Athletics South Awards

The Athletics South Awards for the 2019-2020 Track & Field season were presented following the Come & Try Day on the 3rd October.

Nick Earl was awarded the Athletics South Medal for the best performance throughout the season. Nick was a regular at Interclub meets in his first season in the state, finishing the season with a set of State Championship medals from the 1500m, 5000m & 10000m events.

Liam Shelton was named the U20 Male Athlete of the Year, with Cathy McKeown winning her third Masters Award.

Indy Brideson was acknowledged for her contribution to the sport by being presented with the Doreen Frawley Award. In addition to her consistent results at Interclub, Indy regularly officiates events and has achieved her Level 1 Coaching accreditation.

Another National Record for Stewy

Stewart McSweyn claimed the Australian 1500m record at the Doha Diamond League meet 💎

The 1500m record caps off a brief but sensational campaign overseas for Stewart, where he has claimed his second Australian Record in less than 10 days in winning the Men’s 1500m in Doha. Stewart entered the event with the best seed time of 3:31.48 and enjoyed a sit behind the pacemaker until the bell when he took the lead and surged away from the field. Racing against the clock, Stewart put on a show of strength, speed and confidence to take out the event in 3:30.51.

The King of King Island is now arguably the King of Australian Distance Running.

14 August 5000m 13:13:22 Monaco
23 August 1500m 3:31.48 Sweden
29 August 5000m 13:09.83 Sweden
8 September 1500m 3:34.25 Czech Republic
14 September 1500m 3:32.17 Croatia
17 September 3000m 7:28.02 Italy (Australian Record)
25 September 1500m 3:30.51 Doha (Australian Record)

3000m Record for Stewy

Tasmania’s Stewart McSweyn has set a new AUSTRALIAN (& Oceania) 3000m record at the Rome Diamond League meet.

Stewart’s time of 7:28.02 was more than four seconds faster than the great Craig Mottram’s previous record of 7:32.19, set in Greece 14 years ago to the day (17 September 2006) and gives the 25yo Tasmanian his third National record after breaking the 10000m and 1500m(i) records in 2019.

The most impressive thing about Stewart’s time is that he recorded it less than 72 hours after winning the 1500m at the Hanzekovic Memorial in Croatia, where he recorded the fourth fastest time ever by an Australian of 3:32.17.

Stewart’s time over 3000m is the third fastest recorded by an athlete in 2020, adding to his impressive world rankings in the 1500m (5th 3:31.48) and 5000m (8th 13:09.83).

Congrats Stewy, we are so proud and happy for you! #beansingit

Tasmanian Athletics Historical Results

Athletics Tasmania have launched Tasmanian Athletics Historical Results, a comprehensive history of athletics in Tasmania.

Several of our club members feature prominently among the many lists of results & statistics available, none more so than Hamish Peacock. Hamish is top of the list for most championship wins in a single event, with 15 titles in the Open Javelin event. Michael Mullarvey’s long career is acknowledged in the longest career with medals list. Michael first found himself on the podium in the Open Javelin in the 1988-89 season, where he won a bronze behind Rod McCafferty and Combined Event champion Todd Apted. Fast forward some 31 years to the 2019-2020 season, and a Michael again collected the bronze in the Open Jav, this time behind good friends & club mates Hamish & Huw Peacock.

The lists on the website are comprehensive and a must read for all lovers of the sport. Many people contributed to the publication, led by principal researcher & athletics guru Brian Roe. While the lists are almost complete, there are some results missing, in particular from the 1990 – 2000’s. If you are able to fill the the blanks in any area, please contact Brian Roe with details at brian.roe@worldathletics.org

Damon Thomas elected AT Chair

UTAS Athletics Club would like to extend our congratulations to Damon Thomas on being elected as Chair of Athletics Tasmania for the 2020-2021 year.

Damon brings a vast amount of experience in governance to the role, which includes 11 years as an Alderman with the Hobart City Council, three of which as Lord Mayor. In addition to his work with the Hobart City Council, Damon’s resume boasts appointments including Tasmanian Crown Solicitor, CEO of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, State Ombudsman and Health Complaints Commissioner and Chairman of the Hobart City Council Finance Committee.

Damon is no stranger to athletics with his son Tristan representing Australia at the highest level. Tristan competed at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games where he won gold in the 400m & Medley Relay, before continuing his success as a senior athlete where he represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games (2006), World Cup (2006), World University Games (2009), IAAF World Championships (2009, 2011, 2013) and at the 2012 London Olympics.

Full details of the newly elected/appointed Athletics Tasmania Board can be found at https://www.tasathletics.org.au/about/board/ See Less