Records Fall in Switzerland
It was a fabulous week of wheelchair racing in Switzerland! At the World Para-Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil over the 24th to 26th May 2019, Woden’s Eliza Ault-Connell broke her own Australian and Oceania T54 800m record with a time of 1:45.08. She also set a new Australian record in the T54 400m, crossing the line in 53.37. To top off the Nottwil meet, she won the T54 100m in a time of 16.99.
A few days later at the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial Meet in Arbon, Eliza lowered her Australian T54 400m record to 53.24 and then broke her national 100m record by clocking 16.21.
Rolling on to the 2019 Swiss Nationals on 1-2 June and Eliza did it again! This time it was her T54 800m record. She sliced over 2 seconds off her Australian and Oceania record from the previous weekend with 1:42.35. Manuela Schär from Switzerland won the event in a new world record time of 1:41.83. Tatyana McFadden from the USA was second in 1:42.09 setting a new American record, with Eliza in third place. Interestingly, both Tatyana and Eliza raced under the (old) world record for this event too.
Great performances by Eliza – CONGRATULATIONS!
Oceania Athletics Championships
Congratulations to Woden Thunder athletes Max Rosin, Jasper Sheehan and Duncan Miller who have all been selected to represent Australia in the 2019 Oceania Athletics Championships.
The Championships will be held in Townsville from the 25th to the 28th of June 2019.
Max will contest the U18 Men’s 800m, whilst Jasper will compete in the U20 Men’s 400m, and Duncan the U20 Men’s 1500m. All three athletes are coached by Des Proctor.
Good luck – we will be cheering you on in June!
Boston and London Marathons
Congratulations to Eliza Ault-Connell who crossed the line in fourth place in the Women’s Wheelchair category at the London Marathon on 28 April 2019 with a time of 1:50.02. Two weeks earlier at the Boston Marathon in the USA, Eliza also secured fourth in a time of 1:41.46.
The final result for both the London and Boston Marathons saw Manuela Schär (SUI) take first place, with Tatyana McFadden (USA) second, Madison de-Rozario (AUS) third and Eliza in fourth.
A great couple of weeks of marathon racing!
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
One hundred and twenty one women took to the tough course in Aarhus, Denmark at the end of March to contest the women’s open race for the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
Woden’s Leanne Pompeani ran the course in a time of 39.46 to cross the line in 45th place against a strong line-up of international talent. At only 22 years of age, it was a great effort from Leanne!
We look forward to seeing more of Leanne on the international stage in the future.
Oceania Melanesian Regional Championships
The Melanesian Regional Championships for 2018 were held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 9th to 11th May.
Over 100 Australian track and field athletes joined athletes from Nauru, Kiribati, Wallis & Futuna, Tuvalu, Tonga, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Fiji, Cook Islands and American Samoa for the three days of competition.
Congratulations to Woden’s Eloise Millington on her performance for the Australian U18 Team. Eloise competed in Triple Jump, winning silver with a jump of 12.16m.
Great effort Eloise!
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Eliza Ault Connell on her silver medal in the Women’s T54 Marathon at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Eliza clocked 1:44:13 to cross the line second to Madison de Rozario who ended up winning the marathon in a time of 1:44:00. This gave Australia a 1-2 podium finish!
A fabulous effort from Eliza!