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


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

McSweyn Claims 5000m Crown

Stewart McSweyn claimed his second Australian title for the season, taking out the 5000m Championships and gaining his second auto nomination for the Tokyo Olympics.

With the pace slow early, Stewart broke away from the pack 7 laps out with Sam McEntee (WA) hot on his heels. Stewart finished in 13:38.77 after running the last 2000m in 5:03, with training buddy Matthew Ramsden (WA) outsprinting McEntee to steal second place. Having already produced an Olympic qualifying time in July last year, tonight’s win has given Stewart his second auto nomination for Tokyo, securing his first when winning the 10000m Championships in December. Nick Earl competed in the second of the Melbourne Track Classic 5000m events finishing in an impressive 14:27.35.

And for the trivia lovers – Sam McEntee raced in Hobart in the Briggs Athletics Classic 5000m in 2016, which was Stewart first run for our club. Sam took the chocolates that night in 13:42 with Stewart second in 13:45.

Tassie has a New National Champion

Congrats to James Hansen who finished =1st in the Australian Mile Championships at Bankstown last night. With a huge dive to the line, James drew with NSW’s Rory Hunter to finish in 4:14.60. The season ahead is looking pretty good for James, running a 10km personal best in the Burnie 10 (29:51) in October, before opening his track season by taking out the Victorian 5000m Championships in November with a new personal best of 13:58.85.

In Victoria the Steigen Spectacular was held, with Nick Earl showing some serious speed to snatch silver in a sprint finish in the 10000m event. Nick clocked 29:34.57, just outside of his personal best over the distance. As part of the program, there was a new teams concept introduced which allowed athletes to go into a draft to be selected for sponsored teams. The events were based on an elimination process which produced some great tactics from athletes and entertainment for spectators. Josh Harris & Jordan Tyler both went into the draft and competed in the 3000m for their respective teams.
The Steigen also offered a Men’s 200m which was taken out by Northern Suburbs athlete Jack Hale in a slick 21:07.

What an Incredible Weekend of Athletics!

The Tasmanian Marathon & Half Marathon Championships were held in conjunction with the Cadbury Marathon this morning PLUS the Tasmanian Combined Events Championships were held across the weekend at the Domain – and didn’t we see some super results!
Nick Earl and Milly Clark were the stars of the weekend, both athletes breaking course records to claim overall victory and the State titles in the Marathon & Half Marathon respectively. Nick lit up the marathon course from the get go, taking an early lead which left him with just Josh Harris who was riding the lead bike for company throughout the 42km event. Nick finished in an incredible 2:18.39, taking over 5 minutes off the previous record for the event.
In the Half Marathon, Milly Clark set out to claim the course record as part of her preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, finishing first in the Women’s event and an amazing 9th overall for the 21km course. Milly ran 1:13.01, reducing the previous record by over a minute and setting a new Tasmanian Open/Allcomers record in the process. Aaron Harvey impressed in the 10km event, finishing second overall, with Josh Harris stepping off the lead bike for the Marathon to finish third. Perhaps the most impressive result from the event was Milly Clark’s second run for the day, when she took out the 10km event AFTER her Half Marathon victory in a slick 34:01 – one of the best times ever recorded by a Tasmanian over the distance. Full member results below.

At the Domain, Tassie’s best Masters athlete Geoff Gibbons made a much welcomed return to the Combined Events, taking out the Men’s Open Decathlon while Andrew Bonsey was victorious in the M40 Decathlon. Day 1 of the Decathlon proved challenging for all with strong winds hindering performances. Day 2, the ‘decathletes’ day delivered better conditions, with both Geoff and Andrew finishing their 10 events with strong runs in the 1500m. Congratulations to everyone who competed across the weekend and thanks to all Officials & volunteers who assisted at both events.

Nick Earl – 1st overall/Tas Champion 2:18.39 (course record)
Annabel De Jong – 2nd Tas Champs 3:36.06
Half Marathon
Milly Clark – 1st overall/Tas Champion 1:13.01 (Tasmanian & course record)
Nathan McLaughlin – 10th overall 1:13.15
Karinna Fyfe – 2nd overall 1:16.58
Hayden Bishop – 23rd – 1:19.18
Orla Timmins – 2nd Tas Champs 1:23.07
Milly Clark – 1st Female 34:01
Aaron Harvey – 2nd 32:41
Josh Harris – 3rd 34:09
Isaac Bonsey – 6th 17:10
Ben Brockman – 13th 18:40
Tanya Bonsey – 29:49