Up to 3500 track and field athletes from all across Australia and the Oceania-Pacific region have descended on Sydney Olympic Park to compete in the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, which runs from 26 March to 2 April 2017. The inaugural event is the largest annual athletics event in Australia and will bring together participants of all ages (junior and open have been combined for the first time) in the pursuit of personal bests and national championship medals.
Representing Western Australia are several of our own UWA Athletics Club (UWAAC) athletes, who have travelled east to compete at the event. Coming out strong in the first few days of competition, UWAAC athletes have so far come away with several medals and records across the competition.
Our own Jackson Hamilton has taken out the Gold medal in the u16 para discus, with a national record-breaking throw of 42.48m, with fellow club member Thomas Throssell running an impressive 49.23 in the U17 boys 400m to take home a bronze.
The Parnov twins Alla and Natasha took out first and second place respectively in the U14 pole vault., with their older sister Liz, set to compete in the Open competition against fellow UWAAC member Nina Kennedy later this week. The event will be an IAAF qualifier for both Liz and Nina who will be looking for the National Title to secure their spot in the team.
Further, UWAACs Abby Dsylva and Emma Ferguson have finished in first place for the 1500m in their respective age groups in impressive performances, while Sophie White has taken out the meet record in the U17 100m hurdles. Claire Gibson has put in an outstanding effort to win silver in the U20 high jump, with Lauren Hydecooling securing the national title in both the U18 and U20 pole vault event.
Congratulations to all our athletes who have competed so far, and best of luck to the team over the next week!
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