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 Volume 2 Number 32            28 August 2006

  World Cup Team named

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         Queenslands Male High Jumpers

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                                  Official Publication of Queensland Athletics                             28 August 2006

               10 Queenslanders in World Cup Team
                                          courtesy of Athletics Australia
             At least ten Queenslanders were named this week in the Oceania Team to compete in the
            World Cup in Athens next month.
                 Australia will be represented by 35 athletes,             the European Cup (France and Russia for the men and
            including Commonwealth Games gold medallists                   Russia and Poland for women) joining host nation
            Bronwyn Thompson (long jump), Brooke Billet                    Greece in the nine team competition.
            (hammer), Kym Howe and Steve Hooker (pole vault),                 Athletes compete for points based on placings to
            Scott Martin (shot put and discus) and Stuart Rendell          determine the best teams in international athletics
            (hammer).                                                         To add further interest, athletes will compete for a
                  Relay gold medalists in the 4x400m from                  significant prize pool – with US$30,000 delivered to
            Melbourne - Rosemary Hayward, Caitlin Willis and               the winners of each individual event.
            Clinton Hill will also compete.                                  The 10th IAAF World Cup will be held in Athens,
              The team announced today by the Oceania Athletics
            Association still has a number of additions to be
            made, with the final spots in some individual events
            to be confirmed following competition in Europe over                I have been asked several times why we are
            the next 10 days.                                             including overseas athletics news in IQT&F rather
                The IAAF World Cup was last held in Madrid,               than just concentrating on local news.
            Spain in 2002, where Craig Mottram announced                       This is a fair enough question and hopefully my
            himself as a star with a runaway win in the 3000m in          response will provide an adequate answer.
            a new championship record.                                        Athletics in its various forms is a world wide sport
               Justin Anlezark finished 2nd in the shot put and           with millions of participants in over 210 countries.
            Jana Pittman 3rd in the 400m hurdles; both were                  If we were to just highlight local activities we would
            unavailable for selection for this year’s event.              be missing some of the great moments in our sport, as
               New Zealand’s Beatrice Faumuina won the discus,            well as missing out on vital information which in the
            however she was beaten by Australia’s rising star and         past has seemed to take an eternity to filter down to
            recent world junior champion Dani Samuels at the              grassroots athletics.
            Commonwealth Games denying the former world                        At the present time there are some outstanding
            champion the opportunity to defend her title.                 competitions taking place round the world, and
                Mottram is one of three Australian’s who have             particularly in Europe.
            recorded World Cup wins with Lyn Jacenko (long                   The World Juniors has just finished in China and on
            jump – 1977) and Joanna Stone (javelin – 1998),               its conclusion the IAAF held a two day meeting at
                                                                          which many major decisions were made about our
            along with Faumuina recording victories for Oceania           sport which I am sure are of interest to athletes,
            since the first edition in Dusseldorf, Germany in             officials and coaches.
            1977.                                                             While most of the above information can be found
                The Oceania Athletics Association represents 19           on the IAAF website I am including it in this and
            national federations in the region and co-ordinates the       following editions as a service to those of you who do
            IAAF Regional Development Centre, firstly in                  not have the time to spend on your computers surfing
            Adelaide and now in Brisbane and the High                     the web.
            Performance Training Centre in Auckland, New                     I believe it is important that as much information as
            Zealand, in developing athletics in the region.               possible about our sport be circularised to as wide an
                 The IAAF World Cup is the premier team’s                 audience as possible so that we can be kept abreast of
            competition in world athletics.                               the very latest news.
              The competition features straight finals in all events         I would also invite Clubs to avail themselves of the
            except the multi-events and walks, with athletes              opportunity of publicising their clubs activities in the
            representing continental teams from Asia, Africa,             Club News section of IQT&F.
            Americas (Canada, Central and South America and                     I would also welcome reports on competitions
            the Caribbean) Europe and Oceania.                            conducted by Clubs in Queensland - this is an ideal
              In addition, the USA and the top two teams from             vehicle to gain publicity.

            Cover Photos: Top/13 Years boys - Mens Open - David Strickland proudly shows off his silver medal won in the
            Teams section - All photos by Terese Daamen
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Greece, on the weekend of 16-17 September 2006.                    to dominate his age group, throwing 53.39m with the 6kg
IAAF World Cup - Oceania Team                                      implement.
Updated 29 August 2006                                               Stopel also took out the discus (48.18m with the 1.5kg disc)
Men: 100m, 200m, 400m (all to be confirmed), 800m Jason            and the shot (15.05m).
Stewart (NZL), 1500m Nick Willis (NZL), 3000m Craig                   In the women’s jumps, best effort on the day was from 15
Mottram (AUS), 5000m Adrian Blincoe (NZL), 110m Hurdles            year old Gold Coast Victory high jumper Kelsey Wakefield,
James Mortimer (NZL), 400m Hurdles Tristan Thomas (AUS),           whose 1.60m effort was only 6cm outside her best.
3000m Steeplechase Youcef Abdi (AUS), 100/200/4x100m                  Next weekend sees the beginning of Spring, and the first in
Squad Patrick Johnson (AUS), Daniel Batman (AUS), Ambrose
                                                                   the PB Series, which will be held on Saturday afternoon, 2
Ezenwa (AUS), Aaron Rouge Serret (AUS), 4x400m Squad
Clinton Hill (AUS), Daniel Batman (AUS), Sean Wroe (AUS),
Tristan Thomas (AUS), Dylan Grant (AUS) Shot Scott Martin               Looking back - with Geoff McKinnon
(AUS). Discus Scott Martin (AUS), Hammer Stuart Rendell
(AUS), Javelin Stuart Farquhar (NZL), High Jump Liam Zamel-
Paez (AUS), Pole Vault Steven Hooker (AUS), Long Jump                      Queensland's high leapers
Fabrice Lapierre (AUS), Triple Jump Alwyn Jones (AUS),                  There have been a number of times when Australians
Reserves Chris Gaviglio (AUS), Mowen Boino (PNG), Jordan           competing on the international stage have virtually stopped the
Vandermade (NZL)                                                   nation.
Women: 100m Sally McLellan (AUS), 200m Melanie                         Charles “Chilla” Porter the tall Queensland stringbean not
Kleeberg (AUS), 400m Rosemary Hayward (AUS), 800m                  long out of school at Churchie, was one of those.
Libby Allen (AUS), 1500m Sarah Jamieson (AUS), 3000m                  His greatest moment, and indeed one of the magic moments
Eloise Wellings (AUS), 5000m Kimberley Smith (NZL), 100m           of Queensland sport, was the night he took on the American
Hurdles Sally McLellan (AUS), 400m Hurdles Lauren Boden            Charles Dumas in a long tense battle for the gold medal at the
(AUS), 3000m Steeplechase Victoria Mitchell (AUS),                 Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956.
100m/200m/4x100m Squad Fiona Cullen (AUS), Melanie                    Australia came to a standstill, and thousands remained in the
Kleeberg (AUS), Preya Carey (AUS), Bronwyn Thompson                grandstand long after the scheduled finish to watch the battle of
(AUS), Sally McLellan (AUS), 4x400m Squad Rosemary                 these two giants as officials turned on the floodlights to focus
Hayward (AUS), Caitlin Willis (AUS), Rebecca Irwin (AUS),          on the two athletes as they climbed past the 2.00m mark.
Angeline Blackburn (AUS), Shot Valerie Vili (NZL), Discus            While 2.00m may not seem too high a height today it must be
Dani Samuels (AUS), Hammer Brooke Krueger-Billet (AUS),            remembered that the jumpers on that day did not have the
Javelin Kim Mickle (AUS), High Jump Angela McKee (NZL),            advantage of landing on a relatively safe foam landing mat - in
Pole Vault Kym Howe (AUS), Long Jump Bronwyn Thompson              those days it was either onto sand or wood shavings/sawdust.
(AUS), Triple Jump Linda Allen (AUS), Reserves Kylie                  Dumas was to win the enthralling battle but Porter's struggle
Wheeler (AUS), Ana Po’hila (TGA                                    remains a fond memory among many of those who sat by their
                                                                   radios to listen to the breathless call of the commentators as
 Bright and McLeod back on track                                   they tried to capture the atmosphere of the two lonely jumpers
                                                                   seemingly surrounded by a bevy of officials waiting for one or
                        by Peter Hannan
                                                                   the other to break.
Winter Series #9. Gold Coast. August 26: Nature turned on
                                                                      Porter emerged with a silver medal from these Olympics and
the warm weather for the final competition in the Winter Series
                                                                   indeed he is the only Queensland high jumper who has to date
on the Gold Coast.
                                                                   won a medal in major open international company.
    Clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid 20s made for          He was to later win a silver medal twice at successive
good conditions for the sprinters, throwers and jumpers, but a     Commonwealth Games in 1958 and 1962.
tad too warm for the middle distance athletes.                        His only other Olympic appearance was in Rome where he
  Winds were fickle throughout the day. Race 1 of the women’s      failed to qualify for the final with a best jump of 1.95m.
100m had a 0.2 m/sec head wind, while the next heat had a 3.2
                                                                       Porter was one good reason why the GPS track and field
m/sec tail wind.
                                                                   championships during the mid-1950s reached its zenith in
   In the women’s sprint races, the battles were basically waged
                                                                   public awarenesss to the point it was not unusual for crowds of
between team mates Gemma Bright and Natalie Wohlsen of
                                                                   20,000 to pack into the Gabba.
Pacific Club.
                                                                      Coached by Dr Cyril Wilkinson, and as a schoolboy he was
      Despite some close contests, Bright had the wood on
                                                                   one of the first in the world to reach the 6ft mark and the
Wohlsen over the three distances they contested – 60m, 100m
                                                                   crowds loved watching the youngster straddle the bar long
and 200m.
                                                                   before the Fosbury Flop became the preferred technique with
  Over the 400m distance, local girl Alex Ovett from St Hilda’s    high jumpers.
School (61.73) had exactly a three second winning margin over        He now lives in Perth where he served the Western Australian
Jaymee Simpson of Gold Coast Victory Club.                         Athletics Association for many years as its CEO.
    In Men’s events, the big news was the return of Courtney          Queensland went through a period in the early to mid 1980's
McLeod to the track.
                                                                   where it had a wealth of top male high jumpers with the two
    Little was seen of Courtney over the last season, but he has
                                                                   Johns (John Yaxley and John Atkinson) and Angus Waddell
obviously been putting in some good training throughout the
                                                                   leading the way.
winter, taking all three of the men’s short sprints (7.15, 11.05
                                                                     These three were the first to consistently jump over 2.10m and
and 22.37).
                                                                   they were followed closely by Mark Lane and Ian Rutledge
   Over one lap, Gold Coast’s Michael Rehardt showed that he
                                                                   who also achieved that mark or better.
is beginning to run into some sort of early-season form, with a         In the late 70's and early into the 80's it was coach Bill
comfortable-looking win in 48.63.                                  Hutchison who provided the motivation for the State's high
     Out on the field, Sharyn Angel produced a fine throw of       jumpers to excel and when he moved to Western Australia it
54.35m in the hammer, while youngster Matt Stopel continues        was thought that there would be a drop off in performances.
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     Fortunately, as always happens in these situations where
coahes retire or move away the breech was filled when Daryl
                                                                    The future - where are we going?
Cross moved to Queensland from Canberra as the men's State                               by Geoff McKinnon
Director of Coaching, and as a specialist high jumps coach he,        Australian track and field needs more contests that mean
along with Gary Bourne and John Lucas kept the flag flying.
                                                                   something because there is a perception in the athletic
   Bourne guided the youngster Angus Waddell into a position
                                                                   community that crowds turn up and the athletes turn out,
where he was selected in the Australian team for the 1982
                                                                   only in an Olympic year.
Commonwealth Games and finished 10th/2.10m and then
                                                                        And yet there is an underlying feeling within that same
finished third in the 1983 national championship.
                                                                   athletic community that if you give them something of quality,
     Unfortunately athletics became the loser when Waddell
                                                                   they will come.
switched to swimming and became a dual Australian
                                                                        It was disappointing to note that with the release of this
                                                                   year’s Queensland Athletics season program the highly
   In the meantime John Yaxley who had moved to Daryl Cross
                                                                   promising and well supported Brisbane Sprint Classic launched
for coaching, along with John Atkinson, was quietly
                                                                   last season for the first time has not been included this year.
intermingling his jumping with his medical studies and his big
                                                                        That event had everyone talking – athletes, officials and
day came when he achieved his personal best of 2.12m at a
local competition.
                                                                       It was indeed a classic occasion as athletes by the dozen or
      He was not to continue competing for long after this
                                                                   more achieved a bevy of records, and qualifying times for such
achievement, although he did try his hand at coaching for a
                                                                   events as the Commonwealth Games, and the World Junior
short period.
    On the other hand Atkinson went from strength to strength
                                                                      It was an afternoon of unprecedented individual performance
and in his best ever year he set a new Australian record of
                                                                   enhanced largely by the flint fast surface of the track at the
2.25m to win a major competition in Perth in 1984 and then at
                                                                   Queensland State Athletic Centre.
the nationals a few weeks later upped that record to 2.28m to
                                                                      The opportunity had been handed to authorities to take up a
claim the gold medal.
                                                                   cause to establish an annual meet to rival anything else in
  This height still stands as the best ever by a Queenslander.
                                                                   Australia, with the possible exception of Melbourne’s Zatopek
    He was subsequently selected to represent Australia at the
Olympic Games in Los Angeles where he cleared 2.21m but
                                                                       So why not a Brisbane Sprint Classic named in memory of
failed to make the final and the 1986 Commonwealth Games
                                                                   Australia’s only world 100m and 100 yard world record holder,
(9th/2.05m), as well as the 1985 World Cup in Canberra
                                                                   Hector Hogan.
                                                                     Brisbane of course was Hogan’s hometown.
    Unfortunately injuries were to have a serious effect on his
                                                                      And, after all, the Zatopek Classic has been around for many
career and he retired when only 24 years of age.
                                                                   years, and was named after a non-Australian who won medals
     Former St Peters student Ian Rutledge also came under
                                                                   for Czechoslovakia at the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956 –
Cross's wing and gave him his third National open high jump
                                                                   Hogan won his Olympic bronze at the same Games.
champion when he caused a boilover at the 1986 Nationals in
                                                                      In America they have the Prefontaine Meet at Eugene, while
Adelaide when he took the title with a best leap of 2.15m.
                                                                   Philadelphia has the Penn Relays, the latter attracting crowds of
   Unfortunately he too did not continue and retired at an early
                                                                   up to 45,000 on each day of its three day duration.
                                                                      There could be an argument that track and field simply does
    John Lucas also was having success as a high jump coach
                                                                   not have the drawing power of the millionaires who stride onto
with Mark Lane as his front runner in the male ranks.
                                                                   the tennis courts and golf courses around the world.
   Lane was another to jump in the heady (at that time) 2.10's-
                                                                      And there are those who would argue track and field will not
2.20's region, however he too did not stay the distance moved
                                                                   succeed with the Australian public unless it becomes fully
out to the sport to become a pilot.
                                                                   professional, sufficient to attract television coverage with a
    Following on from these outstanding high leapers came the
                                                                   smattering of millionaire stars.
likes of Joe Ellul and Clayton Pugh, both of whom reached
                                                                       Such is the history and tradition of the Olympic Games the
2.20m but again failed to stay the distance and were lost to the
                                                                   public recognises the Olympic Trials are the most important
                                                                   domestic event in this country, because they matter.
   Mark Sills was another to make a mark with a best clearance
                                                                       But when the Games are over, everybody asks: “Where did
of 2.14m but he too sent the way of his predecessors.
                                                                   the athletes go?”
    Queensland's first success in the high jump was recorded in
                                                                      Similarly Athletics Australia officials must wonder about the
1899 when an A. Jones managed second place with 1.70m.
                                                                   value of the World Junior Championships when it is noted there
   In 1906, Tim Frawley. a gifted alrounder, won the high jump
                                                                   is a high drop out rate by athletes selected in these teams, some
(1.69m) and then added the pole vault (1st), hurdles (2nd) and
                                                                   never competing again.
hammer (3rd)
                                                                       This is despite a remarkable resurgence of the sport in the
    Another talented alrounder during this era was a T. Maher
                                                                   schools which are becoming increasingly more professional in
who not only won the high jump (1.75m) but also collected
                                                                   the development of athletes, even if this tends to have more to
trophies for places in the pole vault, shot, 110yds hurdles and
                                                                   do with the image of the school.
440yds hurdles netween 1908 and 1910.
                                                                      If officials took time out to check the results from the recent
    Other Queenslanders to make their marks at the nationals
                                                                   World Junior Championships in Beijing they might be
were Jim Watson who won in 1932 after finishing third in the
                                                                   surprised to discover that the level of performances was equal
two previous years. Neville Gaven placed third in 1934.
                                                                   to if not better than a number of events at the Commonwealth
   Queensland's three current stars include Dan O'Connell who
was second in 2005, Kane Brigg who recently returned from
Beijing with the Australian World Junior Championship team,          Many of those athletes in Beijing are still attending school.
finished third behind O'Connell in 2005 and Liam Zamel-Paez           So why not bring on a Hec Hogan Sprint Classic and turn it
who this week was named in the Oceania team for Athens..           into a real contest for athletes all over Australia who will
                                                                   recognise the opportunity to participate in a prestigious meet
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designed to fill the gaps between the major international meets.          How do we introduce schools/ little A’s clubs to the club
  Apart from rare Test matches in Rugby Union and Rugby                system? ? define a clear pathway for athletes, less individual
League Brisbane really does not have a major sport classic that        emphasis (more team based philosophy).
is identified either nationally or internationally – it’s worth a         This is a small insight into the outcomes of the day and a
try.!                                                                  more detailed report will be sent to all clubs in the next few
Editors note: The points that Geoff makes are quite pertinent to       weeks.
the present situation and most people would agree.                          From here, Queensland Athletics and clubs must move
   It should be pointed out however that the dates circulated at       forward with these good ideas and work together to improve
the recent Clubs seminar in Brisbane were not the final dates          the structure of the sport.
for the season as there are already several changes brought              It was great to convene so many clubs, both metropolitan and
about by the unavailability of venues etc.                             regional, to not only discuss these issues and recognise that
   With regard to last years highly successful Brisbane Classic        most clubs face the same concerns and problems but also to
the good news is that it will be on again but not this year.           meet one another which will hopefully encourage collaboration
   It will be held in June/July next year with the intent of fitting   between clubs.
in to a new winter season leading up to the World Youth                   Queensland Athletics plans to host further club development
Championships and the World Championships.                             days towards the end of the year and after the 2006/ 07 season
                                                                       in April 2007 to keep the momentum going.
    The organisers are quite aware that most of the success of
the Classic was the fact that it provided a good lead in to the
Commonwealth Games (and was supported heavily by AA) and
                                                                                     Troop re-claims
they believe that it will achieve the same success leading in to                   cross country crown
the above major international meets.                                                   courtesy of Athletics Australia
    The intent is that it will become a fixture mid year to tie in   26 August:Dual Olympic marathon representative Lee Troop’s
with whichever major International event is being held in that       resurrection as one of Australia’s premier distance runners
year.                                                                continues, with the 33-year-old capturing the Telstra Australian
                                                                     cross country title in emphatic style in Hobart today.
        Queensland Athletics Club                                       Victorian Anna Thompson dominated the women’s race to
                 Development Day                                     win a record equalling third title.
                                                                        A “shocked” Troop reigned supreme over the 12km journey
                           By Alana Boyd                             at the Pontville Equestrian Centre, outside Hobart, defeating a
  With our club system slowly vanishing, Queensland Athletics talented tine-up to regain the crown he last held in 2000.
saw it time to hold a Club Development day to discus the future        With the lead changing hands on numerous occasions, it came
of our sport in terms of the club system.                            down to a battle between Troop and defending champion
    All south east Queensland clubs were called together on Martin Dent (ACT) on the fourth and final 3km lap.
August 19 for a discussion day last Saturday and it proved to be        Dent threw down the gauntlet at the bell to open a 20m gap,
a very good starting point.
                                                                     but Troop powered home on the final hill to take his first
  Over forty club members attended the day with twenty one of
                                                                     Australian cross country title in six years.
the thirty five clubs in the south east corner represented.
                                                                         Dent finished second with Queensland’s Michael Shelley
      It was fantastic to see such a wide range of club
                                                                     winning the bronze medal.
representatives including athletes, club committee members,
                                                                        “I’m a bit shocked; it’s been a long time between drinks in
club presidents and coaches.
                                                                     cross country,” an ebullient Troop said after the race.
   Sean Collins, a newly appointed QA board member and ex-              “After Martin got 20m clear of me, I thought I was running
athlete, facilitated the session in a way that allowed open for second, but I continued running to my strengths. I love cross
discussion as a collective group.                                    country and when it gets tough, I can always find something
     The aim of the day was to develop a better shared extra.”
understanding about the role that clubs play in the development         “I liked the course, the hills were challenging which worked
of the sport of athletics and identify defining characteristics of a to my benefit and the hay bails just knocked the rhythm out of
sustainable athletics club.
                                                                     people,” Troop said.
    The group discussions revealed six main points for further
                                                                       Troop missed the Commonwealth Games and last represented
                                                                     Australia internationally at the Athens Olympic Games where
• Membership – participation/ retention, athletics ‘product’         he finished 28th in the marathon.
• Clubs and schools - link                                                After a period in the wilderness due to injuries, Troop
• Competition – structures, staging calendar                         claimed the Telstra Australian marathon title on the Gold Coast
• Coaching (and officiating) – linking coaches to clubs, what in July
should a clubs role be?                                                “This year is about establishing myself domestically, before I
• Facilities/ venues                                                 become an international athlete again.
• Marketing/ promotion                                                  Until I dominate at home, I am not ready to take on the big
   Smaller groups, comprising members of different clubs, were boys overseas.”
formed to allow more in depth conversation on the above                 He will race regularly in Australia over the next five months
issues.                                                              before returning to the marathon in March or April next year.
   The issue that emerged as the chief concern for most clubs           Victorian Anna Thompson dominated the women’s race to
was the clubs and schools link.                                      capture her third title, beating home local hero and
  A few groups identified the following challenges ? solutions:      Commonwealth Games steeplechase bronze medallist Donna
Schools don’t need club athletics in an already buoyant school MacFarlane.
athletics system ? link club coaches to schools.                       Victorian Lisa-Jane Weightman finished third.
   There is a perception that senior athletics is only for the elite    Thompson is making bi-annual cross-country wins a habit,
? recognition for next tier achievement.                             after claiming the title in 2002 and 2004.
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  Knowing she had less speed than her biggest rival, Thompson       from Estonia only managed 6.17m to place 5th.
ensured the pace was on from the beginning to win by 20               Sally McLellan was victorious in the 100m hurdles in a solid
seconds over MacFarlane.                                            field, clocking 13.39 seconds in the wet not long after running
   “I had to go out hard to burn off Donna’s finishing speed,       11.62 seconds in the 100m to place 3rd.
then had to try and hold on at the end, an elated Thompson            Caitlin Willis placed 2nd in the 400m while Paul Burgess was
said.                                                               also equal 2nd in the pole vault and Nick Bromley placed 9th in
   ”There was great support out there today; it really lifted me,   the 800m A race.
especially on the last lap.
   I had a lot of confidence after winning the City-to-Surf two                             Reiti 2004
weeks ago and today’s crowd made nearly as much noise as on              Reiti 2006 is fast approaching. Sarah Jamieson will be
the streets of Sydney,“ Thompson said.                              running the 1500m and no doubt hoping to duck under 4
    Thompson’s win takes her national cross-country titles to       minutes becoming the first Aussie female ever to do so.
three – equalling the record held by dual Commonwealth                When I look at the word Reiti, I still cringe a little.
Games marathon gold medallist Kerryn McCann, Tasmanian                 As I was looking through the calendar of events for the 2006
Kylie Risk and NSW’s Beth Stanford who won three titles in          season I was glad there was no women’s long jump listed for
the 1970’s.                                                         Reiti.
     It has been a fruitful winter season for the 29-year-old,        Now, I wish there was.
winning the Victorian cross country title and the City to Surf in     So what’s so special about Reiti?
Sydney.                                                               Reiti is a town in the centre of Italy, about an hour and a half
    Her next challenge will be the World Mountain running           drive from Rome (or an hour if you’re in the car with a lead-
Trophy in Turkey next month followed by the IAAF World              footed Italian).
Road Championships in Hungary in October.                             Reiti hosts an IAAF Grand Prix Meet each year.
  Victoria took team honours in both open men’s and women’s            The track is fast and the weather is warm - usual ingredients
races.                                                              for successful performances.
   Victorian Chris Hamer won the under 20 men’s event with            Reiti 2004 was one week after the Athens Olympics - the date
world junior championship representative Lucy Starrat (NSW)         remains fresh in my mind - 5th September, 2004, it was a
winning the under 20 women’s race.                                  Sunday.
    Best Queensland results were Michael Shelley (third Open           After my fourth placing at the Olympics and my impressive
Men), Clare Geraghty (winning U23 Women) , Ashley Gilfillan         (even if I do say so myself) 6.96m, I was gearing up to the
(second National U20, winner U20 All Schools), Qld U20              IAAF World Athletics Final in Monaco.
Women Team (third), Qld U20 Men Team (second).                         The Olympics are quite draining on an athlete mentally and
Full results available from the Athletics Australia website at:     emotionally.                                            I was possibly even a little flat as a result on that fine, sunny
                                                                        Travel to the meet was a little inconvenient, waiting at the
                Bronwyn Abroad                                      airport for a few hours for other flights to arrive before the one
                                                                    and a half hour bus ride (at least it wasn’t a boat I guess).
                                                                       Then going through the process of picking up numbers and
                                                                    finding out which hotel I was booked into seemed to take
                                           This week Bronwyn        another hour.
                                      gives her slant on her            There really wasn’t much I was impressed with on the day
                                      most recent competition       before the meet.
                                      at Malmo, Sweden on 22          I didn’t really know anyone else at my meet hotel and I didn’t
                                      August       and      her     speak Italian so even finding out about meals was a challenge.
                                      recollections of her visit      On Sunday, I warmed up, not feeling as emotionally prepared
                                      to Rieti in 2004 which        for the meet compared with a week earlier (understandably).
                                      almost cost her career in       On the runway, I felt fast.
                                      long      jumping    (and       I popped a solid 6.88m on my second jump giving me a clear
                                      probably most       other     lead.
                                      activities)                      My fourth jump, again I had fabulous speed on the runway
                                                                    then stuck my foot out at the board rather than keeping it under
                                                                    my body (it’s often a compensatory strategy for not being able
                                                                    to control your speed, rather than keeping the last stride active,
                                                                    there’s a tendency to drop the hips on the second last stride and
  Malmo, the location of the MAI Galan meet, is a small city in     prop at the board).
Sweden with approximately 270 000 residents.                          This gave me ridiculous ups (height off the board).
  Six Aussies competed in MAI Galan on Tuesday 22nd                   It sounds good doesn’t it?
August.                                                                 The problem with getting height this way, apart from the
  Patrick Johnson claimed the 100m (10.34s) and 200m double         stress on your back, knee and ankle at take-off, is it creates
with a personal best of 20.35 seconds in the 200m which was         forward rotation that is virtually impossible to counteract.
held late in the program.                                               I remember thinking mid-air: “should I try and land which
  I managed to dominate the long jump in the wet conditions         will result in a face full of sand or should I just run-through?”
earlier in the night.                                                 Sounds like an easy decision - I took the run-through option.
  With the competition restricted to 4 jumps each, I managed           I land my left foot down, closely followed by my right foot
6.57m before fouling my final 2 jumps.                              which takes the full force of the jump.
  US champion Rose Richmond placed second with 6.39m and               The only problem was my hips were at 90 degrees, with my
after jumping 6.80m to win in Tallinn last week, Ksenia Balta       right leg perpendicular to the ground so my body was parallel
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to the ground. For those who know a little about physics: speed          I’m pretty certain it was the first time I’d smiled since I
+ height + rotation + 90 degree angle + ground reaction forces      landed that jump.
= huge moments!                                                        The doctor reviewed me and acknowledged there was some
    The impact caused my knee to hyperextend (bend back the         damage to my knee but I refused intervention.
wrong way) and I heard a distinctive pop.                              The hospital organised a pair of crutches and I went back to
    My hands went out to protect my face, though I did taste a      the hotel.
little sand.                                                          I hardly slept at all that night.
   I can remember making a repetitive “ow” noise.                       There was no cold left in the icepack and my knee was
      Surprisingly I heard my noise, thought I sounded silly,       starting to burn.
recalling some footage from the Olympic Games when a pole             I was so grateful when the morning came.
vaulter landed awkwardly and was screaming for at least a             The trip back to the airport, with speeds of up to 200km/hour,
minute and so I stopped ow-ing.                                     was only an hour and I was lucky enough to get 3 seats to
   I clutched at my knee which hurt while I was carried from the    myself on the plane back to London.
pit.                                                                  Fortunately my sisters were both living in London, so I had a
     I think my jump was recorded as a no-jump (not that it         chaffeur, a cook and most importantly some support.
would’ve been over 6 metres).                                          After three doctors’ appointments and an MRI, I was booked
    Being carted off on a stretcher, the crowd clapped my exit      for surgery.
from the track.                                                         I remember looking at the MRI before I went back to the
   As I was taken into the medical room, as a physiotherapist, I    doctor and seeing that my ACL was still intact. I was somewhat
was hypothesizing about my diagnosis and prognosis.                 relieved.
    Being optimistic, I was thinking maybe it’s only minor and          The MRI showed the postero-lateral part of my knee joint
I’ll just be out for a couple of months.                            capsule had been torn.
    Since it was a hyperextension injury, I feared my ACL may          On the Friday, just before theatre, I had a plain X-ray of my
have been involved and I was hoping, more than anything that I      knee which showed my fibula was fractured.
hadn’t ruptured it which would require a reconstruction.              The full extent of my injury wasn’t realised until surgery.
   The reason I didn’t want to have a reconstuction is because I        On the operating table, the doctor was able to hyperextend
knew it would take me 6 months before I would be able to run        my knee 25 degrees.
again.                                                                My cruciate ligaments were both damaged but not completely
     I didn’t like the idea of having part of my patella tendon     severed.
grafted, particularly since jumpers are often prone to patella        My biceps femoris tendon was completely ruptured.
tenonitis and a hamstring graft didn’t seem much better.                 My lateral collateral ligament was holding on by a few
   The doctor prodded and moved my knee to try and make his         threads, mostly likely saved by the avulsion (snapping off) of
diagnosis.                                                          the top of my fibula bone.
   He didn’t seem to have an answer - at least nothing that was       My lateral meniscus was sitting out of place too.
translated to English.                                                It took them 3 hours to piece my knee together again.
   It was in the medical room that I first shed some tears.            To prevent a blood clot following surgery, I had to inject a
   Not because of the pain, but because of the timing.              blood thinning agent, heparin, into the non-existent fat on my
   Realistically, it was much better timed than my knee injury in   stomach everyday for a month.
2003, a month out from the World Championships.                       I soon grew sick of looking at the bruises on my stomach and
   I was finally close to my personal best, set in 2002.            settled for the not so obvious, but rather awkward buttock
   The previous two years had been quite rocky for me.              region.
    A week after jumping 7 metres in Melbourne, I bruised my          Jason flew over as soon as he could to help look after me too.
heel in Perth.                                                      After spending 10 days in a back slab, I was cast in a full leg
        This contributed to my disappointing sixth at the           fibreglass cast.
Commonwealth Games but was not the only reason I failed to            The cast was great, my leg felt so supported and within a few
achieve my goal of winning Gold in Manchester.                      days, I was at the gym with Jason doing arm weights and single
   I felt like things were finally coming back together, my head    leg squats on my good leg.
was in the right place and I wanted to beat the Russians before        (Admittedly, I’d been doing some stability exercises prior to
the year ended.                                                     my operation then started modified chin-ups and dips on
   On the way to the ambulance, I managed to see the final long     architraves and bench tops within days of my operation.)
jump result.                                                          After 2 weeks in the cast and a few less comfortable days in a
    My second round jump had secured me the win - hardly a          brace, I finally flew home.
consolation.                                                           The doctor said I may never jump again and most likely if I
   I was taken in an ambulance to the local hospital.               do, it wouldn’t be to my previous standard.
    My first ride in an ambulance and I can tell you I felt every      It took me 13 months to do a full run-up jump and it was 18
single bump on that road.                                           months until I was back to my best again at the 2006
   Whilst waiting for a couple of hours in the small Emergency      Commonwealth Games.
Department, I filled in my time texting home (I’d already              The ACL reconstruction would’ve been the easier and faster
woken up Jason, my then fiance, now husband, to tell him of         option.
my incident).                                                           This was the start of my most challenging year which has
     I became quite impatient about the process and I had no        shaped me into the athlete I am today.
intention of receiving medical intervention in Italy.                  I look forward to the opportunity to compete in Reiti again
   I just wanted some crutches, some ice and a ride back to the     and overcome any associated anxieties.
hotel.                                                                Overcoming these challenges are the ingredients for success.
      Jason sent me a sensational text: “Just steal some old
codger’s walker and make a run for it.”
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       Win a VIP trip to the World                                      that the economical impact on Japan will be huge, with $ 251
                                                                        million expected in terms of income raised.”
             Athletics Final                                             The IAAF Council member also heard progress reports from
22 August - Monaco - The IAAF World Athletics Final is the              the organizing committees of the 2007 IAAF World
biggest global event in athletics this year alongside the IAAF          Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan and the 2008
World Cup and a couple of lucky people are going to be there            Olympic Games in Beijing.
as VIP guests, courtesy of the IAAF.                                        Following the impressive presentations, IAAF President
For the fourth year in succession, we are organizing a simple           Lamine Diack remarked: “I am fully confident in the
competition that is open, free of charge, to all visitors to the        organizational capacities of both these teams, and I am looking
IAAF web site.                                                          forward to seeing how our sport continues to develop in this
All that you have to do is to answer one simple question and if         Area.
your answer is correct you will go into the draw that will select         At these World Junior Championships, which were certainly
the winner of a great prize: an all-expenses-paid trip for two          the best ever in terms of event promotion and organization,
persons to the 4th IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart,                                                           with 17.
                                                                        China finished at the top of the medals table Peter Edwards Photo
Germany on 9-10 September 2006.                                           It is a great achievement and shows that this country has put
The prize includes economy class air travel from the winner’s           considerable resources behind developing athletes in recent
nearest international airport to Stuttgart, transport to the official   years.
IAAF hotel, with three nights accommodation in a twin room                 China has now emerged as a leading player, and has the
for the winner and their accompanying person, VIP seats at the          resources and ambition to sustain that position even after the
World Athletics Final, with access to the VIP hospitality at the        Olympics have ended in Beijing.”
stadium and an invitation to the Final Banquetof the World
Athletics Final with the athletes from the Final.                         World's Richest Mountain Race
Past winners have come from Jamaica, Germany and Brazil and                                    courtesy of the IAAF
they all had a wonderful time.                                          24 August: The organisers of the second edition of the Obudu
Seats are in great demand and the quiz could hardly be easier,          Ranch Mountain race in Cross River State, Nigeria to be held
so go to now              on Saturday 25 November 2006 have announced a significant
and stake your claim to this fabulous prize, or click on the            increase in this year's prize money.
banner on the home page of the IAAF web site                              The winners will receive US$ 50,000, runners up will receive or of the World Athletics Final site                US$ 20,000, then third US$ 9000, fourth US$ 8000, fifth US$                                                    7000, sixth US$ 6000, seventh US$ 5000 and eighth US$
                                                                        4000, and the women's race will have the same prize money as
            IAAF optimistic about                                       the men's race.
                                                                          The course is on a twisting tarmac road starting at an altitude
              Marketing Future                                          of 765m and climbing 790m to the Obudu ranch plateau at
                        courtesy of the IAAF                            altitude 1575m. The distance is 11km.
22 August: Beijing, China - The final session of the IAAF                 Last year's race was won by Australian Ben Du Bois in a time
Council Meeting in Beijing today focused on issues related to           of 48:44, and for the women, Anna Pichrtova (CZE) in a time
marketing and television, and the ongoing preparations for the          of 55:46.
two major competitions coming up in Asia - the 2007 IAAF                   Athletes entering from outside of Nigeria are being offered
World Championships in Osaka, and the 2008 Olympic Games                return transport to Obudu from Calabar and full board
in Beijing.                                                             accommodation by the organisers, and an official letter to aid
      IAAF President Lamine Diack, reminded his Council                 in visa applications.
colleagues that: “Thanks to a perceptive marketing policy since              Top invited international level athletes will receive, in
2001, the IAAF has already secured its long term goal of having         addition, all expenses to arrive in Calabar.
capital reserves sufficient to fund one year’s activities, and I            The event is an associate member of the World Mountain
believe that this is likely to increase to two years’ reserve by the    Running Association (WMRA) and has been promoted to be an
end of 2009.”                                                           IAAF permit race, and a comprehensive Anti-doping testing
    Diack emphasised that the main objective of the IAAF’s              programme will be carried out during the event.
marketing policy was to ensure the continued financial stability            The event web page is
of the IAAF, and to ensure the widest possible television               on which a race entry form can be found.
coverage of the sport worldwide.
   In partnership with Dentsu, the IAAF is continuing to exploit        Green track opens for business in
marketing and television possibilities, not only in established
areas like Europe but emerging markets for athletics in the                  Stuttgart – IAAF World
Middle East, Asia and the Americas, where athletics culture is
strong, but remains commercially underdeveloped.
                                                                                 Athletics Final
                                                                                              courtesy of the IAAF
     Diack also emphasised that very few international sports
                                                                        24 August: Stuttgart, Germnay - The green track of the Gottlieb
federations can count on guaranteed revenue from a Marketing
                                                                        Daimler Stadion of Stuttgart dressed with its newly laid white
                                                                        lane markings, sparkled and glittered in the sun.
     “I am delighted to hear in the report from the IAAF
                                                                           And the small delegation of officials, organisers, journalists
Marketing and Promotion Commission that the marketing                   and photographers watched the result of the resurfacing work
potential of the next edition of the IAAF World Championships           as it was unveiled to the world on Monday (21).
in Osaka are excellent as this confirms the fact that only the              The costs: 290,000 Euro for the redevelopment. It was a
Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup are bigger in terms of             special moment. Now the athletes have a new paradise on
global reach and impact.                                                which to compete.
  We expect to have more than 190 countries broadcasting from           Testing time for Blaschek
Osaka 2007, and the local organising committee has stressed
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    The track has been resurfaced with a five millimetre thick      - Decentralisation.
surface of green synthetic granulate.                               These suggestions will be studied during the next Competition
    In less than three weeks the big stars of the IAAF World        Commission Meeting on 10 November in Monaco.
Athletics Tour will meet in Stuttgart. Russia’s Yelena
Isinbayeva in the Pole Vault, 100m sprinter Asafa Powell from       Investigation on Age Manipulation is still on-going
Jamaica, the Swedish superstars Kajsa Bergqvist (high Jump)          Based on strong suspicion of age manipulation regarding
and Christian Olsson (Triple Jump), USA’s Jeremy Wariner in         KEN/BRN athletes who competed for Bahrain during the
the 400m, Javelin ace Andreas Thorkildsen from Norway,              World Youth Championships in Marrakech in 2005 (two of
Germany’s European silver medallists in the 100m Hurdles,           whom won gold medals) IAAF Council has been carrying out
Kirsten Bolm and in the Javelin, Steffi Nerius… are just a few      an investigation since August 2005.
of the names who will fight for the victory in the season’s            Since then, President Diack has paid a visit to the Bahrain
finale to the World Athletics Tour, which is a veritable “Mini-     Athletics Association and IAAF Legal Counsel Huw Roberts
World Championship”.                                                went to Kenya to gather information from the Department of
Nearly $3 million up for grabs                                      Civil Registration as well as the offices of Athletics Kenya in
  The winner of each of the disciplines gets $30,000, with prize    Nairobi.
money awards descending down to 8th place (9th to 12th places          The matter was also discussed during the President’s recent
in races over 1500m will also receive awards), with a total prize   meeting in Monaco (25 July 2006) with the Honourable Maina
purse of $2,976,500 up for grabs.                                   Kamanda, Kenyan Minister for Gender, Sports, Culture and
  “The spectators can watch the best athletes in every discipline   Social Services in the presence of Isaiah Kiplagat.
this season,” said Jörg Klopfer, the press chief.                      Unfortunately, despite all these efforts, the situation is still
   The stadium wrote big stories in athletics in the past via the   progressing slowly and only 1 birth certificate has been
1986 European Championships and the 1993 World                      obtained to date.
Championships.                                                          Nonetheless, disciplinary files have now been opened in
$100,000 World record bonus                                         accordance with IAAF Rules in the names of the following 3
   Asafa Powell could become the Superstar of the Stars in the      athletes: Dennis Kipkurui (Taher Tarak Mubaraq), John Yego
new Stadium.                                                        (Belal Mansour Ali) and Hosea Kosgei (Khamis Aadam).
  The Jamaican guy has equalled the World record in the 100m
twice times this year following on from his original clocking of    Fukuoka 2006
9.77 on 14 June 2005.                                                  Kenyan athlete Longosiwa Thomas Pkemei’s age has been
  In Gateshead (11 June 2006) and in Zürich (18 August 2006)        falsified at the 34th IAAF World Cross Country
he ran 9.77 - and he is still in a very good shape.                 Championships (2 April), where he competed with a registered
   If he breaks that mark in Stuttgart he would earn an extra       date of birth of 14 January 1982 in the Junior Men’s Race
$100,000.                                                           (instead of 1988).
   In fact, every athlete who surpasses a World record in the         The athlete has been jailed by the Kenyan authorities.
World Athletics Final will be awarded this money.                        The matter is being investigated by the IAAF and his
  So it is an extra motivation to come to Stuttgart.                performance (13th, 24:25) will be annulled.
   A second possible World record could come in the women’s             Since the athlete placed 5th, and was “non-scoring” this
Pole Vault. Isinbayeva is ready.                                    annulment will not affect the first place ranking of the Kenyan
  Last year she jumped 5.01m to win the World Championship          team.
in Helsinki and it would be a nice conclusion of her one-day
meeting season, if she could surpass that mark at the World         USATF proposes new notification procedure
Athletics Final.                                                      The IAAF learned of the positive test result of 100m co-world
  The city of Stuttgart is ready to welcome world class athletes    record holder Justin Gatlin on 29 July from a press statement
from all over the World and with 30,000 spectator tickets           by the athlete’s management, even though USA Track and
already sold the atmosphere should be just the motivation for       Field had been aware of the result on 14 June.
good marks.                                                           Following a letter on this subject from the IAAF, USATF has
                                                                    agreed to take immediate steps to remedy any deficiencies in
                      IAAF News                                     procedures regarding the notification of positive test results.
                     courtesy of the IAAF                             In the case of Gatlin, USATF believed that USADA had been
21 August: Beijing - The IAAF Council met today in the Hotel        communicating directly with IAAF, which was not the case,
Kunlun, Beijing, following a highly successful edition of the       and accepted that, in future, they would immediately notify the
World Junior Championships in the Chinese capital.                  IAAF of the name of the athlete and the substance for which a
    Following are some of the main items of news from the           laboratory has reported a positive A sample.
meeting:                                                                In addition, Council was also informed that USATF has
IAAF/Area Associations Meeting                                      convened a Task Force to develop additional ways to deter
   The IAAF/Area Associations Meeting took place on 15 June         athletes from using banned substances and to establish
in Paris and all Area Presidents, General Secretaries and Area      procedures and rules that will allow the federation to remove
Group Representatives on the Council were present. During the       problem coaches, medical personnel and managers from the
one-day meeting the main topics of discussion were:                 sport.
- Harmonisation of the international calendar with a suggestion
from IAAF Vice-President Dapeng Lou that there be “protected        Transfer of Allegiance
dates” for National Championships;                                    The following Transfers of Allegiance have been noted since
- Automatic qualification at World Championships of                 the last Council Meeting.
Continental Champions with an additional suggestion from Mr         ABYU Thomas ETH to GBR 6/12/2006
Lou that for 2011, 75% of the qualifying athletes be submitted      BAKHTACHE Abdelkhader ALG to FRA 01/29/2005
by the Areas;                                                       BARRETT Kimberli JAM to PUR 8/12/2006
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DOYLE Brian GBR to IRL 7/31/2006                                   (with the exception of the starts of the Marathon and Race
HESS Mirjam SUI to LUX 7/17/2006                                   Walking which will be at 7:30am) and the evening sessions at
MARTINOVIC SESTAK to Marija SCG SLO 7/13/2007                      7:00pm (19:00).
MONTAGUE Adam AUS to USA 7/27/2006
RADULOVIC Milan SCG to BIH 4/14/2006                               World Cup in Athletics 2010 - Split
ROBINSON Taneisha IRL to GBR 10/10/2006                              Following a requested evaluation by IAAF Vice-President
SIMPSON Brandon JAM to BRN 9/29/2006                               Dapeng Lou and Honorary Treasurer Jean Poczobut, of the
TUNKS Lieja NED to CAN 6/26/2007                                   LOC’s progress in preparation to host the 2010 World Cup,
                                                                   Council confirmed Split, Croatia as the venue for the World
2006 World Athletics Day included Schools                          Cup in Athletics in 2010.
  The 2006 edition of the World Athletics Day was held on 6/7
May 2006, with for the first time an option to associate school    Record bidders for IAAF World Championships in
participation.                                                     Athletics 2011
  156 Member Federations took part in this project and 136 of           A record number of bidders have declared an interest in
them decided to organise it also with school participation.        hosting the 2011 edition of the IAAF World Championships in
   - Record of number of participants: BRA, ETH, MGL, PHI          Athletics.
and ROM with more than 1,000 athletes.                               The bid documentation has been sent to the 9 candidates:
    - Record of spectators: BRA, BDI, BEN, ETH, JPN with           Australia, Croatia, Korea, Morocco, Russia, Spain, Sweden,
more than 10,000 fans in attendance.                               United Arab Emirates, and United States of America
    - Participation of Champions, eg: in China (with Former             The candidates have now been informed of a number of
Olympic Champions), Italy (Giuseppe Gibilisco), Denmark            criteria to substantiate their bid, relating to operational budget,
(Wilson Kipketer), Portugal (Francis Obikwelu) and Germany         organizational experience, spectator capacity and other issues.
(Heike Drechsler).                                                   Bidders have also been informed of the following schedule:
   Anastasiya Rabchenyuk, who was a WAD winner in 2002,                In October: an information seminar for all bidders will be
made the final of the Women’s 400m Hurdles at the 2006             organised in Monaco;
European Championships in Göteborg.                                    By 1 December 2006: All completed and signed Bidding
                                                                   Documents as well as appendices must be submitted to IAAF;
World Road Running Championships 2006 – Debrecen                        An evaluation of the Bid Cities will take place between
  Council approved the following timetable for 8 October:          December-2006 and February 2007:
11:00 Women’s 20km Race                                               In March 2007, Bid Cities will present their candidature to
13:00 Men’s 20km Race                                              the IAAF Council and the host of the Championships will be
World Cup in Athletics 2006 – Athens
The European Teams qualified for the World Cup are                 IAAF World Athletics Tour (WAT) Working Group set up
Men: FRA, RUS                                                           In 2004 the One-Day Meetings Working Group was
Women: RUS, POL.                                                   established to conduct a specific task: to evaluate the one-day
  During their visit to Athens on 4 August the President and the   meetings’ structure and propose a simpler; more coherent
General Secretary had a meeting with representatives of the        structure with meeting categories, criteria and evaluations.
local organising committee regarding the general organisation        As a result, the World Athletics Tour was introduced in 2006.
of this event and the importance of local promotion to ensure a       IAAF Council agreed that a WAT Working Group should be
good crowd in the stadium.                                         established to monitor and evaluate the implantation of the new
World Cross Country Championships 2007 – Mombasa                     The Working Group will be composed of:
  Council agreed the following Timetable for 24 March:             • Dapeng Lou (CHN) – IAAF Vice President, Chairman of
15:30 Junior Women’s Race                                          IAAF Competitions Commission
16:05 Junior Men’s Race                                            • Hansjorg Wirz (SUI) – EAA President, Member of IAAF
16:40 Senior Women’s Race                                          Competition Commission
17:20 Senior Men’s Race                                            • Roberto Gesta de Melo (BRA) – IAAF Council Member,
18:00 Start of all Awards Ceremony                                 South America Area Rep
                                                                   • José Luis de Carlos (ESP) – Chairman of EAA Competition
Olympic Games 2008 – Beijing                                       Commission
   The Qualifying Method is almost finalised and the last point    • Pierre Weiss (FRA) – IAAF General Secretary
which is to be discussed with the IOC was the deadline for         • Sandro Giovannelli (ITA) – Advisor to IAAF President
qualifying performances achieved.                                  • Craig Masback (USA) – USA Track & Field CEO
    Following President Diack’s meeting with President Rogge       • Wilfried Meert (BEL) – IAAF Golden League Meeting
the following compromise was reached: an official deadline of      Director
23 July was set, but additional athletes might be accepted if      • Rajne Soderberg (SWE) – IAAF Super Grand Prix Meeting
they have achieved the qualifying performance between 24 and       Director
30 July and for exceptional cases qualifying performances up to    • Daniel Wessfeldt (SWE) – IAAF Athletes’ Representative
5 August could be taken into consideration (exact procedure
still to be defined).
       The Timetable has been prepared with the Technical
Delegates and BOCOG and will be submitted for Council’s
approval in November of this year.
  The morning sessions are scheduled to commence at 9:00am
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Council Approved the Competition Calendar for          Tue 11 RIETI ITA
2007                                                   Fri 14 BRUSSELS BEL
IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS SERIES 2007                       Sun 16 (tbc) BERLIN GER
MARCH Sat 24 35th IAAF World Cross Country Chps        Note:
Mombasa, KEN                                           June Sat 23 - Sun 24 European Cups
JULY Wed 11-Sun15 5th IAAF World Youth Chps Ostrava,   June Thu 21 – Sun 24 US Championships
CZE                                                    September Sat 22 & Sun 23 IAAF World Athletics Final
AUGUST Sat 25-Sun 2 Sept 11th IAAF World Champs in     Stuttgart, GER
Athletics Osaka, JPN
Stuttgart, GER                                         WAF (to be discussed after the 2006 evaluation)
OCTOBER Sun 14 IAAF World Road Running Chps Udine,
ITA                                                    IAAF WORLD COMBINED EVENTS CHALLENGE 2007
                                                       Individual IAAF Permit Meetings
IAAF INDOOR PERMIT MEETINGS 2007                       MAY Sat 5 & Sun 6 DESENZANO ITA
JANUARY Sun 28 MOSCOW RUS                              Sat 26 & Sun 27 GÖTZIS AUT
FEBRUARY Fri 2 NEW YORK USA                            JUNE Sat 2 & Sun3 ARLES FRA
Sat 3 STUTTGART GER                                    Sat 16 & Sun 17 RATINGEN GER
Sat 10 VALENCIA ESP                                    SEPTEMBER Sat 15 & Sun 16 TALENCE FRA
Sun 11 GHENT BEL                                       IAAF WORLD RACE WALKING CHALLENGE 2007
Sun 18 BIRMINGHAM GBR                                  MARCH 10 TLANEPANTLA DE BAZ MEX
Tue 20 STOCKHOLM SWE                                   24 KUNSHAN CHN
Sat 24 ATHENS GRE                                      APRIL 14 RIO MAJOR POR
Note:                                                  MAY 1 SESTO SAN GIOVANNI ITA
February Fri 23 – Sun 25: US Championships, Boston     JUNE 2 LA CORUNA ESP
March Fri 2 – Sun 4: European Indoor Championships,    JUNE 23 (tbc) KRAKOW POL
Birmingham, GBR                                        SEP 29 (tbc) 1st IAAF RWC Final, Saransk, RUS

IAAF CROSS COUNTRY PERMIT                MEETINGS      New World Race Walking Final Approved
2006/2007                                                Council approved a recommendation from the Race Walking
NOVEMBER Sun 12 OEIRAS POR                             Committee’s regarding the 2007 Calendar of the IAAF Race
Sun 26 LLODIO ESP                                      walking challenge which entails a “Final” from 2007, Council
DECEMBER Sun 17 BRUSSELS BEL                           approved Russia (Saransk) as the host of the 1st IAAF World
JANUARY Sat 6 BELFAST GBR                              Race Walking Challenge Final in 2007.
Sat 13 (tbc) EDINBURGH GBR                                Council also approved the following list of Area Race
Sun 14 (tbc) SEVILLA ESP                               Walking Judges who made the grade at the
FEBRUARY Sat 10 (tbc) NAIROBI KEN                      seminar/examination in Canberra from 9-12 June 2005:
Sun 11(tbc) DIEKIRCH LUX                               Geoff ANNEAR NZL
Sun 11 CHIBA JPN                                       Jacquie CATTERMOLE AUS
Sun 25 ALBUFEIRA POR                                   Diane LOWDEN AUS
MARCH Sun 4 SAN VITTORE ITA                            Lyn MILES AUS
                                                       Heather MITCHELL AUS
MARCH Sun 11 MELBOURNE AUS                             Junior Men’s 110mH/Junior Men’s Decathlon – Hurdle
APRIL Sat 28 DAKAR SEN                                 Height
MAY Sat 5 OSAKA JPN                                      In 2005, IAAF Congress approved the change of Rule 168.3
Fri 11 DOHA QAT                                        with regards to the height of the hurdles for the Junior Men’s
Sun 20 BELEM BRA                                       110m from 1.067m to 0.990m, with a tolerance of +1cm
Sat 26 HENGELO NED                                     (1.000m).
JUNE Sun 10 EUGENE USA                                    The current World Records for the Junior Men’s 110mH of
Fri 15 OSLO NOR                                        13.12 by Xiang Liu on 12 July 2002 and the Junior Men’s
Mon 18 HELSINKI FIN                                    Decathlon of 8397 points by Torsten Voss on 6/7 July 1982 are
Wed 27 OSTRAVA CZE                                     performances achieved with the former hurdle height (1.067m).
JULY Mon 2 ATHENS GRE                                    Council agreed that these World Records should stand as the
Wed 4 ZAGREB CRO                                       performances to surpass in order to achieve a new World
Fri 6 PARIS FRA                                        Record in these events with the new Hurdle height.
Fri 13 ROME ITA                                        Medical & Anti-Doping Testing
Sun 15 SHEFFIELD GBR                                      The following tests have been carried out so far in 2006 by
Sat 21 MADRID ESP                                      the IAAF:
Sun 29 MONACO MON                                        Testing Urine samples Blood samples
AUGUST Fri 3 LONDON GBR                                   In-Competition 745 386
Tue 7 STOCKHOLM SWE                                       Out-of-Competition 786 166
SEPTEMBER Fri 7 ZURICH SUI                             16 of these have been concluded as positive. This means a
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percentage of 1%, with 99% of the athletes confirmed as clean.     the WADA Code.
   So far in 2006, IAAF doping sample officers have reported          However, as part of the UNESCO International Convention,
166 unsuccessful attempts to collect out of competition samples    30 individual Government ratifications are needed for the treaty
from athletes.                                                     to enter into force, and so far, only about half of the required
   From this total, after investigation, 22 have been defined as   number have signed up.
“Missed Tests”.
                                                                   Promotion through Broadcasting
Education / Information Activities                                    Since the last Council Meeting in March the Department’s
     - Introduction of results management section on IAAF          day-to-day work has consisted of the following:
website with a running list of doping rule violations and              - Production of Athletix - our TV Magazine: 20 weekly
announcements of provisional suspensions;                          editions during the summer season which are now co-produced
     - Athlete Outreach (educational) Programme at African         with TWI/IMG;
Championships in Mauritius and at Beijing World Junior                - Organisation of Seminars: IAAF TV Seminar for African
Championships (in conjunction with IAAF Athlete Ambassador         Broadcasters in Fez, Morocco on 16/17 April and TV Seminar
project);                                                          in Beijing, China from 4-6 June.
  - Joint IAAF / EAA anti-doping delegate workshop (training,
information updates);                                              IAAF High Performance Training Centres (HPTCs)
  - distribution of email updates to IAAF Athletes Commission           The IAAF High Performance Training Centres (HPTC)
and Medical & Anti-Doping Commission / distribution of             provide centres of excellence for the training and development
updates to RTP athletes also.                                      of international class athletes and coaches.
   - Distribution of the “2006 Prohibited list” and the “OOC         The Centres are managed and supervised under IAAF control.
testing guide” brochures to 600 athletes and MFs and the 2006        At present there are a total of 82 selected athletes training in 8
Procedural Guidelines for Doping Control;                          Centres around the world:
Online Whereabouts                                                     Asia: 9 athletes
  In June the system was launched with a pool of athletes. The         Cuba: 1 athlete
feedback received since is satisfactory.                               Dakar (SEN): 26 athletes (including 4 from Liberia)
   Athletes have sent their positive comments as well as some          Eldoret (KEN): 11 athletes
useful suggestions.                                                    Kingston (JAM): 12 athletes
   Moreover, IDTM, WADA, National Agencies and Athletes’               Mauritius: 8 athletes
Representatives have requested receiving the Whereabouts and           Oceania: 10 athletes
one of the next steps could be to share the data in a secure           South America: 5 athletes
environment.                                                          Thirty-eight of the 82 athletes have been awarded Olympic
                                                                   Solidarity (OS) scholarships. Some of these athletes have
IAAF World Anti-Doping Symposium – Lausanne,                       already achieved outstanding performances:
Switzerland                                                           - Irving Saladino (PAN) is leading the world list in the long
   Over 200 participants already confirmed their attendance at     jump with 8.56m (PB);
the IAAF World Anti-Doping Symposium that will take place            - Usain Bolt (JAM) is N° 3 in the world list in the 200m with
in Lausanne on 30 September-1 October 2006.                        19.88s (PB);
                                                                       - Jermain Gonzales (JAM) is N°12 in the world list in the
Arbitration - Cases concluded in IAAF favour                       400m with 44.85s (PB).
     Since the last Council meeting, the following 7 CAS                Also of note: Daniel Kipchirchir Komen who is leading the
arbitrations have been concluded, all of them in the IAAF’s        1500m list for 2006 with 3:29.02, was at the Eldoret HPTC
favour.                                                            until last year; Ezekiel Kemboi is still training at HPTC Eldoret
   - Eddy Hellebuyck (USA)                                         and Janeth Jepkosgei, who became World Junior Champion
   - Maurren Maggi (BRA)                                           when she was at Eldoret, is now leading the 800m list with
   - Jamel Ahrass (FRA)                                            1:56.66.
   - Konstantinos Kenteris/Ekaterina Thanou (GRE)                    It is expected that a high number out of these 82 athletes will
   - Christos Tzekos (GRE)                                         qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
   - Maria Papadopoulou (GRE)
                                                                   “B Standard” Project
WADA Code Revision                                                   The IAAF has set a goal that at least one athlete of each of the
    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided to             212 Member Federations be capable of achieving the “B”
conduct a detailed revision of the WADA Code during an             Qualification Standard for the World Championships in
international seminar which is scheduled to take place in          Athletics or the Olympic Games.
Madrid, Spain in autumn of 2007.                                       Seventy-eight countries were entitled to apply for a B-
  As part of this exercise, ASOIF has already begun to contact     Standard Scholarship and the IAAF received 51 scholarship
International Federations with regards to the sanctions and the    applications from 25 countries.
proposals put forward are to the contrary of those upheld by the       After evaluation of the applications, 30 athletes from 28
IAAF Congress in Helsinki.                                         countries (19 B-Standard and 11 Elite Scholarship/IAAF
  The President, in the media, to ASOIF and WADA has made          Financial Support holders) have benefited from this Project in
the IAAF’s position clear: we seek stronger sanctions and          2006 with the IAAF helping them ensure access to adequate
support raising the sanction from 2 to 4 year for a first doping   facilities and coaching.
   A meeting between WADA, ASOIF and IAAF is scheduled
for the end of November 2006 in Monaco.
  It should be noted that all Olympic Federations have adopted
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IAAF Kids’ Athletics                                               This person could also work on the permit system, assist with
Exhibitions                                                      the calendar and deal with general administration and
   Several exhibitions have been staged in different countries   promotion of events.
and some MFs have launched a national programme (BRN,              It was also agreed that a small Working Group will be set up
MAS, PUR, SIN).                                                  to study the situation of Road Running. It will include:
    The Malaysian Federation in particular, launched a huge        • Lamine Diack or representative from IAAF Council
national programme for Kids’ Athletics: 30 centres                 • Otto Klappert (GER) - CC&RR Committee Chairman
encompassing all the Malaysian regions were opened on the             • David Bedford (GBR) and Carlos Cordoso (POR) –
same day.                                                        CC&RR Committee Members
                                                                   • Mary Wittenberg (USA) - ING NY Marathon and Marathon
Education                                                        Major Representative,
Two pilot courses for Kids’ Athletics took place: the first in     • Hiroaki Chosa (JPN) - AIMS representative,
Mauritius from 30 July to 6 August (English and French),           • Pierre Weiss (FRA) IAAF General Secretary.
where 13 English-speaking and 13 French-speaking MFs were          The group will review the structure of road running and look
invited, and the second in Beijing from 9 to 16 August where     how to link the IAAF World Road Running Championships to
24 candidates took part.                                         existing, successful mass races while avoiding a clash of
   The Kids’ Athletics Competition Book has been updated,        interest with sponsors and other rights holders.
revised and sent to all RDCs and also the Kids’ Athletics           Council agreed to consider future proposals that the IAAF
Educational Book has been finalised.                             World Road Running Championships be linked to an existing
                                                                 race from 2010 (bearing in mind the marketing aspects).
IAAF Academy                                                     IAAF Race Walking Committee
Three Courses have already been organised:                           The IAAF Race Walking Committee met in La Coruña
   - 2-9 May, Loughborough: Coaching Development Director        (Spain) on May 15th 2006 on the occasion of the 22nd IAAF
Pilot Course;                                                    World Race Walking Cup.
  - 4 -17 June, Nairobi: Chief Coach Course;                       The Chairman expressed his satisfaction for a very successful
  - 26 June-9 July, San Juan: Chief Coach Course.                edition of the IAAF World Race Walking Cup and
  IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System CECS           congratulated the Spanish Organisers for their excellent work
Sixteen CECS Level I Coaches Courses were staged during the        Reports on the Race Walking activities included the results of
period March to August 2006.                                     the major events staged in 2005/2006 as well as a summary of
   The IAAF’s Member Services department is completing the       the educational and development activities and were briefly
restructuring of the CECS and developing new material for the    commented.
courses.                                                              As in the past, some concern emerged for the scarce
  The “new” system will have 5 levels and is in alignment with   development of race walking in some Areas, especially in
the AEHESIS (Aligning a European Higher Educational              Africa, Asia, NACAC and South America.
Structure                                                           Council agreed that Gabriel Roldan, Soliman Hagar, Fausto
    In Sport Science) governed by the European Commission,       Mendoza and S. Vegiyathuman form a sub-working group to
and the ICCE (International Council for Coach Education).        develop a development project for consideration by the IAAF
The 5 Levels will be:                                            Member Services Department.
  Level I Animator
  Level II Youth Coach                                           IAAF Juridical Commission
  Level III Associate Coach                                        The IAAF Juridical Commission met in Paris on 17/18 July
  Level IV Senior Coach                                          2006 in order to continue its work on the items set out in the
  Level V Academy Coach (Professional Level Coaches)             Work Plan that had been confirmed by the IAAF Council in
     A workshop with future Level IV Lecturers has been          Osaka.
organised in Frankfurt (GER) during which the structure,
contents and materials were finalised                            Licensing of Athlete Representatives
   Pilot Courses for 3 of the 6 planned new Level IV Courses       Council reviewed the work that had been conducted by IAAF
have been successfully conducted and the remaining 3 will        Office and the Commission and noted in particular the results
follow later this year.                                          of the questionnaires that had been sent out to the Members,
   The new Level I and II Courses have been organised by the     athletes and athlete representatives to obtain their respective
School/Youth Commission.                                         views on the current IAAF system and on how it should be
     The process of incorporating them into the new CECS         improved/changed.
structure depends on the feedback from the pilot courses which       Commission members Habib Cissé and Jack Agrios are
took place in Mauritius and Beijing.                             preparing a written proposal of new Regulations which would
                                                                 be presented to the Council in November.
                                                                   This would incorporate at least the following principles:
REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND                                        - a criminal background check
COMMISSIONS                                                        - a written examination to be taken (set by the IAAF)
IAAF Cross Country & Road Running Committee                        - professional liability insurance (or bank guarantee)
  The IAAF Cross Country & Road Running Committee met in           - adherence to a code of conduct
Fukuoka, Japan on 3 April 2006 on the occasion of the IAAF          - standard form contract between the athlete representative
World Cross Country Championships.                               and athlete.
  Council agreed that the IAAF should hire a permanent Staff
Member as Road Running Liaison who would work solely for         Recovery of prize money in doping cases and related issues
improving the competition structure and improve collaboration    Prize money at IAAF World Athletics Series Competitions
with the AIMS.                                                    Council had a long discussion concerning the issue of
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recovering prize money from athletes who test positive.               New Guinea to walk the Kokoda Trail.
   Council reconfirmed the following procedure in the payment              Rick found the trek very rewarding but physically and
of prize money at IAAF World Athletics Series competitions:           emotionally taxing.
   No payments will be made until the results of any doping             He has new found respect for the Diggers who served in New
controls at the event have been returned;                             Guinea and fought along the trail during World War 11.
  If the results are all negative, all payments can be made;             Rick’s daughter Brooke was also back at training last week
    If any doping control gives rise to an adverse finding, no        after a stint of teaching in the US.
payment is made to the athlete concerned, but payments can be           Last weekend, his youngest daughter, Alyce, was in action at
made to all other athletes on the basis of their actual placings in   a UQ All-Comers meet taking out the women’s 800 metre race.
the event:-                                                               It is hoped that Doug Pendlebury will return to training
   when the adverse finding is confirmed as a doping violation        shortly.
in a final and binding decision, the results will be duly revised       Doug has been out of action due to a hernia operation.
and the so-called “upgraded” athletes can be paid an additional          In the meantime one of our keenest trainers in John Hallam
amount being the difference between the prize money for their         will be sidelined for a few weeks with shin splints.
final placing and the amount they were paid earlier:-                     Mayne Harriers training nights are Tuesday and Thursday
  if the athlete is exonerated of a doping violation in a final and   starting at 7.00pm at Windsor Park. Training is carried out on
binding decision, the final result can be confirmed and the           the flood lit high quality fully marked grass track that is shared
”cleared” athlete is paid the amount to which he/she is entitled.     with St. Margaret's school.
   No further action is required in relation to the other athletes    Want to know more?
who have already received their prize money based on their            Please contact the President Mr.Trevor Jimmieson Ph: 07 3261
placings in the event on the day.                                     1771 or the Secretary Mr.Peter Bennett Ph: 07 3870 3824
                                                                      (email or visit the club site
Athletes found positive retroactively                       
  Council noted that the return of prize money as a condition to
reinstatement is already covered by the current Rule 40.11.           QUEENSLAND RACE WALKING CLUB
   Council agreed that wording should be added to Rule 40.11               There was no club walk last Sunday with the Athletics
to make it clear that the return of medals and prize money to         Australia Road Walk Championships being held in Hobart.
the IAAF is a condition precedent to an athlete´s reinstatement          Club members Natasha and Courtney Sorensen traveled to
and also to Rule 40 to make it clear that the so-called               Hobart to represent the State.
“upgraded” athlete will be paid retroactively only if the IAAF           In the Open Men’s 30km Olympic medalist Nathan Deakes
recovers money from the disqualified athlete.                         took out the title in a new Australian record time of 2 hr 05min
Transfers of allegiance/nationality                                      This time broke our own Dave Smith’s long standing mark
  It was reported that a database on nationality law issues was       set in 1985 by 53 seconds.
being establised by the IAAF.                                            The Women’s 10km championship was won by Nat Saville
    Council also received new and updated information on a            in 47.13 closely followed by Claire Woods from South
number of nationality-related issues: relevant nationality rules      Australia in 47.19.
in Member Federations, the case of three Kenyan athletes who            Natasha, competing in the Under 18 8km, walked a personal
had moved to Bahrain, two new cases involving Bahrain                 best 44.45 for ninth place.
concerning athletes from Morocco and Jamaica and information              In her first championship race since returning to the sport
on the Hague International Convention on proof of citizenship.        after breaking an arm Courtney can be very proud of her 17.01
   Council agreed that the Juridical Commission should follow         for 14th in the Under 14 3km championship event.
the current situation and discuss this item again at its next            The well run Ipswich Winter Carnival was held last Sunday
meeting.                                                              morning and a group of club walkers took advantage of the
                                                                      1,500 metre walk on the grass track.
                                                                         In the first race of the day Nina Bennett took out the silver
        News from the Clubs                                           medal in the Girls 13 years event.
                                                                           In the Open Women’s event Noela McKinven and Sian
           MAYNE HARRIERS NEWS                                        Llewellyn fought out the bronze medal crossing the line
                By Trevor Jimmieson (President)                       together with Noela getting the nod from the place judges.
     The number of athletes attending training continues to              Ipswich walker, Jonathon Birt won the Open Men’s 1,500
increase with a good percentage of new members joining the            metres in 6minutes 50 secs. from Peter Bennett (7.00) and Dip
squad.                                                                Chand (7.33).
   You know that all the schools athletics championships are                Next in was Dip’s brother Prandeep, having his first
getting closer when athletes try to get to every training session     competitive walk in eighteen months, followed by Nick and
but there has also been an increase in the number of senior           Brandon Dewar.
athletes attending.                                                     With this Sunday being Fathers Day no club walks have been
  All trialing members are asked to speak to Julianne, the club       scheduled. Make sure you all remember your Dad this Sunday.
Registrar, about formalizing your membership with the club and           A reminder to all club members that entries are open for the
registering with Queensland Athletics.                                Club Championships on September 10.
   The Management Committee is planning on holding another                Please return all entry forms to the Club Secretary Noela
Sausage Sizzle evening after training at the clubhouse in the         McKinven (contact details below) or to the Registrar, Julianne
near future.                                                          Bennett on ph. 38703824.
  The date will be finalized at the next Committee meeting on              The Championships will be held on the road course at
Thursday September 7 at our Windsor Park clubhouse.                   Kalinga Park.
  Rick Gillham returned to training this week after his trip to         It is requested that all holders of perpetual trophies to please
                                                                      return their trophies on Championship day.
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      All racewalkers are invited to enter the Racewalking            then going on to break Julius Nyambane's long jump record
Queensland Track Championships/Schools Track Qualifying               when he jumped 6.58 improving the record by 16 centimetres.
Trials on September 17.                                                  Continuing the record breaking performances in the jumps,
  These Championships/Trials are open to all race walkers from        Gianna Dockay of Ryan Catholic College jumped 1.67 to take
all schools and athletics clubs.                                      out the women's 16 year high jump, a record that Carmen
  The venue is the UQ track at St Lucia with events from Under        Hunter had previously held.
10’s through to Open.                                                   Townsville continues to produce some of the best jumpers in
                                                                      the country and this week's Townsville Schools Championships
      Queensland Athletics will recognize all times, where
                                                                      will surely lead the way for more State and National champions
qualifying standards have been met, for All-Schools                   over the next four months of schools' competitions.
Championships.                                                           State Champion Corey Walk was in a class all of his own in
  Please call the Secretary for an entry form or further details or   the 14 year javelin event when he broke the 2001 record held
visit our website.                                                    by David Bowden,
    Placegetters 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all age groups, men and            Corey threw 50.32 and then also enjoyed success in winning
women, will be awarded medals and all entrants will receive a         the 100m, high jump, triple jump and discus.
participation certificate.                                              While Pimlico SHS retained the overall Champion Trophy for
     The last programmed event on the club 2006 Winter                Women, it was Kirwan SHS who surprised all by taking out the
Programme is the Relay/Trophy/BBQ Day on Sunday                       Men's trophy from longtime champions Ignatius Park College.
September 24th at Sandgate Lagoon.                                       This week Townsville has seen Australia's Paralympic Team
   Club members are asked to submit their team entries to the         preparing for the World Championships in Assen.
Secretary for the handicapped 4 x 1,500 metre relay.                     Damien Burroughs broke the national discus record with a
   At stake is the prestigious Bill Cook trophy but this race is      throw of 44.41m while attending the pre-departure meet.
not entirely serious and fancy dress is encouraged.                      Local athlete, Paul Raison threw 38.68 metres in the discus
  Throwing race judges in the lagoon is still frowned upon and        while Nick Larinow was close to his personal best with a throw
the Handicapper cannot be bribed.                                     of 27.32 .
     Racewalking Queensland is active all year round and                  Up and coming Mackay athlete, Shannon Mobbs, in his
conducts it’s own winter road walk programme from April until         second ever competition threw 27.64.
the end of September.                                                    In the Shot Put it was Paul Raison who continued to show
     Walkers from all other athletics clubs and schools are           his dominance in the event with a put of 13.86.
welcome to attend these meets.                                          Charters Towers athlete, Raymond Abdy has benefited by the
     For more information on race walking opportunities in            team training and competing in Townsville and is sure to see
Queensland           please        visit       our        website     some improvements in his performances in time for the or contact the following:            Oceania Grand Prix Series to be held in Suva, Fiji.
Racewalking Queensland Information                In the Javelin, Wade McMahon showed he was on target for a
President Peter Bennett 38703824             great performance at the World Championships when he threw
Secretary Noela McKinven 33512439              43.92 - he will be hoping he can throw 45 metres in Holland.
Coaching        Director      David       Smith      0438729601          Brisbane thrower, Debbie Wendt had her best throw for 12                                                months when she threw 20.97.
                                                                        The Australian Paralympic Team left Townsville last Sunday
          ATHLETICS                                                   and will head directly to the World Championships.
    NORTH QUEENSLAND NEWS                                                There is no doubt that they'll be hoping the weather and the
                                                                      hospitality will be just as warm in Assen as it has been in
                        by Yvonne Mullins                             Townsville.
     The Townsville Secondary School Athletics Carnivals has            Team spokesperson, Brett Jones said he was pleased with the
produced outstanding performances with 10 records broken.             performances here in Townsville, “this has been a great camp
    Isis Flynn-Pittar, Pimlico SHS continues to impress with a        for us with a number of exceptional performances, our athletes
record breaking performance in the 13 year girls 1500 metres in       always perform well in Townsville - we'll certainly be back”.
a time of 5.00.63.
     Isis travelled to Hobart last week for the National Cross
Country Championships.
                                                                           Aussies (and others) overseas
    While the other outstanding performance on the track came
from Michael Friday of Kirwan State High School, who took                        Tatiana equals her best
out the 13 year men's 400 metre final by a mere 100th of a                              courtesy of Athletics Australia
second from Ryan Flynn, Townsville Grammar.                           26 August: Tatiana Grigorieva equalled her five-year-old
   Michael's time was 55.22.                                          personal best, leaping 4.56m at the IAAF Golden League in
   The only other track record to fall was the 13 year boys' 4 x      Brussels last night.
100 metre relay record which went to Kirwan SHS.                         Like Patrick Johnson who set a personal best over 200m
    Katie Cox from Townsville Grammar School continues to             earlier in the week, Grigorieva, 30, has showed she is still a
dominate the women's jumps' events in Townsville with a leap          force in international athletics after three years of struggle.
of 11.78 in the 16 year triple jump and 5.61 in the long jump.          Her clearance in Brussels for 7th place on a countback equals
    Both records were previously held by Elizabeth Murphy of          the 4.56m she jumped in Tokyo, Japan in 2001 and surpasses
Pimlico State High who went on to represent Australia in multi-       the 4.55m she cleared to win Olympic silver in Sydney, the
events.                                                               4.45m she jumped in wining the world championships bronze
   Michael Hickey, Kirwan SHS was outstanding in the men's            medal in Seville in 1999 and the 4.55m with which she finished
triple jump and long jump with jumps of 12.61m and 6.00m.             4th at the world championships in Edmonton in 2001.
    Justin O'Neill of the Cathedral School was dominant in the               Commonwealth Games champion Kym Howe, still
men's 15 year age group taking out the 100 and 200 metres and         recovering from a chest infection that forced her to miss the
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IAAF World Tour meeting in Monaco on Sunday, didn’t clear                In the sprints, after setting a personal best over 200m last
her opening height.                                                  week in Malmo, Patrick Johnson concentrated only on the 100
    Both Howe and Grigorieva have qualified for the IAAF             metres at the meeting, finishing seventh in 10.34 in a windless
World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, as Brussels was the last         race won by emerging American Jason Smoots in 10.01.
scoring opportunity in the women’s pole vault.                            Daniel Batman on the other hand gave himself a tough
   Howe is ranked 5th and Grigorieva 6th on the tour standings       programme in his first meet since arriving in Europe from
– with the top seven automatically qualifying for the final.         Australia, running the 200 metres and then, within an hour, the
    In other Australian results in Brussels, Craig Mottram is        400.
feeling the effects of a long campaign, finishing 17th in the           A sixth placing in the shorter event in 20.99 (-0.9) will give
1500m in 3:38.75, as is Youcef Abdi, who finished 18th in the        the AIS athlete some valuable points in his quest to make the
steeplechase in 8:50.19.                                             World Final in that event in two weeks time, whilst a probably
                                                                     slightly better performance of 45.77 in finishing in the same
       Busy weekend for Australian                                   spot in a strong 400 metres, will provide him with some
             athletes abroad                                         encouragement for his next outing over 200 metres in Zagreb
                  courtesy of Athletics Australia                    on Thursday.
28 August: Australian athletes continued their run of good             ‘Today showed I am a bit short of racing at this level.
performances around the world, with excellent performances in           The work I have been doing probably put me in a position to
Italy and America overnight and Belgium on Friday - with             run better at 400 but I am confident now that I can run a lot
Steve Hooker and Paul Burgess again in the top three in the          quicker at 200 metres at the coming meets,’ Batman said.
pole vault, Benita Johnson out sprinted by a world marathon               The other Australian in Rieti, Sydneysider Nic Bromley,
champion in New York and Tatiana Grigorieva equalling her            made a late bid for selection in the Oceania team for the IAAF
personal best in Brussels.                                           World Cup in Athens next month recording a time of 1.47.75 in
   At last night’s IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in Rieti,       the B 800 metres, the quality of which would have been an A
Italy, Perth based pole vault training partners Steve Hooker and     status event at most other meetings.
Paul Burgess cemented their reputations as the world’s
numbers two and three, although the pecking order between the
                                                                          Ndereba holds off Johnson at
two remains in some doubt.                                             inaugural New York Half Marathon
   The result will make for a difficult decision at the selection      2004 world cross country champion Benita Johnson has been
table, with Oceania selectors finalising their team for the IAAF     pipped at the line by 2003 world marathon champion, Catherine
World Cup event in Athens later today.                               Ndereba of Kenya, in a thrilling finish to the inaugural New
   It was Hooker’s turn to prevail finishing second with 5.82m,      York City Half-Marathon on Sunday.
behind the man with the year’s best all round record, Brad               Both were clocked at 1:09:43 on a course that started in
Walker of the USA.                                                   Central Park, ran through the heart of Manhattan and Times
    Burgess also had a best of 5.82m, but took two attempts at       Square and then went along the Hudson River before finishing
that height to clear the bar, whilst Commonwealth champion           within sight of the Statue of Liberty.
Hooker needed only one.                                                Considering Ndereba’s resume it was a quality performance;
  It was a resilient effort by both men – Burgess having bruised     the 34-year-old became the first woman to break 2:19 for the
his knee on a hurdle in training the day prior to the meet, whilst   marathon (2001), won the 2003 world marathon title and won
Hooker had to recover from a nasty pre-competition incident.         the silver medal in marathon in both Athens and Helsinki.
  He was visibly shaken after breaking a new pole during warm-           “With a mile to go I thought maybe I could catch her,”
up, also damaging his right wrist.                                   Johnson told race organisers after the race.
   ‘I simply ran out of poles today - my biggest one broke and            “With 400 metres I thought I could catch-up but she
on my three attempts at 5.92m, I just lacked the strength of pole    responded which is the sign of a true champion.”
to get a clearance,’                                                      Johnson, 27, also confirmed she will run the Chicago
    Hooker said after the competition. ‘I am getting some new        Marathon in October.
ones this week, which should help for my next competition in           In the men’s race, Andrew Letherby finished 7th in 1:03:46,
Berlin on Sunday.’                                                   behind 34-year-old Kenyan veteran Thomas Nyariki who
   Both men will stay in Rieti for a short training camp before      continued his amazing comeback after losing his right eye in an
flying to the German capital for the final leg of the Golden         accident three years ago.
League for 2006.                                                       Nyariki held of US duo Meb Kelfezighi and Abdi Abdiraham
    In a meet that featured a host of world class performances,      to win in 1:01:22. Keflezighi clocked 1:01:28 for second, and
including world leading times in the men’s 800 and 3000              Abdiraham was in third at 1:01:34.
metres, Sarah Jamieson continued her run of fast times,
finishing seventh in 4:02.63 in a women’s 1500 metres run at           Placings to McLellan and Martin
such a furious rate that the first three, led home by Bahrain’s      27 August: Slovakia: The Gold Coast's Sally McLellan showed
Maryam Jamal, all ran under 3:58.00.                                 she is running into top form with a good second placing in the
   The former West Australian, now living in Melbourne, was          100m hurdles in one of her best times of 13.15s.
not afraid to run with the pace, indicating that she too has         29 August: Slovakia: Scott Martin of Victoria continued his
claims to a sub four minute time in the near future, having          good European form with a strong second placing in the Shot
already lowered her personal best and set a new Australian           put with yet another 20m effort, this time raching 20.14m.
record this season.                                                    Sally McLellan had her second run over the hurdles in three
  The time in Rieti is better than her pre-Europe personal best.     days, this time finishing third in 13.24s, slightly slower than
   Victoria Mitchell showed she is on track for both the IAAF        her 13.15s on Sunday.
World Athletics Final in Stuttgart and the World Cup in                Like the other Australians competing on the european circuit
Athens, with a controlled run in the 3000 metres steeplechase        both McLellan and Martin are showing great form leading into
taking fourth in 9:34.67 and Mark Fountain finished off his          the World Cup next month
season with a sixth placing in the 1500 metres in 3:35.38.
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           Athletics North Queensland
                   invites you to compete in the:

                  Ergon Energy
           Athletics North Queensland
           Track & Field and Combined
              Events Championships
                          Being held at the:

               Townsville Sports Reserve
               Bourke Street, Townsville
                               On the:

          29/30 September & 1st October 2006
           NOMINATIONS CLOSE: Monday 18 September
 Nomination forms are available from the Athletics North Queensland

          Or phone the Athletics North Queensland office on:
                    (07) 4728 1365 or 1300 309 230
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                                Major Competition Dates
                        Notices                                                  Website of the Week
Queensland Masters Athletics Assn. Inc. will begin their               
track field season at the State Atletics Centre on Saturday,       Athletics Gold - an Australian site with volumes of information
September 16 - competition will run from 8.00am to 12.00           including a special section on the history of Australian women
noon.                                                                                         in athletics
Full details of their programmes and other activites can be
viewed on their website at                     Other websites of interest
                                                                     Bronwyn Thompson link:
Queensland Athletic Commissions                                         Peter Edwards photos:
Every two years Queensland Athletics calls for nominations from          Queensland Athletics:
the athletics community to seek individuals who can join the           IQT&F News Email: go to www.qldathletics.or.gau
Officials, Track and Field, Non Stadia, Education and Race         BBC Sport: htp://
Walking commissions and actively work towards the                           Athletics Australia :
improvement of our sport.                                                              IAAF:
The commencement date for commission members is October              Home of High School Track & Field:
2006 with members remaining in place for a period of two years.         Track & Field News:
Nominations close on September 19, 2006 and all nominations                USA Collegiate T&F :
will be treated confidentially

                Officials Courses
Officials Courses are conducted each year leading into the
school athletics season.
Dates for upcoming Athletics Officiating Courses are:
    9 September - Athletics Australia “A” and “B” grade pre-exam
    October (date tba) - Walks course
The first 3 courses are open to QA, QLAA, QMA members and
school teachers. The lecturer will be Reg Brandis, Chairman of
Athletics Australias Officials Commission and one of 47 ITOs
(International Referees) in World Athletics.
Venue – Qld Sport and Athletics Centre (6pm – 9pm).
Cost – N/A.

For more information, please contact Reg Brandis on 3398 9802
or fax 3398 9690.

          Attention Race Walkers
Are you looking for qualifying times for All Schools Track &        Inside Queensland Track & Field is published weekly by Queensland
Field?                                                              Editor: Daryl Cross
The University of Queensland Athletics Centre is holding a          Editorial Committee: David Cooper, Peter Meares, Daryl Cross
couple of track meets which include walks during                    Photographers: Daryl Cross, Peter Edwards
August/September:                                                   Editorial content (including photographs) is welcomed however no payment
                                                                    wll be made for any published material.
    Sunday 6th August at 2:00pm                                     All copy should be sent to the Editor at
    Sunday 20th August at 1:45pm                                    No part of this newsletter may be reproduced by any means without the
                                                                    express permission of Queensland Athletics and all photographs remain the
    Saturday 2nd September at 1:30pm                                property of the photographer.
Please check the UQ website ( or the          Queensland Athletics
QA website calendar for more information.                           Level 3, Qld Sport & Athletics Centre,
                                                                    Kessels Road, NATHAN, QLD 4111
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!                                                PO Box 249, SUNNYBANK, QLD 4109
                                                                     Ph: (07) 3343 5653
                                                                    1300 760 776 (from outside Brisbane)
                                                                    Fax: (07) 3349 6218

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