cooper Thomson            10.53m

Siwa Harvey-Aziz           10.63m

Blake Hartnett                 8.69m

Sam Taylor                      10.17m


Men 4 x 100m U20                           5th            46.69

Cooper Thomson

Lachlan Kaszonyi

Blake Hartnett

Sam Taylor


Men 4 x 200m U18                           7th            1.37.50

Cooper Thomson

Lachlan Kaszonyi

Blake Hartnett

Sam Taylor


Men Javelin Throw U18                    4th          140.28m

Cooper Thomson             42.01m

Lachlan Kaszonyi             18.97

Blake Hartnett                 33.28m

Sam Taylor                       46.02m


Men long jump U18                           7th          17.32m

Cooper Thomson             5.90m

Lachlan Kaszonyi            x

Blake Hartnett                 5.27m

Sam Taylor                       6.15m

Records Fall 25.10.17

More records were broken last Wednesday 25th October at Nowra Athletics Track and Field. Troy Whittington demonstrated his great running form again, setting a new record in the 3000m of 9.08 minutes, breaking the record previously set by Jake Ring in the 2009/2010 season.
Sam Taylor also jumped his way into the record books again with a jump of 6.67m in the 16 years long jump. He smashed the previous record from 1994 which was 6.06m.
Congratulations both Troy and Sam!

In the throwing circle Reilly Caswell threw 6.72m in the junior boy’s shot put with Hamish McLaren achieving 5.08 metres and Tynan Caswell just behind at 5.06 metres. Jessie Moffatt performed well again this week with a throw of 6.47 metres in the junior women shot put. Talea Miller also threw well with 6.21 metres whilst Olivia Davis and Zoe Musson both threw in excess of 5 metres.

In the discus it was great to see Geoff Crook back at Nowra throwing well. This week saw Chris Johnson, Ebony Johnson and Ben Johnson battling it out for family bragging rights with Ebony taking the family win on 24.13m in front of Ben on 24.06m and Dad Chris on 23.54m.

Spearing great distances in the javelin was Tim Musson on 45.09 metres. Tim’s throwing arm is certainly receiving some ooohs and ahhhs from the younger athletes who watch in admiration. Not far behind Tim was Sam Taylor on 42.99 metres and Cooper Thomson on 38.46 metres. We also welcomed back Bill Pomplun to Wednesday night competition for the javelin along with Debbie Clark and Tori Sayer.

In the 1000m the senior race was taken out by Jesse Buckham with Brad Sawyers hot on his heels. Third was Denis Smart followed by Erin Smart.
The junior event was comfortably won by Reilly Caswell with Wil Osgood running in second. A sprint finish saw Hamish McLaren just holding out Harrison Baxter for a very close finish between third and fourth place.

In the sprints the senior boys put on a good show with speed and determination. Emerson Brian took out heat 1 in front of Sam Taylor followed by Lachlan Kaszonyi then Cooper Thomson and Ethan Havadjia. Heat 2 was won by Zac Havadjia with Liam Dooley and Sarah de Vries running in a dead heat for equal second.
Meanwhile our youngest runners received plenty of encouragement including Miller and Winter Bell, Evie and Tom Smart and Dean Osgood. Our fastest junior female over 100m was Jessie Moffat followed closely by Akala Miller whilst in the male races it was Reilly Caswell who had the most speed followed by Hamish McLaren.

The 400m is always a tough race and this week saw Jesse Buckham claim victory in front of Zac Havadjia with Dennis Smart in third place and Sarah de Vries in fourth.

Wednesday night track and field will continue each Wednesday night. All new members are welcome. Register online via the links on the website.

NSW Relay Championships

NSW Relay Championships are on at SOPAC, 4th - 5th November. The NSW Relay Championships is the largest and most successful relay event in Australia. The competition is held over two days and hosts over 700 teams from NSW clubs. Athletes must be registered with an Athletics NSW affiliated club for the 2017/18 season. If you are not currently registered with Nowra Athletics Club you can register online through the links on our website.
The NSW Relay Championships is conducted in the Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, Under 20, Open and Masters age categories. With the exception of Masters, all age groups are determined by age of the athlete on the 31st December 2017. Masters ages are determined as at the first day of competition.
Events include:
4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m, 4x1500m, 4x1500m Walk, Medley Relay, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin.
Club administrators must submit all entries to Athletics NSW by 9am Wednesday 1st November so please contact Mel Mustapic or Darlene Musgrove ASAP if you want to participate in these team events. They are a fun way to connect with other athletes and enjoy some competition on the track.

Week 2 Track & Field 18.10.17

Week 2 of Nowra Athletics Track & Field was held on Wednesday 18th October with many new faces amongst our returning members. The Committee would like to welcome everyone to the 2017/2018 season.

In the field our seniors enjoyed the shot put. Kerrie Jones is back again this year and continues her record breaking streak from last season with a throw of 7.04 metres. Congratulations Kerrie.
Cooper Thomson measured the greatest distance of 10.32 metres with Tim Musson not far behind with a throw of 10.12 metres. Newcomer Sam Taylor threw 9.94 metres and Blake Hartnett was just in front with 9.98 metres.

In the discus Cooper Thomson and Tim Musson again battled it out for the biggest throw. This time Tim triumphed with a throw of 37.90 metres in front of Cooper on 37.02 metres whilst Jackson Musson showed he is definitely following in dad’s throwing footsteps recording a throw of 31.41 metres. It was great to see veteran thrower Doug McNally back again at Nowra Athletics and he showed that he’s definitely still got it with a throw of 26.67 metres. The Johnson brothers Ben and Callum both threw well alongside dad Chris.
In the junior boys divisions Will Maher was the biggest discus thrower with a distance of 19.56 metres. Hamish Doonan performed well with 16.21 metres as did Jonah Watson with 15.05 metres. In the girls Zoe Musson proved the family throwing strength recording the biggest throw with a distance of 16.20 metres. Jayla Beresford was not far behind with 15.98 metres and Jessie Moffat was next with 15.72 metres.

Once again our three regular triple jumpers demonstrated some friendly rivalry and recorded jumps within 8 centimetres of each other. Liam Dooley jumped 9.79 metres with Jordan deVries on 9.76 metres and sister Sarah deVries a smidgen behind on 9.71 metres. Newcomer Sam Taylor joined the trio and jumped a massive 13.18 metres, fresh from his medal winning performance at NSW All Schools Championships. Sam won silver in the 16 years triple jump and gold in the long jump last weekend. Congratulations Sam and welcome to Nowra Athletics Club.

The junior girls enjoyed long jump with Jessie and Allie Moffat, Emily McLaren, Olivia and Elysha Davis and Laila Hartnett all jumping well. The boys group saw our youngest competitors landing their jumps with increasing success including Ben Maher, Harry Thomson, Tom Smart, Brody Woods and Dean Osgood.

On the track the junior 800m was won by Will Osgood with Alisha Mustapic second and Harrison Baxter third whilst the senior race was taken out by Brad Sawyers with Scott Martin second and Cooper Thomson third.

The sprint events included a 60m and 200m event. Sam Taylor demonstrated he has speed as well as jumping prowess with a win in both events in the senior races whilst Alisha Mustapic continues to show form in the junior girls races. It was great to see Chris Johnson back sprinting in the veterans class, alongside Scott Martin and Paul Beresford.
Littlies Evie and Tom Smart continue to participate in all events including the sprints with a smile and plenty of enthusiasm as does Dean Osgood and Ben Maher. New competitors Winter and Miller Bell shared this energy and enthusiasm too and ran well in both the 60m and 200m.

In the last event of the night, Troy Whittington certainly ‘kept the best to last’ winning the 2000m track event in a record breaking time of 5.57 minutes. Congratulations Troy. Running in second was Brad Sawyers followed by Dennis Smart.

Nowra Athletics Track and Field Competition will continue each Wednesday night from 6pm at Shoalhaven High School. All ages and all abilities are welcome to join in. Register online following the links on the website.

All Schools 2017

There was over 1,700 students who competed in this year's 2017 2XU NSW All Schools Championships! Some of our junior Nowra athletes competed with great results.
There was an amazing display of athletics at it's best, and we congratulate all our local athletes.
We had a number of steeple chase competitors with Victoria Kennedy bringing home the silver medal in the 16 years event and Alex O'Brien also winning silver in the 14 years. Chelsea Pascoe did really well in her steeple event finishing 8th in the 14 years whilst Hugh Dobson ran in 4th in the 17 years.
In the field we had Annette Peace finish 6th in the 16 years discus and Siwa Harvey-Aziz also placed 6th in his 16 years event.
Lara Check battled it out amongst a very competitive field to finish 9th in both the 14 years long jump and high jump. Whilst Mason Bersford jumped his way to 11th place in the 14 years triple jump.
Cooper Thomson competed in both field and track events fresh after his recent win at the NSW All Schools Multi Event. He came away with a silver medal in the 16 years pole vault and placed 12th in discus and 10th in javelin, and on the track he ran in 20th overall in the 400m.
In the distance event Alex O'Brien backed up after his steeplechase earlier in the Championships to place 17th in the 14 years 3000m.
In the middle distance events Sam Maher ran in 27th in both the 13 years 800m and 1500m whilst Ethan Havadjia stepped it up on the track this year with a great run in the 15 years 800m to finish 10th in his heat as well as running in 14th in the 400m. Alec Dobson took on the 800m also and placed 7th in his 13 years heat and 20th overall.
We had a couple of hurdlers competing for Nowra with Jessie Boardman finishing 9th in the 16 years 400m hurdles and Lachlan Kaszonyi running in 7th in the 16 years male event. Lachlan also competed in the 400m sprint finishing 24th overall and was 22nd in the 200m.
Mikayla Check battled a leg injury but still managed to courageously run the 16 years 100m (24th) and 200m (21st).
Sprinter Lily Wheeler finished 12th in the 14 years 100m whilst Emerson Brian ran a Personal Best time to place 5th in the 19 years 100m; the day before  his HSC exams start!
Quiet achiever Will Maher competed in the 12-15 years Discus Para event placing 5th with a throw of 16.83m and also ran the 100m sprint for another 5th place.
Congratulations to all these athletes. We hope to see you all at Track and Field on Wednesday night, preparing for the next competition event!

Summer Track & Field Begins 11th October

Nowra Athletics returned to the Shoalhaven High School track on Wednesday 11th October for the first night of Summer Track and Field competition for the 2017/2018 season.
There was a healthy number of participants; all eager to get back into the swing of throwing, jumping and running.

In the field all junior grades were combined for the first week back and we saw some mighty distances achieved in the discus with Talea Miller throwing 18.91 metres, Zoe Musson achieving 18.17 metres and Will Maher 18.46 metres.
Grades A and B and Vets speared some good efforts in the javelin. Tim Musson and Cooper Thomson equally threw the furtherest both recording a throw of 42.87 metres. Steve Thomson was next with a throw of 31.76 metres followed closely by Geoff Crook with 31.10 metres.
In the shot put Cooper Thomson recorded the biggest distance with a throw of 9.86 metres. Ebony Johnson performed well with 8.76 metres whilst Jackson Musson was just 1cm behind with 8.75 metres but 20 cms in front of dad Tim Musson who landed 8.55 metres.
In the juniors Talea Miller was again the biggest thrower on the night with 7.50 metres. Jessie Moffat threw well with 7.01 metres. Rose Hollywood also threw well with 6.48 metres and Olivia Davis landed 6.11 metres.

In the triple jump we welcomed back the dynamic trio of Sarah de Vries (8.46 metres), Jordan de Vries (9.87 metres) and Liam Dooley (8.58 metres). They also took on the long jump with Liam jumping 4.84 metres in front of Jordan on 4.49 metres and Sarah on 4.33 metres. Harrison Baxter also competed in the long jump and recorded 3.03 metres.
Our juniors enjoyed the high jump with Matthew Higham jumping the highest, crossing the bar at 1.36 metres. Will Dyball cleared 1.05 metres whilst Toby Dyball jumped 1.00 metres. Also competing was Olivia Davis and Hamish McLaren who both jumped 0.95 metres and Emily McLaren who jumped to 0.90 metres.

On the track competition was fierce with some close results.
In the 60m sprint the quickest junior over the first 5 heats was Toby Dyball with a clocked time of 9.80. Then we had several competitors all running under 11 seconds. Hamish McLaren ran 10.19, Alisha Muspaic clocked 10.38, Olivia Davis 10.39, Emily McLaren and Laila Hartnett both ran 10.54 and Harrison Baxter finished in 10.58.
Our senior athletes saw Emerson Brian clock 7.68 in the 60m sprint with Cooper Thomson and Jesse Buckham finishing a dead heat in 8.12. Paul Musgrove tested his sprint legs clocking 8.68 in the master’s category. Husband and wife duo Dennis and Erin Smart both ran well with Dennis running 8.84 and Erin 9.26 seconds over 60m.
The second sprint distance of 100m saw our senior males and training partners enjoying some friendly competition. Emerson Brian took the win with Lachlan Kaszonyi 2nd, Cooper Thomson 3rd, Jesse Buckham 4th ad Blake Hartnett in 5th.
Our veteran men had a good hit out in the 100m with Scott Martin, Gavin Dyball and Glen Mustapic running in the heat with the 3 senior female athletes of Sarah devries, Taylor Moffat and Erin Smart.
In the middle distance event of 1500m Jesse Buckham took the win with Scott Martin in 2nd and Dennis Smart 3rd. Blake Hartnett put on a sprint finish to take 4th and Will Dyball was 5th.
The 600m was also won by Jesse Buckham with Emerson Brian 2nd and Blake Hatnett 3rd. The junior 600m event was taken out by Toby Dyball with Will Osgood 2nd, Alisha Mustapic 3rd. Our youngest competitors performed very well too with Ben Maher, Dean Osgood and Evie Smart running strong.

Track and Field will continue next Wednesday night from 6pm at Shoalhaven High School. Arrive early if you want to make enquiries or purchase uniform. Registrations for membership can be done on line through the Athletics NSW website or via the link on the Nowra Athletics page.

Summer Track & Field Trial Night 4th October

Summer Track and Field Competition will kick off on Wednesday 11th October after the school holidays. However there will be a 'trial night'  the week prior on Wednesday 4th October. Come along for registration and uniform purchases on this night. Enjoy the opportunity for some fun running before the 'serious competition' starts!

The Club looks forward to seeing everyone at Shoalhaven High School for track and field competition in the new uniform!

Have you ordered yours yet?
You can do this online at SportsMagic uniforms here.

If you'd like to see a sample of the uniform, please contact Mel Mustapic who has a full range to try for sizing.

Winter Presentation and Uniform Launch

The Nowra Athletics Winter cross country presentation was held on Saturday 5th August at Willandra.
The afternoon started with the launch of the new athletics club uniform.
Models proudly strutted their stuff in the new attire which incorporates the old logo and colours with a new modern stylish design and clearly displays the Nowra wording so our athletes can be easily identified. With a range of tops and bottoms options available athletes will be able to choose the piece that best suits them. The club looks forward to seeing all athletes wearing the new uniform throughout the upcoming track and field season and future competitions.
Orders can be made online from Monday 7th August with Sportsmagic www.sportsmagic.com.au If anyone missed the launch and wants to try on the uniform for sizing they can contact Mel Mustapic who has a sample set.

After the uniform fashion parade, the trophies were presented for the first three place getters in each division of each distance for the Winter Competition.
In the 1km distance event each participant was awarded a certificate and a ribbon. Attending the most rounds across the season was Dean Osgood and Will Anderson; both attending 13 rounds. Emily and Heidi McLaren were next for attendance with both running in 12 rounds. Great effort to these little athletes!

In the 2km course there was only two points separating first and second place. The winner of Division 1 was Darcy Arnold on 554 points with Cameron Harrison coming in second on 552 points whilst Hamish McLaren was third on 545. Division 2 was won by Katie Martin. Camryn Anfruns placed second and Brodie Wilson was third.

In the 3km Division 1 Lou Reali took the top points on a score of 550. Second was Mathew Higham on 514 points and third was Bethany Dobson on 452 points.
Division 2 of the 3km was taken out by Alastair Urquhart on 563 points with Andrew Havadjia second on 553 and Harriet Urquhart was third on 547 points. Running a very close fourth was Rommey Hazell on 543 points.

Medium course Division 1 winner was Paul Duncan whilst runner up was Jasper Arnold. Third was Cristine Suffolk (aka Batgirl) just three points ahead of fourth place Alec Dobson.
Division 2 was won by Lucas Johnson. Dean Bryce was second but almost missed out on his medal due to a mis-placed identity crisis from Zara and Laura who pushed through the crowd calling out “I’m Dean Bryce!” Dean stood his ground and proudly (maybe smugly) accepted his medal. Erin Smart was the recipient of third place and happily shared the glory with children Evie and Tom.
Division 3 Medium course was claimed by Alex Arnold whilst Angela Urquhart (the third Urquhart family member to win a medal in the Winter cross country competition) was second. Zara Wells-Smith got to accept her own medal (not Dean’s) with her third place triumph.

Long course was won by quiet achiever Bradley Sawyers who ran consistently in 15 rounds across the season. Coming in second was Perry Strand and just two points behind was Scott Johnson in third place.
Division 2 long course was claimed by Ming Leung whilst second was Erich Moeller-Duhme and third was Milton Cox.

Trophies were also awarded for the fastest times across each distance.
Fastest male and female athletes over 2km were Toby Dyball and Darcy Arnold whilst fastest over 3km were Matthew Higham and Bethany Dobson.
Running the quickest over the medium course were Alec Dobson and Cristine Suffolk (maybe the batwings assisted her) and the fastest athletes this season in long course were Matt Lewis and Annie Schofild.

Congratulations to all these athletes who medalled and to all the athletes who competed over the 2017 Winter cross country season.

After all the official business of the day was finished athletes, young and not so young, enjoyed a scavenger hunt, organised my Alison Havadjia. There was much laughter and collaboration as runners searched for clues around the Willandra course with the promise of chocolate and a sausage sizzle at the end of the hunt! It certainly was a great afternoon of celebration and camaraderie.

Summer Track and Field will kick off on Wednesday 11th October after the school holidays. The Club looks forward to seeing everyone at Shoalhaven High School for track and field competition after a well deserved few weeks break – hopefully in the new uniform!

Winter Presentation is on Saturday 5th August

This coming Saturday will be the final week of cross country running for the Winter season for Nowra Athletics Club. The final run will be a novelty event, to be held at Willandra on Saturday 5th August from 2.30pm.
In addition to the novelty-event run we will be holding for the first time a separate Winter Season Presentation.
Trophies will be awarded for the first three place getters in each division of each distance across the Winter competition.
Come along and see how you fared in the points table. Did you gather enough points to earn a top three position?
There will be a free sausage sizzle to enjoy and to add to the festivities there will be the special launch of the Club's new uniform with a mini fashion parade!
Come and check out the new colours and design for our very stylish uniform. We are soon to be the best dressed athletes on any course or track!
Uniform order requests will be taken on the day so athletes can get in early for their uniform in preparation for the upcoming Track and Field season. Don’t miss out!
We invite everyone to attend from Cross Country members to Track and Field members to new and interested members. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of fun, running, celebration and camaraderie.
With any luck the weather will be just as glorious as it was this past weekend.

Timberhills mixed relays 29.7.17

The Timberhills mixed relays were a fun event for all.
Mixing the distances and abilities of athletes proved to be great for building team spirit and camaraderie. The first runner ran 1km whilst the next three runners completed 3kms each of the Timberhills course, urged on by their fellow team mates and spectators.
First team to finish was made up of Noah Dyball, Max Hazell, Gavin Dyball and Brad Sawyers who finished in 46:47 minutes.
Next team was William Dyball, Toby Dyball, Megan Fitt and Matt Khourey in 47.30 minutes.
Coming in third was the team of Levi Wallis, Crissy Suffolk, Eva Moeller-Duhme and Scott Martin who crossed in 49.04 minutes.
Running in runners-up in fourth position was Emily McLaren, Angela Urquhart, Lucas Johnson and Rebecca Cooper in 49:25 minutes.
Our fifth team was led off by young Kate Leung followed by Rommy Hazell, and Paul Duncan and then Ming Leung brought it home in a combined time of 49.34 minutes.
Sixth was Heidi McLaren, Zac Peters, Kyra Florance and Darrin Smith in 50.45 minutes.
Seventh was the combined efforts of Hamish McLaren, Harriett Urquahart, Graham Smith and Scott Johnson in 52.02 minutes.
In eighth position wasKatie Martin, Ella Dyball, Di Court and Bill Broughton in 54.08 minutes.
Finishing ninth was the team of Aidan McLaren, Jasper Leung, Kieran Harrison and Erich Moeller-Duhme in 54.55 minutes.
Rounding out the top ten was Cameron Harrison, Tennille Wallis, Donna Johnson and Richard Bosdyk in 56.04 minutes.
Congratulations to all the athletes who participated and showed great sportsmanship in the true tradition of Nowra Athletics Club; a family friendly club.

Longreach Pack Start 22.7.17

A pack start was the order of the day for cross country at Longreach on Saturday 22nd July with everyone off “go”.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and whilst numbers were considerably lower than past weeks, enthusiasm and friendly banter was high.
There was no pressure of points on offer so everyone was relaxed and some may have run their quickest times yet!

In the 1 kilometre Alisha Mustapic and Kate Leung both crossed in five minutes whilst Adle Graham recorded 5.23 minutes and Micah Procter was hot on their heels, finishing in 5.25 minutes. Next was Elsie Procter followed by Noah Dyball, William Anderson and Toby Graham. Well done 1’kers!

In the 2kms it was Toby Dyball who crossed the line first in 8.49 minutes with Cameron Harrison crossing second and Thomas Duncan third. Next was Travis Graham then Levi Wallace, Brodie Wilson and Jacob Wilson.

From 17 competitors first home in the 3km event was Alec Dobson in 11.05 minutes followed by William Dyball then Jasper Arnold. Tara Mustapic ran well to finish fourth then Zac Peters and Francis Fairs.

The Medium course saw 19 recorded runners finish (with another two who ran off their own start time!) and this time it was Hugh Dobson who took line honours in 20.22 minutes. Next home was Lucas Johnson then Jon Schol .Cooper Thomson, Bill Broughton and Annette Sampson ran in next in respective order.

Long course had another 17 runners record a finish time with Matt Lewis crossing the line first in 33.47 minutes. Next in was Scott Martin then Brad Sawyers. Not far behind were Scott Johnson, Perry Strand and Darcy Hopkins.
It was a great afternoon of running.

Next week there will be mixed cross country relays at Timberhills. Everyone needs to arrive by 2.30pm so we have time to organize relay teams. This is another great opportunity for some pressure-free running in a picturesque setting with an element of fun and friendly competition thrown in.
The following week will be the final week of cross country running for the Winter season. This will be held at Willandra and in addition to the novelty-event run we will be holding the Winter Season Presentation. Trophies will be awarded for the first three place getters in each division of each distance. There will be a free sausage sizzle to enjoy and to add to the festivities there will be the special launch of the Club's new uniform with a mini fashion parade! Uniform order requests will be taken on the day so athletes can get in early for their uniform in preparation for the upcoming Track and Field season. Don’t miss out!
We invite everyone to attend and enjoy an afternoon of fun, running, celebration and camaraderie.

Final pointscore round 15.7.17

The final round of pointscore competition for Nowra Athletics Winter Cross Country was held on Saturday 15th July at Timberhills.
Running the 1 kilometre course were fourteen eager participants. Crossing the line first yet again was Emily McLaren followed by Harry Thomson then Micah Procter.
In the 2km event Division 1 was won by Alisha Mustapic with Kate Leung in second place and Toby Dyball in third. Division 2 points went to Katie Martin, whilst Amy Coulson-Knight ran in second and Brodie Wilson took third place.

In the 3km event it was Bethany Dobson who crossed the line first followed by Lou Reali then Matthew Higham. In Division 2 there were just three competitors and they finished with Alastair Urquhart first, Sharyn Bryce second and Harriet Urquhart third.

Medium course Division 1 saw Paul Duncan take line honours with Alex O’Brien second and Cam Musgrove third. Division 2 winner was Erin Smart followed by Lucas Johnson then Dean Bryce. Meanwhile in Division 3 the podium finish went to Razz Morgan, Donna Johnson and Gavin Urquhart in that order.

Running well still at this end of the season is Brad Sawyers who took first place in Long course. Matt Lewis ran in second and Damian Smith was third. Division 2 was won by Rebecca Cooper with Hannah Vaughan second and Erich Moeller-Duhme third.

Whilst the pointscore rounds have finished there is still more cross country running on the calendar with some non pointscore no-pressure running to be had at Longreach and Timberhills over the next two weeks.
There will be a sealed handicap run at Longreach on Saturday 22nd July and then a fun cross country relay run at Timberhills on Saturday 29th July.
The grand finale of the season will be a novelty run at Willandra on Saturday 5th August with the season presentation to occur after the run. Trophies will be awarded on this afternoon for the first three place getters in each division of each distance. There wil be a free sausage sizzle to enjoy too! In addition the Club will be launching their new uniform with a mini fashion parade! Dont miss out! This is a new initiative for trophy presentation this year so athletes don’t have to wait till next year to receive their awards. You need to come along to see if you won! Remember many of the pointscores were close over the Winter season so you could be a podium winner! Come along and find out! Even if you don’t take home a trophy come along and share an afternoon of running and friendship at the beautiful Willandra.

Times improved at Willandra 8.7.17

Round 14 of Nowra Athletics Club Winter cross country competition was held on Saturday 8th July at Willandra.
Club registrar Jan Gibb reported that many runners improved their best Willandra time, by minutes in some cases.

There were twelve little runners in the 1km this week with the winner, yet again being Emily McLaren. In second place was Micah Procter and in third place was Amba Florance.

In the 2km Division 1 was taken out by Darcy Davis. Travis Graham was next across the line followed by Thomas Duncan. Running the fastest over 2kms was Toby Dyball in 8.22 minutes. Toby finished fourth from back marker position, running off a 3.10 minute handicap whilst Darcy Arnold was the quickest female in 10.14 minutes.
Division 2 saw Lincon Betts take the top points with Katie Martin taking second place and Myra Betts claiming third place.

Division 1 of the 3km course was won by Wil Osgood. Thomas Pratt ran in second and Isobel Cofield took third place in the fastest female time of 14.49 minutes. William Dyball started off a 4.10 minute handicap and ran through to finish middle of the pack but with the fastest time of 12.41 minutes.
In Division 2 it was Go marker Andrew Havadjia who took line honours with Tennille Wallis second and Alastair Urquhart third.

Medium course Division 1 had just six competitors this week with Jasper Arnold taking the points for the win. Cristine Suffolk was the fastest female crossing in second place in 17.22 minutes and third was Dennis Smart. The fastest male over the 4 kms this week was Cam Musgrove in 15.29 minutes who finished 5th, just in front of fellow back marker Alec Dobson; both running off 2.50 minutes handicap.
Division 2 was claimed by Erin Smart with Dean Bryce running in second and Phillip Duncan took third.
Zahra Wells-Smith may have proclaimed “I’m slow” at the recorders table but conversely was the winner of Division 3 medium course. Husband and wife duo Angela and Gavin Urquhart battled it out for bragging rights, taking second and third place respectively.

In long course this week it was Richard Bosdyk who crossed the line first followed by Bradley Sawyers who is running consistently strong at the moment whilst Peter Khourey was third.
Matt Lewis was the fastest long distance runner this week finishing in 29.10 minutes in seventh place from back marker handicap of 12.30 minutes. Fastest female was Kim Dobson in 39.03 minutes.
Division 2 was won by Darren Morris with committee member Sue Anfruns taking second place and Erich Moeller-Duhme ran in third.

There is only one more week of pointscore competition left with the final points round to be held at Timberhills on July 15th.
Make sure you come and run to get your final points!
However that’s not the end of cross country; there will be some novelty cross country running at Longreach on the 22nd and back again at Timberhills on the 29th before the final week at Willandra on the 5th of August.
This year the cross country winners of each distance and division will be awarded their trophies at the end of season presentation day to be held at Willandra on the 5th of August. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer!

Longreach run 1.7.17

Round 13 of Nowra Athletics cross country was held at Longreach on Saturday 1st July.
It was another perfect sunny afternoon with crisp temperatures; ideal for running!

In the first event it was Emily McLaren once again who was the quickest over the 1 kilometre and Micah and Elsie Procter were not far behind her!
Always trying hard to do their best and improve each week, William Anderson and Evie Smart were rewarded with 4th and 5th place this week.

In the 2km it was Kate Leung who crossed first in Division 1. Darcy Arnold ran 9.35 minutes clocking the fastest female time over 2kms and Reilly Caswell ran in third in the fastest time of 8.45 minutes.
Division 2 winner was Brodie Wilson with Wil Osgood second and Katie Martin third.

3 kms Division 1 had just four competitors this week with Lou Reali taking line honours followed by Isobel Cofield with the fastest female time of 14.38 minutes, then Bidgette Fairs and Alisha Rawlinson.
Division 2 was won by Jasper Leung with Ella Heald second and Rommey Hazell third.

Medium Course Division 1 had low numbers too with just six contenders. Paul Duncan was the victor with Alex O'Brien running in second as the fastest runner with 21.39 minutes on the clock. Cameron Musgrove gave the medium course another go and ran in third whilst Cooper Thomson was fourth, followed by Jon Schol and Jasper Arnold.
Division 2 was taken out by Peter Heald with Lucas Johnson claiming second place and Dean Bryce was third. Erin Smart was the fastest female over this distance finishing in 25.05 minutes whilst Division 3 winner was Megan Fitt followed by Razz Morgan and Lisa Carroll.

Long course was well represented - there are more (crazy) runners willing to run longer distances it seems!
Taking line honours was young Kieren Harrison but it was Matt Lewis who was the fastest crossing second in 32.31 minutes. Irwin Burbage rounded out the top three whilst Annie Schofield recorded the fastest female time of 47.32 minutes crossing in sixteenth place.
In Division 2 numbers were lower and it was Ming Leung who claimed the top points for first place. Rob Woods ran in second followed by Darren Morris, Erich Moeller-Duhme, David Hughes, Sue Anfruns and Kevyn Davis in that order.

Next week cross country will be held at Willandra on the 8th July.

In other news the 2017 XCC Short Course was held at Upjohn Park, Rydalmere on Sunday, 2 Jul 2017.
Competing for Nowra were a number of young runners. In the Under 14's 3km event Alec Dobson ran 11.02 minutes finishing 20th whilst Sam Maher was 29th in 11.34 minutes. In the Under 18's 5km event Hugh Dobson ran strongly to place 11th in 17.05 minutes.
Running in the Under 20 event Troy Whittington placed 15th amongst a competitive field with 17.22 minutes on the clock.
Meanwhile representing the seniors was Cristine Suffolk who finished 14th in 32.59 minutes in the combined Open 35+ event over 7.5kms.
Congratulations to these runners flying the flag for the Nowra Club.

Return Match against Kembla Joggers 24.6.17

Nowra Athletics Club members travelled to West Dapto on Saturday 24th June for the return cross country match against Kembla Joggers in the Mccaffrey Challenge.
It was a sunny Winter afternoon as the runners converged at the Kembla Joggers home course.
In the 1km event the first runner home for Nowra was Emily McLaren in 9th place. Next Nowra runner was Anna Duncan in 14th place and then Elsie Procter and Micah Procter came in 20th and 21st.
In the 2km it was another McLaren who took the first Nowra finisher title with Hamish McLaren coming in 9th. Next for Nowra was Darcy Arnold in 13th place and then Isabel Cofield was 23rd.

Kembla dominated again in the 3km race with Sam Maher crossing first for Nowra in 8th position whilst Ethan Havadjia was 15th, Lou Reali was 22nd and Bethany Dobson was 23rd.

Hugh Dobson flew the flag for Nowra in the 4km taking out the win in 13.33.1 minutes. Next home was brother Alec Dobson in 8th place and Dennis Smart was then 13th. First female home for Nowra was Cristine Suffolk in 19th place in 16.41.5 minutes.

in the long course Nowra was well represented with Matthew Lewis taking second place in 28.18.1 minutes and Brad Sawyers was third in 29.57.8 minutes. Scott Johnson was seventh to make three in the top ten for Nowra. Next best finisher was Darcy Hopkins in 16th place.

Whilst Nowra was certainly out numbered by the home club the athletes who competed in the McCaffrey match enjoyed the afternoon run at the Kembla Joggers Cross Country Running Park and thank Kembla Joggers for their warm hospitality.

Next Saturday cross country will be at Longreach on July 1st.

Final placings for NSW Cross Country Championships

Final results for the NSW Cross Country Championships have been published on the Athletics NSW website now.
A BIG congratulations to our podium finishers!
In the Female 45-49 years 10km event Cristine Suffolk won gold in 45.56 minutes. Annie Schofield just mised out on a medal, finishing 4th and Sue Anfruns finished 5th.
In the lower age group of 40-44 years Kim Dobson placed 4th as did Eva Moeller-Duhme in the 65-69 years.

In the mens events our youngest senior runner Bradley Sawyers placed 44th in the Opens event whilst next youngest Scott Martin finished 6th in the 40-44 years event.
In the 45-49 years group Damian Smith finished just out of medal contention with a 4th place. Scott Johnson was 9th and Ming Leung 15th. However the 45+ team managed to claim a bronze team medal.

In the 50+ event Perry Strand stood proud on the podium for his silver medal whilst Richard Bosdyk placed 7th.

Claiming another medal for Nowra was Peter Dooley with a 3rd place in the 55-59 years 8km event. Grame Pepper was just short of the podium in 4th place and Peter Khourey was 6th whilst in the 60-64 years Bill Broughton was 4th.
For their combined efforts the 55-64 years men claimed gold in the teams event.

The trio in the Mens 65-69 years group of Robert Pickard, Milton Cox and Kevyn Davis finished 5th, 6th and 7th respectively but with Erich Moeller-Duhme who won individual bronze in the 70-74 years category, managed to snare silver in the 65-74 years team medals. Well done!

In addition our female under 12's team placed 4th in the teams placings whilst our male under 12's finished with a bronze medal.
The Under 14's male team finished 4th as did the Under 16's but our Under 18 boy's claimed another bronze for Nowra.

Congratulations everyone on great results!

2017 NSW Cross Country Championships

The 2017 NSW cross country championships were held at Willandra on Saturday 17th June. It was the 19th occasion the Gibb’s have hosted the event at Willandra, the first being in 1993.
The clouds hovered around all day, and the weather forecast threatened rain but it remained dry and provided perfect conditions for cross country running.
Nowra was well represented on the day with some pleasing results.

Our junior numbers were strong with twelve Under 12 runners running the 2km course. First Nowra runner home was Ruby Marshall in 16th place. Ella Colusso was 19th, Bethany Dobson was 22nd, Darcy Arnold 23rd, Isobel Cofield 25th, Alisha Mustapic 27th and little Evie Smart was 28th in the female race. In the male race Matthew Higham was top finisher for Nowra in 13th place. Toby Dyball finished 16th, Cooper Barrett was 19th, Reilly Caswell 26th and Zac Maher 28th. In addition Zac Peters ran in the Shoalhaven Little Athletics colours as a dual athlete and finished 27th.

In the Under 14’s Nowra had 6 participants in the male 3km race. Alec Dobson ran a strong race to finish one place out of the top ten, in 11th place. Jasper Arnold was 32nd, Sam Maher 33rd, William Dyball 35th, Lucas Johnson 36th and Wil Osgood 37th.

Chelsea Pascoe was the sole representative for Nowra in the Under 16 4km female race, finishing 37th whilst in the boys race Alex O’Brien was first home for Nowra in 31st place followed by Max Buckham in 38th place, Darcy Hopkins 40th and Ethan Havadjia 45th.

Our older teens performed well in the Under 18 event across 6kms. Hugh Dobson was the fastest Nowra runner finishing in 12th place. Jesse Buckham was 28th, Kieren Harrison 31st and sprinter Lachlan Kaszonyi gave it his all showing much determination to place 32nd. Not sure if Lachie has been convinced to give up the track for cross country running anytime soon though!

In the Under 20’s Harry McGill looked strong all the way and was only narrowly beaten across the line for a podium finish, crossing in 4th place in 27.28 minutes. Troy Whittington also ran a strong race to finish 12th in 28.47 minutes. Zac Havadjia, another sprinter trying his hand at cross country distances this year, finished 26th.

In the seniors races across the combined events Nowra had 20 runners. At the time of writing this article the official results with age category splits had not been published online so the results listed here are overall placings. Final results will be listed on the website when they are published by Athletics NSW.

In the combined 55+, 60+, 65+ women’s 6km event Eva Moeller-Duhme ran with her usual enthusiasm to place 12th overall.
In the male event over 8km we had eight athletes in the gold and black for Nowra. Peter Dooley was up there at the front finishing a strong 4th overall in 35.14 minutes. Graeme Pepper was not far behind in 6th place in 35.35 minutes. Peter Khourey was 9th, Bill Broughton 16th, Robert Pickard 22nd, Milton Cox was 25th and Erich Moeller-Duhme was 27th. Smiling all the way relishing the mud between his toes was Kevyn Davis, leaving his chook post to run the hills of Willandra Kevyn finished in 34th place overall.

Running in the combined event of Opens, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+ over 10km Crissy Suffolk was first home for Nowra in an overall placing of 18th. Kim Dobson ran a solid race to finish 27th whilst Annie Schofield was not far behind in 30th place and Sue Anfruns was 37th.
In the male event Scott Martin put in a solid performance to finish 27th in 38.53 minutes with Damian Smith coming in next for Nowra in 34th place. Competing in the Opens category Brad Sawyers ran a steady race to finish 40th. Perry Strand was unswerving in his pace to finish 49th overall with Club President Scott Johnson hot on his heels in 50th place. Richard Bosdyk finished 64th and Ming Leung finished with a smile in 66th place.

In addition to the Championship events many runners enjoyed the Combined Fun Run with 1km, 2km and 4km distances on offer.
The Committee would like to thank all the volunteers on the day who gave up their time to help make the event run smoothly and contributed to the success of the Championship. Thanks of course to Jan & Rod Gibb for the use of the beautiful Willandra course.

Next week the Club will travel to Dapto for the return match against Kembla Joggers in the McCaffrey Challenge.

Longreach after the rain 10.6.17

Round 10 of Nowra Athletics cross country competition was held on a wet track on Saturday 10th June at Longreach.
Despite the puddles most runners improved their times.

Micah Procter won the 1km event followed by Saxon Egan and Elsie Procter.
Division 1 of the 2km was taken out by Lila Pratt while Alisha Mustapic ran in second and Hamish McLaren was third.
The Graham's cleaned up Division 2 with Travis Graham, Adele Graham and Sam Graham taking out the top three positions.

In the 3km Ethan Havadjia took line honours with William Pratt taking second place and Wil Osgood taking third.
Matthew Higham clocked the fastest time with 11.56 minutes and Bridgette Fairs was the fastest female in a time of 14.49 minutes.
Division 2 saw Andrew Havadjia take the top points with sister and brother duo taking second and third as Harriet Urquhart and Alastair Urquhart ran in next.

Medium Course was unexpectantly won by Cam Musgrove who missed the start of the 3km so decided it might be a good idea to run the Medium Course. Cam started on 2 minutes 40 handicap and crossed the finish line first but was pushed along by Alex O'Brien who was hot on his heels and ran the fastest time of 21.28 minutes. Jasper Arnold was third.
Lucas Johnson ran in first in Division 2 followed by Erin Smart who ran the fastest female time of 25.49 minutes and Angela Bond was third.
Division 3 saw Zahra Wells-Smith take the points for the win whilst Alex Arnold stole second and Gavin Urquhart was third.

Long course  saw Scott Johnson take podium position with Steve OÇonnor ánd Bradley Sawyers running in second and third respectively.
Scott Martin was in top form clocking the fastest time over this distance, finishing in 35.05 minutes whilst Elisha Bell was the quickest female in 42.07 minutes.
Division 2 saw Erich Moeller-Duhme claim victory with David Hughes second. Meanwhile Zac Havadjia continues to prove that a sprinter can run long distances with a third place.

Next weekend the 'Willandra Classic' will take place at our home course. All members are invited to join in the running fun at the beautiful Willandra Course, As local runners know the course winds itself up and down the trails below Browns mountain and shows just why this event is now coined ‘the XCC Challenge’!
For those of us who cant quite bring ourselves to the long distance challenge, not to worry, the event has a range of suitable options for participants of all ages and abilities, with a 2km or 4km Fun Run as an alternative to the champioship distances. The 2017 XCC Challenge incorporates the 2017 NSW Cross Country Championship as part of the event and all entry details can be found online at Athletics NSW. Online entries close Wednesday 14th June.

Club members are reminded that there will be a Cake Stall on the day and donations of cakes and slices will be much appreciated.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Willandra next Saturday with the first event kicking off at 11.20am.

 Timberhills for Round 9 3.6.17

Round 9 of the Nowra Athletics Cross Country Winter Competition was held on Saturday 3rd June at the beautiful Timberhills course.
In the 1km event it was Alisha Mustapic who blitzed the field to take first place. Micah Procter was second across the line followed by Saxon Egan.

In the 2km event Division 1 was taken out by Lila Pratt. Toby Dyball ran in second with the fastest time of 8.11 minutes and Anna Duncan was third. The fastest female was Darcy Arnold who placed 6th in 9.14 minutes.
Meanwhile Division 2 honours were taken out by Brodie Wilson with Ben Maher running in second and Riley Wells taking third place.

Wil Osgood was the winner of Division 1 in the 3kms event. Bethany Dobson clocked the fastest female time of 14.27 minutes to finish second and Ethan Havadjia ran strongly to finish third. Cam Musgrove was again the fastest across this distance in 11.05 minutes finishing 7th.
In Division 2 it was Ella Heald who took the points for the win. Adam Wells lined up for second and Harriet Urquhart took third place.

Medium course numbers were fairly low this week. Crissy Suffolk ran in first for the points and the fastest female time of 21.27 minutes. In second place was Jasper Arnold and third was Paul Duncan. Running the fastest time over this distance was Alec Dobson, crossing in 4th place in 19.11 minutes.
In Division 2 Andrew Munro was the winner with Dean Bryce second and Laura Prince third whilst Division 3 was taken out by Zahra Wells-Smith followed by Laura Burbage and Angela Urquhart.

There were plenty of runners keen to run two laps to complete long course. Leading the field home was Darcy Hopkins  followed closely by Scott Johnson and then Daniel Wells. In 11th place was Elisha Bell with the fastest female time of 42.53 minutes and in 12th place was Matt Lewis with the fastest overall time of 36.15 minutes. Division 2 was claimed by David Hughes with Sue Anfruns in second place and Erich Moeller-Duhme in third place.

Next weekend, the long weekend, Cross Country will be held at Longreach on Saturday 10th June.

The following week will see the very popular "Willandra Country Classic"  take place at Willandra on Saturday 17th June. This event has also been coined ‘the XCC Challenge’ because of the many hills. However if you’re not up for the long distance challenge, not to worry, as the event has a range of suitable options for participants of all ages and abilities, with distances starting from 2km.  
The 2017 XCC Challenge incorporates the 2017 NSW Cross Country Championship as part of the event and Nowra Athletics Club would love to see as many Nowra members running in the gold and black colours as possible. Donations of cakes and slices from members for the cake stall are also requested.
All details of the program are available on the NSW Athletics website.
The timetable of events:
11:20am U12 Female 2km
11:30am U12 Male 2km
11:40am U14 Female 3km
11:50pm U14 Male 3km
12:00pm U20, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+ Female 6km
12:20pm U18 Male 6km
12:40pm Combined ‘All Ages’ Fun Run 1km, 2km & 4km
1:00pm Open, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+ Female 10km
1:20pm Open, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+ Male 10km
2:00pm U16 Female 4km
2:10pm U16 Male 4km
2:20pm U18 Female 4km
2:30pm U20, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+ Male 8km

Round 8 at Longreach 27.5.17

Whilst many of the Nowra athletes were at Miranda on Saturday 27th May competing in the NSW Cross Country Relays other competitors still enjoyed the local competition at Longreach course for Round 8.

In the 1km course Emily McLaren was first across the line yet again with Micah Proctor second and Saxon Egan third.
In the 2km it was Thomas Duncan who won Division 1 with Toby Dyball second and Reilly Caswell third. Division 2 was won by Elizabeth Davis with Brodie Wilson running in second and Lucy Duncan took third.

The 3km saw very low numbers with Division 1 being claimed by William Dyball followed by Ethan Havadjia and Zac Peters. Division 2 was won by Isabel Cofield with Adam Wells taking second and Andrew Havadjia was third.

Medium Course Division 1 had just two competitors and it was Briony Munro who wrapped up the winning points in front of Jon Schol. Division 2 saw a few more athletes vying for points. Harry Davis was first across the line followed by Rod Rose and then Peter Heald. Meanwhile Division 3 was claimed by Zahra Wells-Smith with Donna Johnson second and Angela Urquhart third.

In the long course it was Steve O’Connor first home with Darrin Smith second and Elisha Bell third. Division 2 was won by Darren Morris whilst Rebecca Cooper ran in second and David Hughes took third place.

Next week’s running will be at Timberhills. We hope everyone will bring a plate to share and enjoy some afternoon team in the Winter sunshine after the running.

Miranda Relays 2017

The 27th NSW Cross Country Relay championships were conducted at the Miranda course for the 19th occasion on Saturday 27th May.
This year we were treated to glorious sunshine and very warm temperatures, an unusual occurrence for Miranda relays which are typically plagued by rain and mud.
Nowra entered 5 senior teams and 8 junior teams. It was encouraging to see a number of new runners in the black and gold running this year, with a few fresh recruits only just entering the world of running and cross country.
As usual the team spirit was high and there were lots of encouraging “Go Nowra” cheers on this spectator friendly course.

Our masters team of Crissy Suffolk, Angela Bond, Annie Schofield and Annette Sampson brought home the silver medal in the 45+ female 4 x 4km relay in a time of 1.16.48. Congratulations ladies!

In the Under 20’s division it was a combined effort from Jaylah Hancock-Cameron, Rumer Williams, Lily Boland and Asha Martin who claimed the bronze medal in the 4 x 3km event.

Our youngest runners all put in solid performances. The Under 12’s had the biggest representation from Nowra with two female teams competing. Ella Colusso, Darcy Arnold, Bethany Dobson and Olivia Greenhalgh ran in 8th from 13 teams. Meanwhile the team of Alisha Mustapic, Roxi Florance, Ruby Marshall and Kate Leung ran in 11th.

The Under 14’s had one male and one female team flying the colours for Nowra. Alec Dobson, Sam Maher, Jasper Arnold and Scott Delo all ran strongly to place 7th whilst Abbey Dunn, Poppy Tay, Rommey Hazell and Harriet Urquhart gave their very best to place 12th.

Alex O’Brien, Rhys Flood, Byron VanDyk and Ben Shephard ran consistently to place 5th in the Under 16 4 x 3km relay. Meanwhile the older boys of Cooper Thomson, Jesse Buckham, Kieran Harrison and Hugh Dobson ran strongly to finish 9th amongst a very tough field in the Under 18 event.

Troy Whittington ran a very fast first leg of the Under 20 4 x 3km relay clocking a time of 8.40minutes. Cam Musgrove ran second followed by young Max Buckham celebrating his 14th birthday and Zac Havadjia completed the final leg to finish in 9th place, again amongst a very competitive field of seasoned competition runners.

In the masters men’s groups we saw the three Scott’s (Scott Martin, Scott Johnson and Scott Dobson) join ranks with Perry Strand in the 35+ event to finish 7th.
The 45+ team was fielded by Peter Dooley, Peter Khourey, Ming Leung and Richard Bosdyk to place 9th whilst the 65+ team of Milton Cox, Eric Moeller-Duhme, Kevyn Davis and Eva Moeller-Duhme were unlucky not to medal, finishing 4th.
Last but certainly not least the combined team of young Erin Smart with Kim Dobson, Darlene Musgrove and Megan Fitt competed in the Opens event and despite being regularly passed by very young super fit athletes, were happy not to come last. They finished 19th from a field of 23.

Thank you to all who competed and cheered on the day. The running certainly puts everyone in good form for the State Cross Country Championships which will be held on Saturday 17th June at our home ground of Willandra.

Meanwhile next week’s cross country running will take place at Timberhills on June 3rd.

Willandra for Round 7 on 20.5.17

Round 7 of the Nowra Athletics Winter Cross Country Competition was held at Willandra on Saturday 20th May. The forecast rain didn't eventuate and the weather was both exceptionally warm and dry.
In the 1km there were 18 eager athletes but it was Emily McLaren who crossed the line first. Noah Dyball ran in second and Lacey Baker was third.  

In the 2km Division 1 was taken out by Levi Wallis from Go position. Toby Dyball was second with the fastest 2km time of 8.45 minutes and Cameron Harrison was third. Division 2 saw Ben Maher take the points for the win with Charlee Baldacchino running in second and Zoe Baker third.
There were also a number of visitors and athletes running the 2km in training for upcoming school regional cross country events.

In the 3km it was Sam Maher who took line honours in Division 1 with Matthew Higham taking second place. Cam Musgrove ran through from back marker to take third place in the fastest time of 11.24 minutes whilst Ella Dyball ran the fastest female time of 15.20 minutes.
Division 2 saw Wil Osgood run in first from a 2 minute handicap start with Adam Wells claiming second place and Lyn Baker running in third.

The medium course was won by Darcy Hopkins whilst Jasper Arnold took second place and Dennis Smart clocked the fastest time of 16.26 minutes, finishing in third place. Crissy Suffolk was the fastest female over 4kms finishing in 6th place from a 50 second handicap, clocking 17.58 minutes.
It was Angela Bond who took the top points in Division 2 followed closely by Tara Mustapic and Laura Prince. Division 3 saw one, two, three going to the girls with Lisa Carroll, Megan Fitt and Angela Urquhart taking out the top three positions.

Saturday saw the introduction of a 10km race so many of the long course competitors chose the 10km option over the normal 8km event, reducing the contenders in the 8km to just 8 athletes. Taking out the Division 1 8km was Kieren Harrison. Graham Anderson continued his great form from last week crossing in second place with the fastest time of 38.49 minutes and Michael Duncan crossed in third place. Annie Schofield was fourth with the fastest female time of 44.34 minutes.
Division 2 was won by Hannah Vaughan with Rebecca Cooper second and Zac Havadjia was third.
Facing up to the 10km distance were 17 keen (some may say crazy) challengers. Such was the enthusiasm and competitiveness that there were two winners. Crossing the finish line at the same time were Daniel Wells and Scott Johnson. Under the sealed handicap Daniel clocked 42.18 minutes and Scott 43.38 minutes but both scored themselves 50 points in the graded pointscore. Brad Sawyers ran in third in an adjusted time of 43.27 minutes.
Kevyn Davis clearly wasn't daunted by the extra 2 kilometres and finished first in Division 2 followed by Darren Morris and Ming Leung.

Next Saturday 27th May the State Cross Country Relays will be held at Miranda. Junior and senior teams have been organised. If you are not quite sure if you are in a team please contact Peter Dooley or Mel Mustapic to confirm. All program details regarding start times and event parking are on the Athletics NSW website. Please ensure you arrive 1 hour prior to your race start time so team entries can be submitted.
11:30am Fun Run (2km)
12:00pm U12, U14 Male and Female (4x 2km)
12:40pm U16, U18, U20 Male and Female (4x 3km)
1:35pm 55+, 65+, 75+ Male (4x 4km)
1:35pm Open, 35+, 45+, 55+, 65+, 75+ Female (4x 4km)
3:00pm Open, 35+, 45+ Male (4x 4km)
If you are not running relays round 8 of cross country will be held at Longreach.

Round 6 at Timberhills 13.5.17

Nowra Athletics conducted Round 6 of the Winter Cross Country competition on Saturday 13th May at the picturesque Timberhills course. The round also served as The Bill McKinnon Memorial Run. This year it was the 2km Division 1 that was decided as selected distance with Cameron Harrison taking out the win and therefore the honours of the memorial trophy.Congratulations Cameron. 
In the 1km race Emily McLaren took line honours with Ben Maher running in second and Harry Waterer coming third. Hot on Harry's heels was Elsie Procter followed closely also by Noah Dyball and William Anderson.
These young champions are the future runners for the Club and Will Anderson is definitely practicing for this, walking the 4km course with his mum and testing out those famous Timberhill hills after completing his 1km run!

In the 2km event Cameron Harrison was the winner of Division 1 with Roxi Florance placing second and Thomas Duncan was third. Running the fastest over 2kms was Hamish McLaren in 8.22 minutes in fifth place whilst Bethany Dobson was the fastest female in 8.57 minutes placing sixth.
In Division 2 Elizabeth Davis was the winner whilst Katie Martin was second and Macarthur Davis was third.

3km Division 1 was claimed by Kingsley Smith. Matthew Higham clocked the second fastest time over this distance in 12.04 minutes as he crossed accordingly in second place and Kieren Harrison was third. It was Cam Musgrove who recorded the fastest time overall with a run of 11.18 minutes whilst Poppy Tay ran the fastest female time in 13.32 minutes with a ninth placing.
In Division 2 it was Tennille Wallis who took home the points for the win with Alastair Urquhart second and Darlene Musgrove third.

Rhys Flood was the first across the line in Medium course, winning Division 1. Darcy Hopkins was second and Jai Holland ran in third. Byron VanDyk was the quickest in 19.00 minutes and training partner Rumer Williams was the fastest female in 21.02 minutes.
Lucas Johnson was the taker of Division 2 with Darren Morris second and Dean Bryce third. Division 3 was won by Alex Arnold with Megan Fitt in second place and Gavin Urquhart in third.

Graham Anderson must have responded to son Will's cheering, and stormed home to take the win in Long course Division 1. Peter Khourey ran in second  followed closely by Kim Dobson. Elisha Bell ran in ninth clocking the fastest female time of 43.36 minutes whilst Troy Whittington showed his very strong form to clock the fastest time of the day over long course with a time of 36.19 minutes. Division 2 was taken out by Ming Leung with seasoned runners Milton Cox and Rob Woods running in second and third respectively.

Next week cross country will run at Willandra on Saturday 20th May with the following week seeing teams travel to Miranda for the cross country relays. Final decisions will be made about teams early this week so if anyone wants to run at the State Relays they need to contact Mel Mustapic or Peter Dooley asap.

Round 5 at Longreach 6.5.17

Round 5 of Nowra Athletics cross country competition was held at Longreach on Saturday 6th May. It was another fine sunny afternoon, perfect for running.
First across the line in the 1km was Emily McLaren followed by Darcy Greenhalgh and Lacey Baker.
In the 2km Division 1 was taken out by Cameron Harrison. In second place was Tynan Caswell and in third place was Lila Pratt.
Meanwhile Division 2 was won by August Penny with Lexie Burinaga and Katie Martin second and third respectively.

In his season debut for cross country Cam Musgrove claimed line honours in the 3km Division 1 course. Joanne Flood was second and Jai Holland was third, clocking the fastest time over 3kms as he crossed the line in 11.06 minutes. Poppy Tay was the fastest female with 12.34 minutes as she crossed in 10th position.
In Division 2 Zarlie Dyball was the victor with Sharyn Bryce in second place and Darlene Musgrove was third.

Medium course Division 1 was claimed by Jesse Buckham whilst Daniel Wells was second with the fastest time of 21.08 minutes. In third place was Alex O’Brien.
Division 2 winner was Lucas Johnson with Darren Morris second and Dean Bryce third, although it’s not proven if Dean Bryce took any short cuts along the way!
Rae Thomson won Division 3 Medium course with Alex Arnold second and Geoff Crook, fresh from his recent holiday ran in third.
Rumer Williams ran the quickest time over the medium course, recording 23.14 minutes.

Over the long course it was Damian Smith who made it home first but it was Matt Lewis who clocked the fastest time in 33.34 minutes. Matt crossed the line in third place after Peter Khourey.
Once again the fastest female in long course was Elisha Bell who ran home in 40.42 minutes, finishing 8th.
Division 2 saw Ming Leung take the 50 points for the win, followed by Natasha Toms in second place and Rebecca Cooper in third.

Next Saturday’s run will be held at Timberhills for the Bill McKinnon Memorial Run.
As usual, first event kicks off at 2.30pm.
Don’t forget State Cross Country Relay Championships are coming up at Miranda on May 27th and teams need to be decided. If you are interested in running please see Mel Mustapic or Peter Dooley. There are a range of different team options on offer, with relay legs run over 2-4km suitable for all ages and abilities.

57th AGM & Presentation 6.5.17

The 57th Annual General Meeting of Nowra Athletics Club was held on Saturday 6th May at Illaroo Road Public School. Nominations for positions on the committee were accepted and the new committee was welcomed in with Scott Johnson remaining as President, Alison Havadjia Treasurer once again and Lisa Carroll accepting the position of Secretary. General committee members were also sworn in.

Trophies were awarded for first three placings in the previous Cross Country and Track and Field Season with a number of special awards also awarded.

This year’s High Achievement Award went to Jaylah Hancock-Cameron. At the 2017 NSW Junior & Youth Championships in February talented middle distance runner Jaylah earned herself two State gold medals. She came away with first place in the Women's U16 800 Metre with a time of 2:12.91 then the following day lined up for the Women's 1500 Metre and blitzed the field for a second time recording a win in the time of 4:44.25 minutes.
At the 2017 National Championships Jaylah scored herself two silver medals. Jaylah won her heat of the Under 16 800m, progressing to the final where she clocked 2.13.49 minutes for silver. In the 1500m Jaylah ran a PB of 4.31.97 minutes for her second silver medal. Then at the 2017 NSW Open Championships in late February Jaylah ran sixth in 2:10.01 in the women’s 800m running against such talent as Rio Olympian, Anneliese Rubie.
Jaylah consistently performs well in both track and cross-country events and is certainly proving to be a name to keep an eye on. Well done Jaylah on this well-deserved award.

Winning the Harry Scouller Junior Encouragement Award was young Jai Holland. Jai had a particularly successful meet at the 2017 NSW Country Championships in Dubbo in January. Jai scooped seven Gold medals from eight events! Jai won the Under 14 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m on the track as well as taking out the long jump and triple jump. Jai also placed 7th in discus. Jai then competed at the 2017 NSW Junior & Youth Championships and added another medal to his collection with a State silver in the U14 long jump. Jai also competed in the 400m finishing 7th and placed 5th in the triple jump.
Jai is another well deserving recipient of this junior encouragement award.

Taking out the Frank McCaffrey Top Performance Award was Jye Edwards. Jye continues to excel in both track and cross country running. In the Sydney Invitational on Saturday 4th February Jye competed in the men’s 1500m event. In this race records were smashed, personal bests were shattered and all-time lists were re-written. Jordan Gusman stormed home winning the race but in second was Jye in a stunning 3:41.69 – the seventh fastest in Australian history. In one week, Jye took six seconds from his PB taking his place in history along with Ryan Gregson on the Australian U20 1500m All Time list.
In the 2017 National Championships in March once again Jye proved his outstanding talent by taking out the Under 20 1500m in a blistering time of 3.50.02 minutes. Despite a strong field Jye was able to hold on to take out the win in his first track national title, and one very well deserved after consistently performing across the season.

Other special award winners included:
John Morris Junior Encouragement Award for cross country running - Ella Dyball
Ian Henry Nowra Toyota Senior Award for cross country running - Angela Bond
Valuable Volunteer - Alex Arnold
Neville Markham Distance Award - Perry Strand.

Congratulations to all these athletes who continue to perform well and represent the Club with pride.

The committee would like to congratulate everyone for their pesonal achievements and successes over the last year and thank all who continue to participate with Nowra Athletics Club as a member, a parent, and/or a volunteer.

McCaffrey Challenge Match 29.4.17

Saturday 29th April was the first of two cross country matches against Kembla Joggers for the 6th annual McCaffrey Challenge. The Challenge is named in honour of Frank McCaffrey who was instrumental in founding the Nowra club in 1960.
The match was a golden opportunity to test runners abilities on not only one of the best known and most popular cross-country venues in the country but on Nowra’s home turf, Willandra. It was run under fine Autumn weather conditions and there were 305 competitors all up, an increase of 50 from last year.

In the shortest distance the youngest runners pushed hard. Kembla Joggers runner Bailey Mitchell took line honours with Nowra’s Emily McLaren running in second whilst third was Kembla’s Hana Barnes. The next Nowra runner home was Amba Florance in 7th place whilst Noah Dyball was the first male Nowra runner home in 15th place.
The two kilometre race showcased the fine form of Matthew Higham for Nowra who crossed in 8.12 minutes for first place. Kembla Joggers took the next three places with Nowra’s Reilly Caswell in 5th place. Toby Dyball and Hamish McLaren finished in the top ten, taking 8th and 9th place respectively.
The three kilometres saw 59 competitors take the field with Kembla Joggers featuring strongly. Kembla took out the first six places with Nowra’s Olivia Greenhalgh finishing 7th. Next best for Nowra was Abbey Dunn in 10th place and Sam Maher in 13th.
The 4 kilometre race was again won by Kembla Joggers with Dylan Holland taking the win. Byron VanDyk was first home for Nowra in 7th place followed by Nowra athletes Alec Dobson, Jaylah Hancock-Cameron, and Daniel Wells to round out the top ten. Not far behind, Asha Martin was 13th and Jesse Buckham 15th.
The eight kilometre race saw some real contest between the two clubs. There were 70 competitors but it was the consistent Harry McGill who staked his claim on this race. Harry finished in 27.16 minutes ahead of Kembla’s James Seal who ran in second in 28.11 minutes. Next was Martin Cooper and Matt Lewis for Nowra. Hugh Dobson showed reliable pace to finish in 7th place and Damian Smith showed he is back to form again after some absence from Club cross country with a top ten finish in 9th place. Perry Strand and Bradley Sawyers tussled it out for 15th and 16th place with Perry coming in just in front of Brad whilst Nowra’s Club President Scott Johnson ran in 18th.

For anyone interested in statistics:
In the 1km there were 18 Nowra competitors from a total field of 37
In the 2km there were 36 Nowra competitors from a total field of 63
In the 3km there were 32 Nowra competitors from a total field of 59
In the 4km there were 47 Nowra competitors from a total field of 73
In the 8km there were 30 Nowra competitors from a total field of 70

The Club would like to thank everyone for their participation. The return match against Kembla Joggers will be held at Dapto on June 24th.
Meanwhile next Saturday’s round 5 of competition will be held at Longreach. This will be followed by the AGM and Presentation Night at 6.30pm at Illaroo Road Public School. Everyone from Cross Country, Track and Field and Summer Road Running is invited to attend to celebrate the achievements of all athletes over the past season. Please bring a plate for supper.

Looking further forward the NSW Cross Country Relay Championships are coming up on May 27th. This is a truly unique event that should be on everyone’s fun run calendar! There are a range of different team options on offer, and each runner covers distances between 2-4km! The event is held over the undulating hills at Miranda park in the heartland of the shire and is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Members need to be registered with Athletics NSW (or other state member association or Little Athletics NSW ) for the current season and wear their club uniform with their bibs worn front and back for the duration of the event. If you want to run in these relays you need to contact Mel Mustapic or Peter Dooley as soon as possible so teams can be organised.

Timberhills Round 3 22.4.17

Saturday cross country was run in beautiful autumn weather at the very picturesque but challenging Timberhills course. Numbers were down to only 118 runners despite the ideal weather conditions but this certainly didn't dampen the spirits of those in attendance.
There were 17 eager participants in the 1km event with Emily McLaren taking first place in 4.56 minutes. Lacey Baker was a very close second in 4.58 minutes and Amba Florance was third in 5.02 minutes.
in the 2km event it was Lila Pratt who crossed the line first in Division 1. Lila was followed by Anna Duncan in second place and Alisha Mustapic in third place. Ella Colusso was the fastest over 2km in a very speedy 8.32 minutes whilst Cameron Harrison was the quickest male over this distance crossing in 5th place in 10.02 minutes.
Division 2 was won by Lucy Duncan with Brodie Wilson second and Lexie Burinaga third.
In the 3km it was Baylee Holland who claimed line honours. Matthew Higham was second, and ran the fastest time on the day in 12.28 minutes and Bridgette Fairs was third. Olivia Greenhalgh crossed in 6th place with the fastest female time of 13.15 minutes.
Division 2 of the 3km was won by Caitlin Fairs whilst Rommey Hazell was second and Zac Peters was third.
Alec Dobson was certainly on fire in the medium course winning the race in the fastest time of 19.35 minutes. Peter Dooley was second in 21.10 minutes and Cooper Thomson was third in 22.26 minutes. However it was Jaylah Hancock-Cameron who once again broke the medium course record for the Timberhills course in 20.58 minutes, breaking Crissy Suffolk's record set in 2014 by 4 seconds. Congratulations Jaylah.
The Division 2 event was won by Chelsea Pascoe with Paul Duncan second and Jade Mustapic third. Division 3 was claimed by Gavin Dyball and Megan Fitt was second and Geoff Crook was third.
In the long course Elisha Bell  won division1 and was only 30 seconds off breaking the record set at Timberhills by Tarni Cunningham in 2013. Elisha clocked 44.34 minutes whilst Bill Stahhlut was hot on her heels, crossing in 44.37 minutes. Richard Bosdyk was third and Scott Martin recorded the fastest time of 37.45 minutes, crossing in fourth place.
Division 2 of long course was won by Darrin Smith with Ming Leung in second and Milton Cox in third.
Next week cross country returns to Willandra on Saturday 29th April. This is the first round of the McCaffrey Challenge Match with Kembla Joggers so runners are encouraged to wear the club uniform. The more members that run the better chance we have of winning the Challenge match! In addition members are asked to please bring a plate for afternoon tea to be shared after the events.
A reminder too that the AGM and Presentation Night is coming up on Saturday May 6th at 6.30pm at Illaroo Road Public School. Everyone from Cross Country, Track and Field and Summer Road Running is invited to attend and asked to please bring a plate for supper.

Easter Saturday XC

Easter Saturday was not just for eating chocolate and hot cross buns! There was also cross country to be run!
Round 2 of the Winter Cross Country Pointscore was held at Willandra Saturday afternoon. There were many visitors to the area who took advantage of the beautiful weather and came to run too!
In the 1km race visiting runner Jundamurra Smith was the first across the line followed by Darcy Greenhalgh with local runners Noah Dyball third and Will Anderson fourth.
In the 2km division 1 winner was William Polinelli from the ACT. Ella Colusso was the fastest female over 2kms finishing second in 9.31 minutes and Darcy Arnold was third.
In Division 2 Lexie Burinaga was first with Charlie Braddick second and Katie Martin third.

The 3km event was won by Max Dobson from Sutherland with Duncan Loane from UTS Norths second whilst Abbey Dunn was third.
Division 2 saw Tracey Vaughan claim victory with Zac Peters in second place and Andrew Havadjia in third.
Division 1 of the 4km was won by Rhys Flood with the fastest time of 15.51 minutes. Bradley Sawyers was next across the line followed by Peter Dooley. Crossing in forth place was Jaylah Hancock-Cameron who set a new female record with a time of 15.52 minutes. Jaylah was followed by training mate Rumer Williams in 16.15 minutes.
Division 2 was won by Lucas Johnson with Phillip Duncan second and Peter Heald third. Meanwhile Division 3 was taken out by Rosemary Morgan. Megan Fitt claimed second place and Alex Arnold took third place.

In the 8km event it was visiting runner Matt Johnsen who took line honours with local teenager Jesse Buckham second and Bill Broughton third. Crossing fourth was Elisha Bell as the first and fastest female in a time of 38 minutes. Matt Lewis crossed in 6th place with the fastest male time of 29.34 minutes.
Finally Division 2 was won by Natasha Toms with pal Sky Martin close on her heels and Eric Moeller-Duhme was third.

We hope everyone enjoyed a safe and happy Easter and look forward to seeing runners back again on 22nd April for Round 3 at Timberhills.

 XC Round 1 Winter 2017

Round 1 of the Nowra Athletics Winter Cross Country season kicked off last Saturday 8th April. The event was held at the picturesque Willandra course with plenty of sunshine and enthusiasm.
In the 1 km event there were 22 competitors but it was Lacey Barker who was first across the line. Will Maher was second and very close on his heels was Zoe Baker in third place.
In the 2km Division 1 event Matthew Higham was first followed by Reilly Caswell and then Toby Dyball.
Meanwhile Division 2 was taken out by Lily Sproule with Riley Wells second and Amba Florance third.

The 3 km Division 1 was run and won by Sam Maher whilst Olivia Greenhalgh placed second and William Dyball was third. It was a triumphant David Holland who claimed victory in Division 2 with Lyn Baker second and Lila Pratt third.
It was Daniel Wells who was the fastest in the 4 km event finishing in 15.49 minutes. Alex O’Brien ran in second in 16.07 minutes and Rumer Williams finished third in 16.29 minutes.
In Division 2 of the 4km event Paul Duncan was the winner with Baylee Holland second and Charlie Rudd third whilst Division 3 was won by Geoff Crook with Gavin Dyball second and Rae Thomson third.

Finally in the gruelling 8km there were just 12 takers in Division 1. Scott Martin was first across the finish line in 31.58 minutes with Matt Lewis in second place and Perry Strand third. In Division 2 long-time member and consistent runner Milton Cox was the victor with David Hughes second whilst Zac Havadjia made an expected return to the 8km distance this week to claim third place.

Round 2 of the Winter point score will be held on Easter Saturday 15th April at Willandra. Come running – a great eggscuse to eat more Easter eggs!

Australian Athletic Championships 2017

There was much excitement – and rain - during the recent Australian Athletic Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre. The 2017 National Championships were held from 26.3.17 to 2.4.17 with a strong representation from Nowra Athletics Club within the NSW team.
Once again Jye Edwards proved his outstanding talent by taking out the Under 20 1500m in a blistering time of 3.50.02 minutes. NSW Athletics reported that since Jye’s recent PB moved him to number seven in 1500m in Australian junior history he was the favourite for the under-20 title. Jye opted to lead most of the race. He said “I didn’t want to leave it to a lap or two to go,” and despite a strong field was able to hold on to take out the win. This was Jye’s first track national title, and one very well deserved after consistently performing across the season.
Jye also competed in the Opens 1500m event later in the competition, placing 4th in his heat and qualifying for the Opens final but unfortunately injury forced him to withdraw from the final.
Jaylah Hancock-Cameron is certainly another athlete to watch out for and one that is perhaps on the pathway to being a future Commonwealth Games competitor. Jaylah came away from the National Championships with two silver medals. Jaylah won her heat of the Under 16 800m, progressing to the final where she clocked 2.13.49 minutes for silver. In the 1500m Jaylah ran a PB of 4.31.97 minutes for her second silver medal.
Fellow training partner Rhys Flood also stood on the podium after claiming a bronze medal in the Under 15 2000m steeplechase event. Rhys clocked a massive 19 second personal best of 6.53.85 minutes to take the bronze.
Both Jaylah and Rhys train with Anda’e Kalemusic in the “Limitless Track Team” in Bateman’s Bay. There were five athletes from this one team competing at the Championships which is an impressive feat.
Rumer Williams was one of these athletes and she recorded a 9 second PB in the Under 20 3000m steeplechase to place 5th whilst Asha Martin placed 12th in the Under 18 3000m and 9th in the 1500m. The final athlete from the talented Bateman’s Bay group was Byron VanDyk who qualified for the finals in both the Under 16 800m and 400m. Byron ran a PB in the 800m and finished 5th in the final in 2.01.43 minutes and placed 6th in the 400m final.
Cooper Thomson started his multi event journey 18 months ago under coach Mel Mustapic and has persevered through the many challenges an event such as the decathlon offers to become a national silver medallist. Cooper blitzed the running events placing 1st in the 100m, 400m and 1500m and improved on previous performances in the throwing events to be rewarded with overall second place in the Under 17 Decathlon. In addition Cooper placed 10th in the separate Under 17 pole vault clearing a height of 3.20m.
Alice Hamlen also pole vaulted, recording a PB of 2.40m to place 10th in the Under 15 event.
Hannah Stone competed in her first National multi event placing 11th in the Under 16 heptathlon whilst Harry McGill competed strongly in the Under 20 1500m finishing 17th in 4.05.40 minutes.
The steeple chase seems to be a popular event, particularly for those training with Team MNG (aka Mel And Glen Mustapic). Alex O’Brien placed 9th in the Under 15 2000m steeple in 7.13.59 minutes.
Jesse Buckham clocked an impressive 14 second PB to place 14th in the Under 17 2000m steeplechase whist Hugh Dobson recorded a massive 28 second PB finishing 6th in the Under 18 steeple event.
There were a number of hurdlers representing the Nowra Club at the Championships including Jenna Bentley who placed 4th in her heat of the Under 17 400m hurdles with a 2 second PB. Shenay Edwards also competed in the 400m hurdle event in the Under 18 group. Shenay finished 4th in her heat, qualifying for the final where she ran 66.09 seconds for 7th place.
Clark clearly favours the 400m hurdles too, competing in the Under 17 event. Alistair qualified for the final with a PB of 57.65 seconds and went on to finish 7th in the final. Meanwhile training buddy Zoe Chater hurdled in both the Under 16 200m hurdle event and the 90m hurdle event. Zoe easily won her heat of the 200m and went on to place 4th in the final. In the 90m she finished 4th in her heat, just missing out on qualifying for the final.
Troy Whittington ran well in the Under 20 5000m event, finishing 22nd in 16.37.08 minutes whilst sprinter Nic Woolley ran in the highly competitive Opens 400m placing 8th in his heat with a time of 50.67.
In the field Siwa Harvey-Aziz showed his strength with a 47.15 metre throw in the discus to place 5th in the Under 17 event. In the female event Annette Peace placed 12th with her throw of 34.77 metres whilst youngster Jai Holland leapt his way into 8th position in the Under 14 long jump with a jump of 4.55m.
Persistent rain throughout the entire competition certainly didn’t hamper spirits and it was phenomenal to see such a large representation of local athletes competing at this National level. The results from such a small Club as Nowra Athletics is so positive.
A huge congratulations to these athletes on their fantastic performances.

Cross Country 2017 Season Kicks Off

Nowra Athletics kicked off the 2017 cross country season with some fine running on Saturday 1st April!
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon at the picturesque Willandra course which held up well despite the recent heavy rains.
A few muddy patches certainly didn't slow down the front runners!
Harry McGill was in good form after his recent run at the Australian Athletic Championships.
Harry was first home in the 8km event in a time of 27.37 minutes. Next to finish was Hugh Dobson, who also competed at Nationals, in a time of 33.25 minutes. Third across the line was Scott Martin in 35.06 minutes with Club President Scott Johnson not far behind in 35.44 minutes.

In the 4km event it was Alec Dobson who crossed the line first in 16.28 minutes. Next fastest was Jai Holland in 17.23 minutes while Irwin Burbage crossed in 17.30 minutes.

The 3km was well supported with 35 competitors. Visiting runner Ollie Davidson took out the race in 13.23 minutes. Close on his heels was William Dyball in 13.28 minutes. Next home was William Pratt in 14.53 minutes followed by the first female runner; young Bethany Dobson in 15.36 minutes.

There were no handicap starts for the season opening run so it was a mad dash from the start line for pole position and the 2km event was a battle at the front between brothers! Jesse Buckham finished first in 7.53 minutes while younger brother Max crossed second in 8.02 minutes. Third place getter was Reilly Caswell in 8.55 minutes.

In the 1km race Amba Florance was the fastest runner on the day with a time of 5.30 minutes. Ben Maher was second in 5.55 minutes and third was Zoe Baker in 5.60 minutes.

Round 1 of the Winter pointscore will take place next Saturday 8th April at Willandra. Everyone is welcome; all ages and abilities! Come and enjoy running!
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Masters excel at Championships

There were medals all round for our Nowra athletes competing at the 2017 NSW Masters Championships on 4-5th March.
Taking home a gold medal was Deb Clark in the 50-54 years javelin. Deb started well with a throw of 21.27m to take an early lead. Her next four throws fell short of this mark but she maintained her position nevertheless with her nearest competitor sitting on 21.14 metres. However on her fifth throw Deb sealed the deal and the win by spearing 21.58m. Congratulations to Deb on her gold medal performance.

Lining up in the throwing arena time and time again was Kerrie Jones in the 60-64 years age group.
For her efforts Kerrie scored five medals!
Kerrie won bronze in the shot put with a throw of 6.89m. In discus she threw 15.81m for another bronze and then in hammer; another bronze for her throw of 20.60m.
Then it was time for a change of colour with silver in the javelin with a throw of 14.76m. Finally Kerrie claimed one more silver in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 8.84m.
Congratulations Kerrie – a medal in every event!

Representing Nowra in the men’s 55-59 years category was Bill Pomplun who had a three from three success rate with medals! Bill won a gold medal in the 5000m walk in a time of 40.15.62 minutes. Bill also won silver in the men’s 3000m steeplechase event in 18.50.73 minutes. In the Shot put he claimed another silver with his throw of 8.52m behind Robert Clarke of Cherrybrook who threw 9.33m and in front of Mick Daly from Illawarra Blue Stars who was third with 7.79m. Well done Bill!

 February Fun Week 3

Week 3 of the Nowra Athletics February Fun Point score competition was held last Wednesday night 22nd February with a number of fun track and field events.
In the junior 100m handicap races there were 15 junior competitors who lined up on a staggered handicap start line.
Division 1 Heat 1 was won by Jayla Bersdord with William Dyball second and Dylan Johnstone third. Heat 2 was won by Scott Delo in front of Toby Dyball and Laila Hartnett.
Meanwhile Division 2 saw Liam Johnstone cross the line first with Lexie Burinaga crossing second followed by Charlie Braddick.
Senior Division 1 heat 1 saw father and son pitted against each other with Paul Musgrove and Cam Musgrove contesting finish order. However it was Kyla Kennedy who took line honours with Paul Musgrove second and Gavin Dyball third. Cam ran through 4th thanks to the handicapped start.
Heat 2 was won by Jordan deVries in front of Taylor Moffat and Sarah de Vries.
Division 2 was claimed by Emily Burinaga with Ella Hartnett second and Byron Osgood third.
Following the heats the Seniors ran 100m finals. First up the Consolation Final was won by Emerson Brian with Paul Beresford second and CamMusgrove third. Tthe Senior 100m Final saw victory (and bragging rights) go to Jordan deVries just in front of sister Sarah deVvries whilst Taylor Moffatt was third. Congratulations to all competitors!
In the field, the bonus points for coming closest to the ‘mystery distance’ went to Toby Dyball in the discus with his throw of 14.40m and Noah Dyball with his throw of 6.50m.
In the javelin, Ethan Havadjia speared 17.60m for bonus points whilst Byron Osgood threw 10.64m for extra points in division 2.
Ethan Havadjia doubled his bonus points with another throw in shot put of 7.86m.
In the long jump, it was Lachlan Woods who earned bonus points with a jump of 3.22m, Allie Moffat with 1.90m and Jordan deVries with 4.61m.
The final events of the night were the very popular medley relays. In the senior’s race the first runner ran 200m, the second runner ran another 200m whilst the third runner ran 400m and the last runner covered 800m.
In the senior's race, there were 4 teams who ran off a handicapped start.
Despite the White team having a much delayed handicapped start the two-family combination of Alison Havadjia, Ethan Havadjia, Darlene Musgrove and Cam Musgrove ran in first, well in front of the rest of the field.
Calling the race, Peter Dooley particularly commended the speed of Lisa Carroll and Alison Havadjia in their 200m legs; both more accustomed to long distance running but showing great grit and determination as they ran to give their teams as much winning chance as possible.
In the juniors medley relay it was the Blue Team who snatched victory with the brother’s trio of Noah, Toby and William Dyball combined with Scott Delo and Lachlan Woods. They crossed just in front of the Pink team made up of Lexie and Emily Burinaga, Laila Hartnett, Jessie Moffat and Jayla Beresford.
There was no doubt the Relays were the most popular event of the night!
This Wednesday 1st March will be the final night of Track and Field competition for the season. Come along and farewell the season.

February Fun Week 2

Week 2 of the February Fun mini pointscore competition was held last Wednesday 15th February at Nowra Athletics Track & Field night.
After a week out due to rain, numbers were higher on Wednesday than expected and many more turned up than had indicated, making the task of the handicapper rather difficult.
Members are reminded that while the handicap events are fun they do involve hours and hours of preparation from the organisers. For this reason Jan Gibb needs to know the names of members who would like to be involved ahead of time in order to prepare handicap times and distances. Please phone Jan on 4446 0226 or Email: willandraemail@gmail.com
In the 400m handicap race there were an astonishing 12 participants; a large number for this often ‘unpopular’ event due to its high intensity of sprinting over that distance. Heat 1 of the Seniors division 2 was won by Alison Havadjia whilst Heat 2 was taken out by David Holland. Division 1 saw Baylee Holland cross the line first in Heat 1 and Blake Hartnett claimed victory in Heat 2.
In the 800m heat 1 was won by Club president Scott Johnson in 2.45.3 minutes just in front of Patrick Ozolins and third was teenager Baylee Holland. Heat 2 was won by Lizzy Stiles with Charlie Braddick running in second and Kevyn Davis crossing in third place.
In the sprints it was Dean Osgood who took out the 60m juniors race in division 2. Kobi Kennedy won Juniors division 1 heat 1 and Madison Carr won heat 2.
Seniors Division 2 saw David Holland feature in the winner’s circle again whilst Seniors Division 1 heat 1 was won by Sarah deVries. Emerson Brian made a return to track after a lengthy absence and beat team mate Zac Havadjia to the finish line in heat 2.
In the 100m handicap sprint once again we saw Dean Osgood cross first in juniors division 2 and Kobi Kennedy also backed up to win division 1.
Seniors Division 2 in the 100m was won by Emily Burinaga whilst division 1 featured Jordan deVries as the winner.
Out in the field bonus points were awarded for those throwing or jumping closest to the ‘mystery distance’.
Hannah Brian threw the shot 4.52m to win bonus points as did Sophie Braddick who threw 2.48m.
In the long jump pit Madison Carr scored bonus points with her jump of 3.25m and once again Sophie Braddick earned bonus points with her jump of 2.14m. In the seniors long jump it was Baylee Holland who chalked up the bonus points with her jump of 3.83m.
In the javelin Patrick Ozolins speared 32.50m for bonus points as well as Byron Osgood who threw 15.17m. Also adding bonus points to their tally were Emily Burinaga with a throw of 14.08m and Georgia Carr with her javelin throw of 11.09m.
Finally, in the discus it was the Havadjia family who cleaned up the bonus points with Alison Havadjia throwing 12.20m in division 2 and Zac Havadjia throwing 21.20m.
Congratulations to all the athletes competing and earning bonus points on Wednesday.
Don’t forget if you want to participate this Wednesday 22nd February please let Jan Gibb know.

2017 Nowra Show 1km Race

Unfortunately last Wednesday's track & field competition was cancelled due to rain however it was a different weather scenario that faced athletes on Saturday at Nowra Show.
Heatwave conditions prevailed throughout the day but despite the scorching heat the annual 1km handicap race went ahead.
Twelve athletes contested the race with the usual handicapping applied.
Lined up in starting order was Charlie Braddick, Kevyn Davis, Sue Anfruns, Rommey Hazell, Andrew Havadjia, Lucas Johnson, Perry Strand, Scott Martin, Liam Dooley, Ethan Havadjia, Zac Havadjia and Harry McGill.
Charlie Braddick was the youngest contender with Go marker position. Next off the start line and at the opposite end of the age scale, was Kevyn Davis as the oldest competitor, who started off 11 seconds.
The back marker position was filled by nineteen year old Harry McGill  with a 2 minute 11 handicap. Zac Havadjia was just in front of Harry on a 2 minute 3 second handicap and brother Ethan Havadjia was on a 1 minute 57 handicap.
The race was hard-fought by all with back marker Harry undoubtedly pushing the hardest as he made his way through the field, picking off competitors one by one.
The Havadjia clan fought their own battle for bragging rights to the finishing order whilst the quiet achievers Sue, Scott and Lucas plugged away in the middle of the field, unfazed by the heat or the crowd.
However it was Club stalwart Kevyn Davis who managed to grab the victory, stopping the clock at 4.37 minutes. Harry did well to finish second with a stop watch time of 4.48 minutes but his corrected time was a mere 2 minutes 37 which was a fine show of speed and athleticism.
Rommey Hazell took third place in 5.12 minutes off a 23 second handicap.
In fourth place was Lucas Johnson followed by Liam Dooley and Scott Martin. Perry Strand ran in 7th then youngster Charlie Braddick followed by Zac Havadjia who staked his claim on being the first Havadjia member home!
Sue Anfruns finished 10th then Andrew Havadjia with Ethan Havadjia rounding out the field.
Well done to all the competitors for battling the heat to run another successful Nowra Show handicap race and congratulations to our first three placegetters Kevyn, Harry and Rommey.

Juniors 2017

Nowra Athletics Club was represented by 25 junior athletes at the 2017 NSW Junior & Youth Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre from 3rd to 5th February. Athletes performed well over the three days of competition but particularly did well just to compete in the events on Sunday in extreme heat which was over 40 degrees.
For their efforts, Nowra came away with a swag of medals and many individual bests as well as personal satisfaction!
Talented middle distance runner Jaylah Hancock-Cameron earned herself two State gold medals for convincing wins in the U16 800m and 1500m. Jaylah consistently performs well in both track and cross country events and is certainly proving to be a name to keep an eye on. Well done Jaylah!
Rumer Williams bagged a gold medal in the U20 3000m steeplechase event as well as finishing 8th in the 800m.
Asha Martin claimed a silver medal in the U18 3000m steeplechase and a bronze medal in the 1500m.
Incidentally all three of these talented South Coast girls (along with several others who competed here) are coached by the capable and passionate coach Andae Kalemusic who was recently profiled on NSW Athletics. (Read about her coach profile at http://www.nswathletics.org.au/Coaching/Coach-Profiles )
Zoe Chater hurdled her way to a silver medal in the U16 200m hurdles in a time of 29.74 seconds. Also in the hurdles, Shenay Edwards won silver in the U18 400m hurdle event whilst Jenna Bentley placed 6th in the U17 400m hurdles.
Alice Hamblen sprinted in the U15 100m and placed 18th whilst Baylee Holland ran in both the U15 400m and 800m finishing 15th and 11th respectively.
Our only female representative in the field was Annette Peace who threw the discus into silver medal place with a throw of 36.45m.
In the male events Nowra had 16 athletes competing.
Byron VanDyk finished with a silver medal in the U16 800m and placed 4th in the 1500m.
Corey McConville proudly stood on the podium for his bronze medal win in the U16 3000m walk event in a time of 20.14.35 minutes.
In the Under 20’s Cam Musgrove finished 15th in the 400m; Harry McGill placed 6th in the 1500m and Troy Whittington finished 8th in the 1500m and 21st in the 800m.
There were a number of steeplechase enthusiasts with Hugh Dobson placing 6th overall in the U18 event and 4th in NSW (with two Tasmanian athletes competing). Rhys Flood claimed silver in the U15 steeple just in front of fellow Nowra athlete Alex O’Brien. Rhys also placed 4th in the 1500m. In addition Nowra had Jesse Buckham compete in the U17 steeple event, placing 7th.
Jai Holland returned to competition after his recent success at Dubbo Country Championships and added another medal to his collection with silver in the U14 long jump. Jai also competed in the 400m finishing 7th and placed 5th in the triple jump.
Lachlan Kaszonyi sprinted his way to 15th place in the U17 200m and in the hurdles Alistair Clark ran a Personal Best to win bronze in the U17 400m hurdles.
All-rounder Cooper Thomson placed 9th in U17 javelin, 18th in the 100m and 9th in the 110m hurdles.
In the field Lachlan Smith finished 5th in the U15 javelin and Siwa Harvey-Aziz claimed bronze in the U17 discus with a throw of 42.12m.
In addition to the NSW Juniors the Sydney Invitational was held on Saturday night and the men’s 1500m race in particular was a fantastic race. “Records were smashed, personal bests were shattered and all-time lists were re-written” [Athletics NSW]...
“Less than ten seconds covered the entire 1500m field as Jordan Gusman (ACT) stormed home winning by nearly two seconds in 3:39.85.
In second was Nowra’s Jye Edwards in a stunning 3:41.69 – the seventh fastest in Australian history. Jye reportedly said “It didn’t really feel that quick. After last week (3:45) I felt I had a little more in me.”
In one week, Jye has taken six seconds from his PB, 2.5 seconds last week and then 3.5 seconds at the Sydney Invitational. What an amazing achievement! Jye takes his place in history along with Ryan Gregson on the Australian U20 1500m All Time list.

February Fun

Nowra Athletics Track & Field Competition is now conducting a February Fun competition.
Weather permitting February Fun will cover four weeks of various handicapped sprints & middle distance events.
A mini point score will be held with points allocated in finish order.
Points will be allocated as follows: 1st is 6pts, 2nd is 5pts, 3rd is 4pts and 4th is 3pts with all other participants receiving 2pts.
Athletes will be divided into two Senior Groups (13yrs & over) & two Junior Groups (12yrs & under) with their age determined as at 31st December 2017.
Field events are a little too difficult to handicap, however for added interest some mystery distances will be on offer each week for bonus points for athletes closest to the distances in their group.
Last Wednesday was the first Round of our ‘February Fun’ competition.
Toby Dyball won Division 1 of the 100 metre sprint with William Dyball second and Dylan Johnstone third. In Division 2 Noah Dyball crossed first, followed by Dean Osgood, Katie Martin & Liam Johnstone.
In the senior race Jordan deVries just beat sister Sarah deVries to the finish line in heat 1 of Division 1. Scott Martin ran in third and Liam Dooley fourth. In heat 2 the winner was Baylee Holland with Rommey Hazell second and Jai Holland third.
Division 2 saw Andrew Havadjia take line honours with Ella Dyball second and David Holland third.
The handicap 200m was won by Wil Osgood in the juniors division 1 race followed by Toby Dyball then William Dyball. Division 2 was won by Noah Dyball with Dean Osgood in second place and Katie Martin in third.
The senior 200m Division 1 was claimed by Baylee Holland. Rommey Hazell crossed in second place and Scott Martin was third. Meanwhile Division 2 winner was Gavin Dyball with Andrew Havadjia second and Ella Dyball third.
The junior 600m handicap race was won by Noah Dyball with William Dyball second and Dylan Johnstone third. The Seniors race was claimed by barefoot runner Kevyn Davis. Ethan Gration ran in second and Andrew Havadjia crossed in third place.
In the 1500m handicap event Kevyn Davis claimed his second victory of the night whilst Lucas Johnson was second and William Dyball was third.
Out in the field Liam Johnstone received bonus points for getting closest to the ‘mystery distance’ with his throw of 10.23m in discus. In the sand pit Dean Osgood jumped 1.30m to receive bonus points. Jordan deVries also received bonus long jump points with his jump of 4.42m as did Lucas Johnson who jumped 3.43m. Triple jumper Ella Dyball jumped 6.60m for bonus points in her event.
In the throwing circle David Holland recorded 7.44m for bonus points in shot put as well as Rommey Hazell for her throw of 4.44m.
While the handicap events are fun they do involve hours and hours of preparation from the organisers. For this reason Jan Gibb needs to know the names of members would like to be involved to prepare handicap times & distances no later than Tuesday. Please phone or email Jan on 4446 0226 or Email: willandraemail@gmail.com

Country Championships 2017

Dubbo is well known for the Western Plains Zoo and Old Dubbo Gaol. Now Dubbo is also known for its great Athletic Track and great Country hospitality after hosting the 72nd edition of the NSW Country Championships.
This was the first time in history the Championships were held in Dubbo and it was just the third occasion in 71 years that they have been held outside of Sydney Metro, Central Coast, Newcastle or Wollongong.
Competitors ranged from the professionals such as current national 400m hurdles champion Leigh Bennett, to Country Championship social competitors; there simply for the fun of athletics and the athletic camaraderie.
Nowra initially had 35 athletes register for the competition but some various hiccups along the way, including injuries meant that only 28 athletes ended up competing.
Whilst it was a decidedly smaller Nowra team than previous years the usual support and encouragement for fellow team members remained strong and loud. There is nothing quite the same as running a race hearing your Nowra team mates yelling from the sidelines, cheering you on to the finish line!
For a small team Nowra certainly did themselves proud in the medal tally. The haul included 17 Gold, 23 Silver and 15 Bronze medals.
It was a particularly successful meet for young Jai Holland who scooped seven Gold medals from eight events! Jai won the Under 14 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m on the track as well as taking out the long jump and triple jump. Jai also placed 7th in discus. What an awesome effort Jai!
Sister Baylee competed well too in her first year in the Nowra colours. Baylee placed 4th in the U15 400m and 800m and 5th in her 200m heat. Baylee also placed 5th in triple jump and 8th in the 100m final.
Sarah deVries is a regular competitor on a Wednesday night for Track & Field and always makes the annual trek to Country Championships. This year her dedication and commitment paid off with wins in both the Opens 100m hurdles and triple jump. Sarah also placed second in long jump and third in the 400m. Sarah ran strongly in the 100m and 200m, making the finals in both events from a very strong field of women. Congratulations Sarah on a great Championships!
Lachlan Smith speared himself a gold medal in the U15 javelin with a throw of 33.00 metres. Lachlan also won a silver medal in the 200m hurdles and another in long jump. Younger brother Ryan secured himself two silvers; finishing second in the U13 1500m and javelin as well as taking Bronze in the shot put and finishing 4th in discus.
Distance runner Jesse Buckham claimed two gold’s with wins in the U17 800m and 1500m in addition to two silvers for the steeplechase and 3000m. Jesse fared much better than poor Max Buckham who suffered burns to the soles of his feet before the Championships started, leaving him resting in a wheelchair rather than competing. We wish Max a speedy recovery.
Another distance runner, Victoria Kennedy won two silvers for her second placing in the 1500m and 3000m whilst Alex O’Brien secured silver in the U14 1500m and 800m and a bronze in the steeplechase.
Veteran competitor Paul Musgrove jumped his way into silver medal place in both the long jump and high jump for the 40-49 years as well as finishing 4th in both the 100m and 200m.
Darlene Musgrove ran the 100m coming back after a series of injuries and placed 6th whilst Cam competed in the U20 400m, managing 4th after a big absence from competitive running.
Geoff Crook made his annual pilgrimage to Country Champs and took home two bronze medals for his efforts; finishing third in the 50-59 years javelin and 1500m.
Corey McConville continued with his typical big program at Country Championships and was rewarded with three Silver medals for the 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles and 1500m walk. Corey also took Bronze in the triple jump and finished 5th in javelin, and 6th in long jump, high jump and steeplechase.
Cooper Thomson had a busy program too competing in 9 individual events. Cooper won Gold in the U17 pole vault and 110m hurdles as well as silver in high jump and 400m; and bronze in 100m and javelin. Cooper also placed 4th in shot and 200m and 5th in discus.
Jenna Bentley won the U17 400m hurdles and placed 4th in the 400m sprint. She also made the finals in both the 100m and 200m, placing 7th in each event amongst a very competitive field.
Lachlan Kaszonyi took silver in the U17 long jump leaping 5.40m into the sand. Lachlan also sprinted into 4th place in the 100m and 5th in the 200m.
The Johnson family maintained their throwing prowess with a tidy haul of medals amongst them. Chris Johnson took Bronze in the hammer throw with a distance of 21.73m. Despite the medal it still wasn’t far enough to win ‘the family bet’ with Callum who threw 21.89m in the U16 group; also taking Bronze. Chris will have to sharpen his throwing skills next year in order to beat Callum!
Callum also competed in the javelin, placing 4th and finished 6th in shot and discus. Ben Johnson threw the discus 22.68m for a silver medal in the U14’s as well as placing 4th in the shot and javelin and 5th in the hammer. Meanwhile Ebony Johnson added two bronze medals to the family collection with third in the U18 javelin and discus in addition to a 4th in shot. Well done Johnson family!
Another athletic family getting involved in the Country competition was the Mustapic family. Glen commenced the Mustapic program with silver in the 40-49 years steeplechase. Tara Mustapic then won bronze in the U16 3000m and Alisha Mustapic, who was Nowra’s youngest competitor at Dubbo and who competed with great enthusiasm, finished 7th in the U12 discus and 800m and 9th in the 1500m. Coach Mel Mustapic, usually content on the sidelines, joined in the fun this year, competing in the discus and javelin. Mel came away with a bronze medal in javelin and finished 4th in the 40-49 years discus. We hope to see Mel competing more often now!
Country Championships wouldn’t be the same without the Havadjia family and this year they demonstrated their trademark humour both on and off the competition arena. Alison tackled the steeplechase and after a couple of trial and error laps worked out a technique for getting over the steeple jumps. Despite submerging herself up to her neck once in the water jump (to the great amusement of husband Andrew), Alison won the event and took home a gold medal. Later, in the 1500m Alison pulled up with a sore leg and unfortunately couldn’t finish, but she still had that gold medal! Zac took gold in the U20 800m and silver in the 400m as well as making the finals in both the 100m and 200m. Ethan extended himself this year with a demanding track program. He won silver in the U16 1500m, bronze in the 800m and placed 4th in steeplechase. Ethan also made the finals in both the 100m and 200m, which is a splendid effort and just reward for the marked improvement he has shown in sprinting over the last 12 months.
Andrew Havadjia sustained his friendly rivalry with team mate Chris Johnson in the throws this year. Andrew finished 7th in the 40-49 years javelin, one spot ahead of Chris. However Chris managed to throw further in the shot put where Andrew placed 8th and Chris was 4th. The discus was the third and last shared throwing event and was the ‘decider’ event for the friendly teammate competition. Andrew threw 18.59m to place 8th and Chris went on to throw 23.25m, placing 6th. 2017 throws goes to Chris! Andrew ‘twinkle toes’ also competed in the 100m, 200m and 800m.
Nowra Athletics Club would like to say congratulations to all the competing athletes and would like to say thank you for making the effort to travel to Dubbo for the event and for wearing the Nowra colours with pride!

Track & Feld Resumes 2017

Nowra Athletics resumed competition for 2017 last Wednesday 11th January.
It seems the school holidays and the light sprinkling of rain kept numbers to a bare minimum but those who did turn up demonstrated their trademark enthusiasm.
There was plenty of banter at the start line for the sprints. David Holland lined up against his children, Baylee and Jai in the 60m, and certainly gave them a run for their money!
Cam Musgrove made a return to Nowra Athletics since finishing his HSC and made it look easy as he sprinted away from his dad Paul in the 100m in addition to effortlessly winning the 600m.
Sarah de Vries ran well, getting in some last minute race practice before heading to Country Championships on January 20-22.
This year Country Championships will be held in Dubbo. The Club would like to wish all the Nowra athletes making the trek to Dubbo to compete the very best of luck.
Track & Field will take place again this Wednesday 18th January from 6pm at Shoalhaven High School. Come along and run off some mas cheer and get in a final tune up before Country.