Tickets now available Brisbane Track Classic
Taking place at the Qld Sport and Athletics Centre, the Brisbane Track Classic will be held on April 9th from 2pm and will showcase the best athletes from Australia and around the Pacific. One week after the Australian Athletics Championships, there will be plenty of newly crowned Australian champions showcasing their talents for the crowd, as well as a raft of international stars.
Having her first home competition as a new resident of Brisbane, Kelsey-Lee Barber will line up in the women’s Javelin, an event in which she has dominated in recent years, owning the meet record with a throw of 64.57m. After taking home the 2019 World Athletics Championship title in Doha, Barber continued her work through 2020 and, after some clutch throws, took home the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Her 2021 year ended with a second-place finish at the World Athletics Diamond League Final in Zurich.
After disappointingly being left off the New Zealand Olympic team in 2021, Zoe Hobbs has had the perfect reply in 2022, breaking the NZ 100m record she held equally with Michelle Seymour in January, then lowering it further in Hastings with 11.15s, a performance that met the qualifying standard for both the World Athletics Championship in Oregon as well as the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade. At those Indoor championships, she finished a fantastic 11th, 0.02 from a finals berth. Zoe will line up in the 100m in Brisbane, an event she last contested in 2019 where she took the win.
Another who took out the Men’s 100 in 2019, is former Japanese record holder and first Japanese athlete to run under 10s, Yoshihide Kiryu. Pushed all the way to the line by a breakout performance from Rohan Browning, both athletes recorded a time of 10.08s, with Kiryu being given the win in a new meet record. Fast forward to 2021 and Browning goes one better, running 10.05s to qualify himself for Tokyo and have the meet record all to himself. Kiryu will be looking for vengeance in 2022 against a deep field of 100m sprinters from Australia and New Zealand.
A new face to our shores but an experienced campaigner, the Men’s Long Jump will feature a certified winner in Japan’s Yuki Hashioka. A four-time national champion, his international victories began in Finland where he was crowned the 2018 World U20 champion. The wins kept rolling in 2019, winning the Asian Games and the World University Games. He went on to finish eighth at the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships but his sixth-place finish at his home Olympics in Tokyo topped off a 2021 that included a personal best leap of 8.36m
Previously known as the QLD Track Classic, the name change comes about thanks to the announcement of Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympics. We hope to create a legacy for this competition that continues amazing track and field performances till 2032.
2021 Queensland All Schools Merit Team
After what was a fantastic set of competitions over the last weekends, we are proud to present the Queensland All Schools Merit Team for 2021.
In the absence of an Australian Schools Championships for 2021, we feel it vital to recognise the performances of those who competed at the QLD All Schools in what has been another tough year for our school athletes.
Athletes who have been named in the team below also receive an automatic qualifier to the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in the following age groups (2010 to 2003, those turning 12 to 19 in 2022)
|Girls Merit Team||Boys Merit Team|
|Under 20||Under 20|
|Under 18||Under 18|
|Under 16||Under 16|
|Under 14||Under 14|
|Under 12||Under 12|
|Para Athletes||Para Athletes|
Des Johnston awarded Athletics Australia Life Membership
At the 2021 Queensland Athletics annual general meeting, its long-standing president, Des Johnston announced he would be standing down from the role but to the relief of many, Des has remained on the board and continues to offer advice and assurance to his fellow board members. Des was first elected as a board member of QA in 2011 and soon after, in early 2012, after the tragic loss of his good friend and then president, Reg Brandis, was elected as the Association’s president.
At that time the membership of QA was around 4,800. Nine years on the number was almost 15,000 with the State now leading the national figures. There had been significant increases in participation in shield meets and championships and QA is in a sound financial position. The association is very active in the recreational running space with the innovative Qrun program. As president, Des led a Board that was focused on the best outcomes for athletes. Significantly, the once fractured relationship with Athletics North Queensland became a partnership based on trust and common goals for our sport.
Des led and worked with the Board to implement several successful projects. The first, and perhaps most critical, was to unite what had been at times a divided association, the relationships are not only vastly improved but arguably demonstrate the best practice example of how the diverse needs of regional and metropolitan athletics can work together for the greater good. The always approachable Des can be seen on the track officiating most weekends in the summer and at cross country during the winter. He received AQ Merit Award in 2014 and AA’s silver award for 20 years service as an official and administrator the following year. Des started his career in athletics whilst still a Queensland schoolteacher - a profession in which he proudly worked in from 1960 through until his retirement in 1997.
As a well-known schoolteacher in the Ipswich area, Des contributed to School Sport Queensland over a 30-year period. During that time Des was a coach and manager for Queensland Primary School teams traveling to Australian Championships from 1968 through to 1996. His commitment to school sport was legendary in his home State where he was the chair of Queensland Primary School Track and Field from 1992 until 1996. He also brought his considerable skill to assist in administration, ultimately to act as chair of Queensland Primary Track and Field Championships from 1990. With the Sydney Olympics on the horizon, the late 1990s also saw Des turn his attention and skills to officiating, ultimately achieving AA;s highest grading level as a track official. He was quickly recognized and was appointed as a technical official at the 2000 Games. Des has also played an ongoing and significant role at many national championships where he is highly regarded not only for his own skills but for his commitment to mentoring others and in particular guiding newcomers to the national scene.
In addition to being an umpire at the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics, his abilities continued to be recognised through appointments to the 2001 Goodwill Games (as assistant chief umpire) and 2004 Oceania Championships (assistant track referee). There were also key roles at the 2006 and 2018 editions of the Commonwealth Games as assistant chief umpire and assistant outside events referee. Twenty year later, Des continues significant contributions in officiating, turning out like clockwork at club and school meets. Often seen in the role of track referee, Des’ calm and friendly manner is particularly appreciated by athletes. At national level, Des has made substantial contributions both as an administrator and technical official. As Queensland president and delegate to AA, his quiet and patient approach has always been considered and valuable. Des Johnston has been a major contributor to all aspects of our sport from the grassroots to national and area level for over 50 years and has the absolute respect of his peers, making him an excellent candidate for consideration for life membership of Athletics Australia.
2021 1500m Classic Review
REPORT – 1500M CLASSIC
By Tom Brandt
The 17th running of the 1500m Classic took place at the UQ Sport Athletics Centre on the evening of October 20th. With the threat of possible lock down and a short window of time for entry into the event still 270 plus athletes submitted entries for the event across 20 races, indicating the popularity of the event in the distance running community. A portend of things to come was the result of the Under 12 Boys Race 1 where Alexander Wain of the Gold Coast Run Co training group broke Ben Ganko’s record dating back to 2013 of 4:29.22, when he ran 4:27.14 to win the event.
As the lightning was lighting up the sky, the Secondary Girls Race one and the Women’s Classic athletes lit up the track. In Secondary Girls Race 1 Georgie Gilroy of Athletics North Club broke away from the field on the last lap and showed a clean pair of heels to the other competitors to take out the event in 4:27.22 to break one of the oldest records - that of Jade Brandt at 4:32.57 set in 2007. Gabrielle Schmidt in second place running 4:32.21 also just snuck under the old record. Third place went to Ella Rodwell in 4:32.94, just a tick off the old record. A small field of only seven athletes faced the starter’s gun in the Women’s Classic race. The athletes ran in a tight knit pack for two laps following the pacemaker. When the pace-maker dropped out a pack of four broke away and really brought the crowd to their feet as they stormed to the finish line. In a pack of four. It required the eagle eye of the photofinish team to separate the runners with the win going to Isabella Harte of Athletics North in 4:23.63 with Cara Feain-Ryan of the UQ Club in second in 4:23.61 and Sayla Donnelly of the Gold Coast Running Co training group in third place in 4:23.74
What had started with so much promise with the early events came to a halt when the meet had to be temporarily abandoned as a storm raged around the Athletic Centre precinct. After a forty-five minute pause the meet reconvened but some of the sting had been taken out of the meet. The meet recommenced with the Schoolboys Race 1 and the athletes had a crack at the long-standing record of Jack Curran at 3:55.29 set in 2010, but Brock Waugh of the Gold Coast Run Co training group fell just short in winning in 3:57.60 from Flynn Pumpa of the UQ Club in 3:58.40 and Harvey Cramb of Border Striders in 3:58.9. The Open Men’s Classic followed and featured a changing of the guard with a number of young rising stars who had featured in recent school events. The favourite for the event was Callum Davies of the UQ Club, but the question was how fast he could go and whether he could nudge the record dating back to 2005 after a recent bout of illness. Callum followed the pacemaker through 800 metres and then broke away from the field and eased up to win in a classy time of 3:46.62 with his recent illness taking the sting out of his finish. But the win caps a very successful season for the rising star of Queensland Athletics. Second place went to Louis McAfee of the Gold Coast Running Co training group, and third place went to sixteen-year old Craig Peyton, an athlete to watch for the future in 3:47.28.
All in all it was a successful night of middle distance racing. The organisers of the event were impressed with the number of athletes who waited out the storm and were present for their races. The other feature of the night was the number of tight finishes in the races that the track officials weren’t able to separate and had to depend on photofinish to get the correct result. A feature of the meet is that races are seeded based on times and sometimes there is not much of a spread of seed times in a race.
The 2021 edition of the 1500m Classic is now done and dusted and the UQ Sport Athletic Centre and Queensland Athletics can now look forward to planning for an even better event in 2022.
Full results here
2021 QLD All Schools Championships
The 2021 Queensland All Schools Championships with feature two weekends of Track and Field action at QSAC, Brisbane on October 16-17 and October 30-31.
This year the event will be split by age groups, with the first weekend boys and girls 15yrs to 19yrs (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002) and the second weekend boys and girls 10yrs to 14yrs (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)
These events are open to everyone in the age groups listed above and there are no qualifying standards! Athletes may only compete in their age groups and will not be permitted to compete up an age.
This will be a direct qualifying event for the 2021 Australian All Schools Championships (u14 to u18) as well as the 2022 Australian Junior Athletics Championships (u14 to u20). If the Australian All Schools Championships does not go ahead, a merit team will be selected from the results. A selection policy outlining all of this will be available closer to the championships. A state Merit team will be announced for the primary school ages (10-12yrs)
Just as we did with the 2020 championships, all track events will be contested as timed finals based on seed times.
All hurdles and steeplechase events (regardless of age) will be completed on the first weekend, October 16-17. This will mean that any athletes wanting to do hurdles (13yrs and 14yrs) and Steeplechase (14yrs) will have their events held on the first weekend with the 15-19yrs athletes.
Again, just as we did with the 2020 championships, the Hammer Throw and Pole Vault championships will be contested during the Shield meet season. More information on this will be available in the next few weeks.
The 2021 Queensland All Schools Championships will be the first event for the 2021/2022 season and athletes will need to renew their membership to compete (if they haven’t already). Entry to these events and the new season membership will open October 4th.
The Road to 32 competitions are open to all School and Club based athletes. As a guide, if you have or were about to compete at School District level then these meets, along with the QLD Schools Championships, would be ideal for you.
If you are a School based athlete, you will need to join Queensland Athletics as a Base Member. This Membership will last until 1 October 2022.
If you are a current Member of Queensland Athletics, then you will already be eligible for all the Road to 32 competitions. However, you will need to renew your Membership for the 2021/2022 season to enter the QLD Schools Championships, as they are to be held after the season renewal date.
The Membership portal and event entry system will be available on the Queensland Athletics website by Wednesday, September 1st.
Queensland Cross Country team announcement
After a fantastic winter season here in Queensland, culminating in the QLD Cross Country championships at Toogoolawah, we are proud to present the QLD team selected for Australian Cross Country Championships for 2021.
From the Under 14s to the Opens, this is one of the largest teams selected by Queensland for a championship like this.
As it stands, the championship has currently been postponed and new dates are yet to be confirmed. Everyone who has been selected will have registration and uniform links emailed to them once details of the new championship dates have been made available.
Des Johnston steps down as QLD Athletics President
At the 2020 Queensland Athletics Annual General Meeting, long standing President, Des Johnston announced he would be standing down from the role immediately after the AGM, he will remain on the Board as a Director until the end of his current term in 2022.
Des started as President of Queensland Athletics in February 2012 and had presided over a very successful period for the organisation. In 2012 the membership of Queensland Athletics was at 4400, in 2020 the number is 14300. We have also seen significant increases in participation in Shield Meets and Championships. QA is in a sound finical position and leads the country in the Recreational Running space with the innovative Qrun program. Significantly, the once fractured relationship with Athletics North Queensland has now become a partnership based on trust and common goals for our sport. Always approachable Des could be seen on the track officiating most weekends in the summer and at Cross Country during the winter.
“It’s been a great honour to work with this Board to improve athletics in Queensland Des said, the Board have been very dedicated and a great support, I believe that QA is in many ways now the leading State body in Australia, after nearly 10 years it’s time to pass the baton on and spend a bit more time with my family.”
On behalf of the board and all the Members I thank Des for his sound leadership over the past nine and a half years.
The Board of Queensland Athletics announced Yvonne Papadimos as the new President starting on the 11 June 2021. Yvonne in one of the most respected athletics administrators in the country. Currently the Executive Director of Oceania Athletics, Yvonne was one of the founders of Athletics North Queensland and President of that organisation for 23 years. Her diverse roles give her extensive experience from the grass roots to the international level. Yvonne is a regular official and volunteer at events in both the south and north of Queensland.
On behalf of the Board and the Members, I welcome Yvonne to the position of President of Queensland Athletics.
Yvonne said “It's difficult to put into a few sentences the impact that Des Johnson has had on sport over the past 10 years. Des fell into the role of President of Queensland athletics, when our dear friend Reg Brandis passed away in early 2012. We went from being a state divided to an organisation that Finally sat together at the one table and, to be honest, it could’ve gone all wrong.”
“But with Des' leadership we were able to work together to ensure that we had a stable and strong association that put athletes front and centre. Des, on behalf of the board, the staff, the clubs and again most importantly the athletes here in Queensland, thank you for your service to our sport... you are gentlemen and a scholar, and we look forward to continuing to work with you as a member of the QA board through to your retirement in 2022.”
12 Queenslanders selected to the World u20 Australian team
Athletics Australia (AA) is pleased to announce a 49-strong team of junior athletes to represent Australia at the Oceania Athletics Invitational series on the Gold Coast next month.
Following the announcement that AA will not send a team to the World Athletics Under 20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya this August, athletes will instead travel to compete in the two-part competition series as they continue their development pathway towards the Olympic Games.
For some athletes selected, this will be their first taste of what it means to represent their nation at an international level, while all athletes will benefit from the team camp and competition experience from June 2 – 13.
Athletics Australia Chief Executive Officer Peter Bromley said despite the team not travelling overseas, the selection of an athlete to an Australian team holds much significance and should be recognised accordingly.
“The 49 athletes we have selected are some of the most impressive athletes from our next generation, and some of them will no doubt become household names in the years to come as we look ahead to Birmingham 2022, the World Championships next year and of course, Paris 2024,” Bromley said.
“Despite not sending a team overseas, we felt each of them deserved due recognition for their hard work and determination to excel in our sport, with each reaching international qualifying standards and winning coveted medals at our Australian Track and Field Championships last month.
“I’d like to congratulate each of them on their selection, and I look forward to seeing each athlete compete for their nation next month and experience the next step on their journey as they strive towards representing Australia at a senior level.”
Athletes will compete against the New Zealand Under 20 representative team, athletes from the Oceania region, as well as Australian athletes who will continue their quest towards Tokyo. The camp held around the two competitions is proudly supported by the City of Gold Coast.
2021 Australian Under 20 Athletics Team:
- Calab Law (Andrew Iselin) – 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay
- Taylah Cruttenden (Brayden Clarke) – 100m and 4 x 100m relay
- Torrie Lewis (Gerrard Keating) – 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay
- Caitlyn Ferrier (Marilyn Pearson) – 200m, 4 x 400m relay and mixed relay
- Reece Holder (Sharon Dale)– 400m, 4 x 400m relay and mixed relay
- Joshua Atkinson (Graham Garnett) – 400m, 800m, 4 x 400m relay and mixed relay
- Jasmin Guthrie (Angus McIntyre) – 400m, 4 x 400m relay and mixed relay
- Ellie Beer (Brett Robinson) – 400m, 4 x 400m relay and mixed relay
- Charlie Jefferson (Penny Gillies) – 800m, 4 x 400m relay
- Matilda Ryan (Penny Gillies) – 800m, 4 x 400m relay
- Claudia Hollingsworth (Craig Mottram) – 800m
- Jude Thomas (Peter Reeves) – 1500m, 3000m, 5000m
- Tom Palfrey (Lee Bobbin) – 1500m
- Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (Andae Kalemusic) – 1500m
- Nicola Hogg (Ben Liddy) – 1500m
- Adam Goddard (Adam Didyk) – 3000m
- Amy Bunnage (Tim O’Shaughnessy) – 3000m
- Imogen Stewart (Owen Stewart)– 3000m
- Ky Robinson (Ricardo Santos)– 5000m and 3000m Steeplechase
- Tayleb Willis (Peter Benifer) – 110m hurdles
- Colby Eddowes (Mike Barber) – 110m hurdles
- Erin Shaw (Jack McArdle) – high jump
- Rosie Tozer (Michael Hamlyn Harris) – high jump
- Elyssia Kenshole (Bill Georgantis) – pole vault
- Olivia Gross (Hamish Nelson) – pole vault
- Mietta Russell (Lloyd Knight) – long jump and 4 x 100m relay
- Tomysha Clark (Renee Clark) – long jump
- Aiden Hinson (Chloe Stevens) – triple jump
- Tiana Boras (Nick Hodgson) – triple jump
- Lyvante Su-emai (Junior Su’emai)– shot put and discus throw
- Marley Raikiwasa (Diane Ferguson) – discus throw
- Jett Carlin (Paul Carlin)– hammer throw
- Mackenzie Mielczarek (Steve Cain) – javelin throw
- Mia Gordon (Morgan Ward) – javelin throw
- Liam Gilbert (Brendan Peeters)– heptathlon / decathlon
- Will Thompson (Brent Vallance) – 10,000m race walk
- Corey Dickson (Donna Dickson) – 10,000m race walk
- Olivia Sandery (Bob Cruise)– 10,000m race walk
- Alana Peart (Wayne Peart) – 10,000m race walk
- Jai Gordon (Jackie Gallagher) – 4 x 100m relay
- Rashid Kabba (Dan Suchy) – 4 x 100m relay
- Ashley Wong (Travis Venema)– 4 x 100m relay
- Tyson Bonney (Mark Ladbrook)– 4 x 100m relay, 4 x 400m relay
- Aleksandra Stoilova (Daniel Suchy) – 4 x 100m relay
- Tierney Dunne (Rob Marks) – 4 x 100m relay
- Olivia Matzer (Brett Robinson) – 4 x 100m relay
- Jack Boulton (Jason Boulton) – 4 x 400m relay and mixed relay
- Alexander Creak (Liz Gray) – 4 x 400m relay
- Sidney Burrell (Graham Garnett)– 4 x 400m relay
By Sascha Ryner, Athletics Australia
Men's 100m Preview - Queensland Track Classic
Look, we get it. Canberra is fast and everything and people like going there and it’s a Mondo surface and blah blah blah, but if you look a little deeper, you’ll find a cosy little 48,000 seat stadium and its warm-up track on the southside of Brisbane might have something to say about that.
Home of the equal fastest 100m performances by Australians in Australia, QSAC stadium has a rich history of speed and this weekend should be no different.
You could throw it back to the dual performances from Paul Narracott in the early days of the stadium. In 1978, as a 19yr old, he stopped the clock at 10.0 and again in 1984 with a phenomenal 9.9. I understand hand timing is foreign concept these days, but back then it was everything and the officials on the clock were some of the sharpest minds in the sport.
Shooting forward into the future, and the 2007 Australian Athletics Championships, Joshua Ross rolled through the semi-finals in 10.10 and then backed it up with a 10.08 in the final. Making him the third fastest Australian of all-time.
Twelve years later at the 2019 QLD Track Classic, Rohan Browning went toe to toe with Yoshihide Kiryu as they both clocked 10.08, with the nod being given to the Japanese cult hero.
Now in 2021, with limited international presence, the Men’s 100 will still be a feature event of the QLD Track Classic, with our domestic stars building up to something special tomorrow night.
Leading the field again will be Rohan Browning who hasn’t been beaten since February in 2020 over the 100m. In January he became the second ever Australian to run sub 10s with a 9.96 at Kerryn McCann Athletics Centre (a new addition to the fastest track in Aus debate?) and has since moved his seasons best to 10.20 whilst winning the NSW Championships.
Browning has a history with running PBs in Queensland, having set his last two bests at this track and, funnily enough, in odd years. Late 2017 he sped to 10.19 and the aforementioned 2019 performance of 10.08.
Well, its 2021, Rohan is in QLD. I think the maths say we’re in store for something special.
This is not just the Browning show though, with an incredible line-up of stars in the blocks, with Browning longest serving track rival Jack Hale fired up for a win. Coming into the race with a season’s best of 10.21, Hale’s last trip to QLD came at the 2019 Track Classic where he set a then personal best of 10.19. He’s since then trimmed that down to 10.12s and sits as the sixth fastest Australian of all-time.
Making his way out of the New Zealand bubble and into Australia is Edward Osei-Nketia. The youngster who won the Australian 100m championships in 2019 has already run 10.28 in Hamilton in Feb and always steps up the meet the field thrown at him.
The depth doesn’t end there though, with consistent top 3 finisher and 10.35 man Jake Penny having a career year, Joshua Azzopardi having a brilliant transition into the senior ranks, Dhruv Rodrigues-Chico stepping out for his Track Classic debut (how has this taken so long?!), Zach Holdsworth, Jacob Despard, Jake Doran…it never ends.
Heat’s tomorrow night will give the athletes two bites of the cherry and the forecast for QSAC is high 20s and tailwinds. Can’t wait!
Full start lists, timetable and tickets can be found here
Women's 100m Hurdle preview - Queensland Track Classic
If you had to think of an event that is absolutely on fire right now, hopefully, you came to the same conclusion as us, the women’s 100m hurdles.
Spurred on by the exploits of the absolute legend that is Sally Pearson, 2021 has rearranged the women’s Australian all-time list like no other event.
This year we welcomed two more athletes to the sub-13 club, and we have a few more potential members knocking on the door. Leading the charge is Gold Coast based Liz Clay, who, on her season debut over the sticks, clocked a 12.84 and hit the Tokyo Olympic qualifier spot on. This wasn’t her first trip into 12s territory, as she dipped under the barrier for the first time back at the 2020 Melbourne Track Classic, winning the race in 12.94s. Clay has since gone on a tear, running four times in 2021 and winning all four race all under 13 seconds. In fact, Clay hasn’t lost a hurdles since the 23rd of March 2019 at that year’s edition of the Queensland Track Classic. A streak of 9 wins over the distance.
Could this Saturday be her 10th? She currently sits second all-time (12.72) now behind the aforementioned Pearson, but she’s not the only athlete sitting on the all-time list who’ll feature this weekend. A total of six of Australia’s top 10 female hurdlers will feature on the 27th of March.
New sub club member Celeste Mucci dipped under 13 at the ACT Championships, running 12.98, becoming just the fifth Australian to do so.
Next in line is Hannah Jones, who’s been peppering the 13s barrier with runs of 13.03 at the Canberra Summer Series and 13.01 at the Sydney Track Classic. Next off the line is Abbie Taddeo, who took a bunch of scalps on route to victory at the Canberra Track Classic and has run 13.05 and 13.06 this season. It’s only a matter of time before they’re let into the club. We’ve never had more than two Australian athletes go under 13s in the same race before, and we think is Saturday is the day.
The field just gets deeper and deeper, with Oceania Champion Brianna Beahan running her fastest flat 100s of her career and sits the highest on the world rankings out of the Australian’s not already qualified.
Michelle Jenneke has been slowly working her way back from injury, with only a handful of races under her belt since the 2019 Doha World Championships. This race is where she set her 12.82 personal best back in 2015 and she’ll be hoping some of that magic is still out there this weekend.
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Full field for the Women’s 100m hurdles this weekend