Fifty to front Oceania challenge
Fifty athletes have today been named to the Australian team for next month’s IAAF Oceania Championships in Cairns in the all-important lead-up to the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.
The 50-strong Australian team comprises 13 members of the Commonwealth Games team, who will use the September 23-25 meet as the platform for their New Delhi campaign, and a host of regional athletes set to take it right up to the best athletes of the Oceania region.
Spearheading the Australian campaign in Cairns will be Jeremy Roff (800m, 1500m), Jeff Hunt (5000m), Scott Martin (shot put, discus throw), Dale Stevenson (shot put), Simon Wardhaugh (hammer throw), Tim Driesen (hammer throw), Pirrenee Steinert (400m), Hayley Butler (100m hurdles), Ellen Pettitt (high jump), Joanne Mirtschin (shot put), Karyne Di Marco (hammer throw), Bronwyn Eagles (hammer throw) and Gabrielle Neighbour (hammer throw), who will don the green and gold in New Delhi in October.
Thirteen athletes selected to the team will contest the Under 20 Oceania Championships, to be run in conjunction with the open-age program.
The three-day meet will also feature four invitation events for athletes with a disability – the men’s and women’s secured shot put and men’s and women’s 100m – and provide valuable competition opportunities to Australia’s top athletes with a disability in the countdown to New Delhi.
Headlining the AWD action in Cairns will be New Delhi ticket-holders Gabriel Cole, Heath Francis and Simon Patmore in the men’s 100m, Jodi Elkington in the women’s 100m, Damien Bowen and Hamish MacDonald in the men’s secured shot put and Louise Ellery and Brydee Moore in the women’s secured shot put.
Started in 1990 and held every two years, the Oceania meet is the area championships for the 22 IAAF member federations of the Oceania region.
IAAF Oceania Championships
September 23-25, 2010
100m: Liam Gander
400m: Jay Stone
800m: Cameron Clayton, Jeremy Roff
5000m: Jeff Hunt
110m hurdles: Greg Eyears, Daniel Small
400m hurdles: James Roff
High jump: Josh Hall
Pole vault: Matt Boyd
Long jump: Julius Nyambane, Stone
Shot put: Michael Day, Scott Martin, Dale Stevenson
Discus throw: Martin, Thomas McGuire
Hammer throw: Tim Driesen, McGuire, Simon Wardhaugh
100m: Jacinta Boyd, Sarah Busby, Laura Whaler
200m: Kendra Hubbard, Whaler
400m: Alice Platten, Pirrenee Steinert, Cara White
1500m: Lara Nicod
3000m steeplechase: Nicod
100m hurdles: Hayley Butler
400m hurdles: Lauren McAdam, Lisa Spencer, White
10km walk: Nicole Fagan
High jump: Ellen Pettitt, Tara Strano
Triple jump: Katie Cox
Shot put: Joanne Mirtschin
Discus throw: Karen Clarke
Hammer throw: Karyne Di Marco, Bronwyn Eagles, Gabrielle Neighbour
Javelin throw: Clarke
Junior Men (8.)
400m: Matthew Bailey
800m: Bailey, Matthew Werner
1500m: Rorey Hunter, Werner
3000m steeplechase: Billy Bragg
400m hurdles: Mark Edgerton
Triple jump: Alex Ypinazar
Hammer throw: Robert Johnson, David Rakoci
Junior Women (5)
800m: Chelsea Dartnell
400m hurdles: Emily Keehn
High jump: Teagan Harris
Triple jump: Kerri Tibbs
Hammer throw: Annaliisa Geraghty
AWD Men (5)
100m: Gabriel Cole, Heath Francis, Simon Patmore
Secured shot put: Damien Bowen, Hamish MacDonald
AWD Women (3)
100m: Jodi Elkington
Secured shot put: Louise Ellery, Brydee Moore