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

SATIS Results

RESULTS from the SATIS meet are available on the Athletics Tasmania website. Congratulations to everyone who participated, especially to our awesome UTAS members who produced some stellar results to get their season underway.

Davina Cox – U14 -1st Shot Put *meet record

Erin Mullarvey – U14 – 2nd Shot Put, 4th Javelin

Nathaniel Sulzberger – U14 – 1st Long Jump, 1st Shot Put

Isaac Bonsey – U16 – 1st 1500m

Camden Clark – U16 – 3rd Shot Put

Henry Madsen – U16 – 1st 400m, 10th 100m

Lauren Shelton – U16 – 4th Javelin

Oliver Vince – U16 – 2nd Javelin

Amy Wiggins – U16 – 2nd 100m, 3rd 200m

Jackson Mellor – Open – 1st Shot Put

Ethan Stretton – Open – 2nd 1500m

http://liveresults.tasathletics.org.au/

VALE JOHN PEACOCK

The University of Tasmania Athletics Club is saddened by the passing of founding member John Peacock.

A teacher by trade, John taught at Elizabeth College where he introduced, and actively promoted the subject of Sport Science. John’s passion for athletic pursuits and encouraging an active, healthy, lifestyle saw him coach various sports throughout his time. Gymnastics, diving, squash and AFL all benefited at one stage or another from his guidance, however it is athletics where his legacy will most live on.

For more than a decade, John joined son Evan in developing athletes, particularly in the throwing disciplines. While Evan largely oversaw the technical side of the throws, John delivered his agility program to the squad, teaching athletes the benefits of flexibility, balance and control. Games were used to engage athletes, with the focus always on the fun side of sport, while assisting athletes in developing to be the best they could be. John focused on measuring athlete’s improvement in areas outside of the field of play, and the improved results always reflected improved results in competition. He was also a strong proponent of embracing the psychological side of sports performance; visualising the throw was always encouraged, ‘look at where you want it to land’ was often heard, as was ‘performance is 95% mental’.

John had a fondness for Shot Put and would generally oversee the training of this event for the squad. He put the Shot himself as a junior athlete and in recent years, taught many the explosive skills required to improve in the event. Rebecca Direen and Alice Cox benefited greatly from John’s dedication, both showing significant improvement under his tutelage, with Alice etching her name in the record books on more than one occasion.

While the many athletes John supported enjoyed success at State, National & International levels, including grandsons Hamish and Huw, and squad members Geoff Gibbons, Danni McConnell & Mikayla Genge, John was just as happy to help those who were starting out in the sport. Junior athletes, Emily Canham, James Gravina & Julia Direen all enjoyed the benefits brought about by his agility programs. Masters athlete Geoff Gibbons was an enthusiastic participant in the agility sessions, Geoff’s fondness for John and his guidance were evident to all – and the feeling was mutual, with John often expressing his immense respect for Geoff and his many achievements.

A keen gardener, John would regularly arrive at the track with bags of vegetables fresh from his garden to share with anyone who would enjoy them. Silver beet, zucchini’s & tomatoes among his harvest, some would make their way back to him after being converted to soups or frittata’s, though it was never expected. John also loved to exercise, it was a regular sight to see him walking through North Hobart, or up Cleary Gates to the track for training. Lifts were often offered, and mostly refused, until the darkness of Hobart’s Winter set in and he was quietly relieved for a lift home.

As an art enthusiast, John paid particular interest in the works of those studying the subject, always with kind words of support and encouragement. In fact, he showed an interest in all study undertaken by the squad, though long retired from teaching, his desire to see those around him improve themselves through education was evident.

While health troubles have kept him away from the track over the past 18 months, John did join us briefly in February to watch Hamish compete in an invitational Javelin event at the Domain. With his ‘Johnpa’ watching on, Hamish launched the spear beyond the 80m mark for the first time in two years. John’s pride was on display that day, as it always was when speaking of his family.

John’s positive impact on the sport will be felt for many years to come. Always the teacher, his training methods have formed part of the programs our next generation of coaches are implementing with their athletes today.

Our sincere condolences to the Peacock family.

“The Coach is first of all a Teacher” John Wooden