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 Tuesday, July 31, 2001 

VISITORS GIVE THUMBS UP FOR GAY GAMES

Read news article here
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 Monday, July 30, 2001 

McCANN KEEN TO CRACK RECORD


Olympian Kerryn McCann is aiming to break the longest held City to Surf record when she takes on Heartbreak Hill next month. (Read news report here)
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 Saturday, July 28, 2001 

LATEST AUSSIE NEWS FROM EDMONTON BEFORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

With only 6 days till the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, Canada, the Telstra Australian Athletics Team is near its full compliment in Canada in preparation for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics to be held in
Edmonton from 3-12 August 2001.

Today saw the arrival of Olympic pole vault silver medallist Tatiana Grigorieva and husband and former world junior pole vault champion Viktor Chistiakov. The most experienced member of the Australian Team, walker Kerry Saxby-Junna, will be the final athlete to arrive and she will join the team in Edmonton on Tuesday.

The members of the Australian Team based in Calgary have been taking advantage of the fine and warm weather conditions in training and competition. In time out of training, the athletes have been taking in many of the spectacular sights of Calgary and surrounds including the town of Banff near the Rocky Mountains, attending a Canadian national gridiron game and witnessing many of the sporting venues for the 1988 Winter Olympics. The final World Championships warm-up competition will take place in Calgary on Monday 30 July with a number of the Australian Team expected to round out their preparations at this meet.

Four athletes will represent Australia in the Athletes with a Disability (AWD) events at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics this year and will provide one of Australia's best chances for medals. Sprinters Amy Winters (NSW) and Meaghan Starr (NSW) will compete in the 100 metres (T46 - arm amputee), Neil Fuller (SA) will line up in the 200 metres (T44 - Single below knee amputee) while Louise Sauvage (NSW) will challenge for victory in the wheelchair 800 metres.

Winner of three Paralympic gold medals Amy Winters will be aiming for another major championship gold in Edmonton. Winters, 23, who won Paralympic gold over 200m in 1996 and 2000 and 100m in 2000, is confident of a strong showing after two encouraging runs in Calgary in the past week. Her main opposition will come from German girls Catherine Bader-Bilde, the long jump gold medallist from the Sydney Paralympics, and Jessica Sachse who was the Paralympic champion in 1992 and silver medallist in 1996.

Seventeen-year-old Meaghan Starr, is a rising star and will be aiming to run close to her personal best of 13.40 seconds. Winters holds the World Record for this event at 12.49 seconds. Winner of four gold medals at the Sydney Games last year to take his total Paralympic gold medal tally to six, Neil Fuller is chasing the inaugural gold medal in the amputee 200 metres at the IAAF World Championships.

Fuller, the Paralympic champion for this event, will face Paralympic silver medallist Rod Green (USA), bronze medallist Marcus Ehm (GER), fourth-placegetter David Barallo Fuentes (ESP), fifth placegetter Dominique Andre (FRA) and Canadian record holder Rob Snoek in what shapes as a great tussle for 2001 supremacy.

In the women's wheelchair 800 metres, Louise Sauvage locks horns with rival Chantal Peticlerc from Canada who defeated her in a controversial Paralympic final last year. Two weeks earlier Sauvage did win Olympic gold, and later went on to win Paralympic gold in the 1500m and 5000m. One of the all-time great wheelchair athletes, if not the greatest, Sauvage is still only 27 years and has plenty of achievements left including taking her fourth IAAF World Championships gold in the 800m.

Thoughts from star sprinters Amy Winters and Neil Fuller :
Winters said she is excited by the prospect of running at the World Championships after reassessing her career following the Sydney Games. "The plan was to have a break after the Paralympics but then I realised that my event was part of the World Championships and thought this was too good an opportunity to be missed. "I have been running better since coming into camp and having a couple of competition races. My aim for the World Championships is definitely a personal best and gold medal, and, longer term, to run a time in the 12.3 second range.

On her career highlight and how it came about:
"My career highlight was winning the 200m gold medal in Sydney last year which was my first gold medal of the 2000 Paralympics so a bit of pressure was taken off. I first thought about being the best in the world after my first IPC World Championships in 1994 when I won three silver medals. Then Atlanta became more of a reality than a dream." Fuller said he also reassessed his running career after Sydney and, for him, this meant a change. "After Sydney, I reviewed my whole running career and made a few big decisions including relocating my family to Canberra so I could train at the AIS. At this stage of my career I am aiming at finding that little bit extra which hopefully this change will bring. "It has been a smooth transition from Adelaide to Canberra. I am adapting to work in with Esa Peltola's squad, Adam (Basil), Patrick (Johnson) and Kyle (Vander Kuyp). Everyone has made me feel welcome.

On his interesting preparation including the birth of his son two weeks ago:
"The meet on Wednesday was my first official race since April. It was a good confidence booster but I would like to run 23.2 seconds at the World Championships. I would have been crucified if I wasn't there for the birth so it all fell into place well. Matthew was due on the 30th of July so it was good timing in the end. Though I do feel bad that I am not there now."

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 Thursday, July 26, 2001 

THE END OF THE PALM BEACH TO MANLY 30KM

-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Thorsen
Sent: Thursday, 26 July 2001 13:05
Subject: The end of Harbord Diggers Palm Beach to Manly 30K Run.

Dear All,

After lengthy consideration Harbord Diggers have decided to cease organisation of the Palm Beach to Manly 30km Run. 25 years of organising this run and the difficulty in meeting RTA, Police and Council requirements has taken its toll on our helpers and we no longer have the resources to ensure the safety of all competitors in accordance with our Insurance Policy and our Traffic Management Plan.

Accordingly I regret to inform you all that there will be no 30 km run in January 2002.

We thank all those persons and organisations that have been instrumental in the success of the 30k run, particularly Frenchs Forest Police, Manly,Warringah & Pittwater Councils, Manly Lifeguards and the Harbord Diggers Memorial Club.

Thank you to all those who competed, and hopefully enjoyed the Run, and we wish you all the best in your future running.

Geoff Thorsen
President Harbord Diggers Running Club.
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 Tuesday, July 24, 2001 

SYDNEY MARATHON

The Sydney Marathon finally has a website, and a new entry form - see updated CoolRunning Sydney Marathon page.
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 Sunday, July 22, 2001 

RECORD ENTRIES FLOOD IN FOR CITY TO SURF

See news article here.
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OLYMPIC NEWS FEED ADDED TO COOLRUNNING

Bringing the best Olympic news as reported from around the world
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FEDERATION OF GAY GAMES OPTIMISTIC ABOUT SYDNEY VISIT

(16 July - New York) Eager to counter press reports appearing within the last two days, Federation of Gay Games officials have expressed optimism about recent actions taken by the new leaders of Sydney 2002, the organizing body of Gay Games VI.

"Sydney 2002 has just concluded a complete review of operations," said Bill Wassmer, co-president of the Federation. "We think they're now moving in the direction to get the job done." Sydney 2002 has a new chief executive officer, Geoffrey Williams, and new co-chairs of its board of directors, Bev Lange and Peter Bailey. In addition, a number of new faces with extensive business experience in both Sydney's mainstream and gay & lesbian communities have joined the Sydney 2002 board.

"Turnover at the top is nothing unusual in big events like this as groups move from planning to implementation stages," said Sue Emerson, Federation co-president along with Wassmer. "It happens at almost every Olympics, in fact." A Federation delegation was originally scheduled to make a site visit to Sydney in May, but that was rescheduled for the end of July to give the new Sydney 2002 leaders time to settle into their positions. "We see the changes as positive and reflect that the Sydney community is, in fact, moving forward to ensure the most successful Gay Games ever," Emerson said. "Our whole delegation is looking forward to meeting the new team
personally to plan how we can work in partnership over the next 15 months to increase corporate, government and private support."

Among the Federation's delegation are several Sydney residents who serve on the Federation's board of directors but who are not connected with Sydney 2002. Besides Emerson, who hails from the U.K., the Federation delegation includes Charlie Carson, Gene Dermody, Teresa Galetti and Kathleen Webster, all from the U.S., and Richard Cobden, Paul Croft, Richard Hogan and Jennifer Wilson of Australia.

The subject of press speculation was an internal e-mail Federation officers sent to the Federation board outlining possible courses of action after the upcoming site visit, including possible downsizing, removal to another city or forfeiture. Federation Vice President Gene Dermody says the e-mail needs to be kept in perspective. "Just as the IOC has expressed concern about Athens, the Federation has had to be realistic about fundraising shortfalls in Sydney," said Dermody. "But we're not looking at worst-case scenarios now. The main thing is to put on an event that enables our athletes and cultural participants to have a first-rate experience in Sydney. We think the new Gay Games organizers are on their way."

Registration levels for Gay Games VI indicate the public is ready to travel to Australia. Almost 2,000 people have already registered for the event, which is still more than a year ahead. Numerous meetings are being arranged with government and business officials during the Federation's visit, which ends with an open community meeting on
Saturday, 28 July. The Federation remains upbeat. "Sydney's gay and lesbian community has a long history of putting on successful events," Emerson said. "That alone inspires confidence."

Gay Games VI is scheduled from 2-9 November, 2002. For more information on the Federation of Gay Games, go to www.gaygames.com. For information about Gay Games VI, go to www.sydney2002.org.au.

The Federation of Gay Games is the international governing body that perpetuates the quadrennial Gay Games and promotes the event's founding principles of inclusion, participation and personal best. The Federation solicits potential Gay Games host organizations, carefully evaluates their proposals, chooses a winning city, and enters into a contract intended to specify host organization performance standards. Through its committees, website and newsletters, the Federation serves as an athletic and cultural
resource for thousands of people each year. The Federation also provides assistance to the media about issues affecting gay and lesbian athletes and artists. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982 with 1,350 participants. Subsequent Gay Games were held in San Francisco (1986; 3,500 participants), Vancouver (1990; 7,000 participants), New York (1994; 11,000 participants), and Amsterdam (1998; 14,000 participants). About 14,000 participants are expected to travel to Sydney in 2002 for Gay Games VI.
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 Friday, July 20, 2001 

WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW CLOSER FOR AUSSIES

The countdown has well and truly commenced for the Telstra Australian Athletics Team set to compete in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, Canada from 3-12 August. A team of 35 athletes will represent Australia in this eighth edition of the world's premiere athletics meet which is now held every two years after first being held in 1983.

The IAAF World Championships is only behind the Olympic Games and World Cup Soccer in size and country representation, with more than 1800 athletes from over 200 countries competing in 2001. Australia's best athletes will compete against the finest runners, walkers, jumpers and throwers in the world. Some of the international names taking part include 100 metres world record holder Maurice Greene (US), triple Olympic gold medallist Marion Jones (US), one of the greatest all-time sprinters in Michael Johnson (US), middle distance running legends Gabriela Szabo (ROM) and Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) and pole vault star Stacy Dragila (US).

Edmonton is expected to attract about half a million spectators with more than four billion television viewers all over the world set to watch the action over the ten days.

The Telstra Australian Athletics Team will bear a new name from 2 August when a winner from a national competition is announced. Australia will also wear a new performance kit designed by New Balance with input from Australia's athletes and some of the world's leading designers. On the competition front, Australia possesses a number of athletes with genuine medal aspirations including:
Adelaide's Viktor Chistiakov and Perth's Dmitri Markov in the men's pole vault;
Geelong-bred Nathan Deakes in the 20km and 50km walks;
Campbelltown's Bronwyn Eagles in the women's hammer throw;
Canberra-based Neil Fuller in the amputee 200m;
Adelaide's Tatiana Grigorieva (wife of Chistiakov) in the women's pole vault;
Sydney's Andrew Murphy in the triple jump;
Paralympic legend Louise Sauvage in the wheelchair 800m;
Ballina's Kerry Saxby-Junna and AIS star Jane Saville in the 20km walk; and,
Sydney's Amy Winters in the amputee 100m.

Geelong's Georgie Clarke will become the youngest Australian representative to contest a World Championships when she takes to the track in the 1500m at 17 years and one month. Another Geelong-resident and Brice Scriven-trained athlete Craig Mottram will be the youngest male in the Australian Team at 21 years one month. Mottram will race in the 5000m.

On the opposite end of the scale, Kerry Saxby-Junna will become the oldest Australian female to compete at the World Championships when she hits the road in the 20km walk at 40 years two months.

At the most recent World Championships in Seville, Spain in 1999, Australia placed an all-time best seventh in 1999 and will be aiming to build on this in 2001.

Australian audiences will be able to follow the action through the Athletics Australia website and coverage on SBS Television and Fox Sports. The Australian Team profiles are listed at http://www.athletics.org.au/news/index.htm
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 Thursday, July 19, 2001 

PREMIER LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL ATHLETICS FINAL IN MELBOURNE

Melbourne will witness international athletics at its most entertaining on Sunday 9 September with the 17th International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) Grand Prix Final being held at Olympic Park.

The Premier of Victoria Steve Bracks MP today launched the IAAF Grand Prix Final at a media announcement overlooking Australia's sporting capital. He was joined by three of Australia's and Melbourne's athletics legends including John Landy, A.C., M.B.E., Governor of Victoria, Ron Clarke and Herb Elliott.

Sunday 9 September will be the first time since the 1956 Olympic Games that Melbourne has hosted an athletics event attracting the world's best athletes. It is also the first time the IAAF Grand Prix Final has been held in the southern hemisphere in its 17-year history. Athletics Australia Chief Executive Simon Allatson, who joined Mr Bracks in
launching the event today, acknowledged the work of Victorian Major Events in bringing the international athletics spotlight back to Victoria following the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sydney and 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane.

"Securing the IAAF Grand Prix Final has provided a great opportunity for the state of Victoria and city of Melbourne to witness the best athletes in the world compete for international glory, and we are grateful for the support of the State Government in attracting this event," Mr Allatson said. He said the excitement that fast-paced athletics brings, the world-class fields and the receptiveness of the Victorian public to quality sport should ensure a sell-out of Olympic Park (18,500 capacity).

The IAAF Grand Prix Final is the final event of an international series of outdoor athletics meetings (IAAF Grand Prix Series) which commenced in Melbourne on 1 March and encompasses 30 meets across Oceania, South America, North America, United States, Asia, Europe and Africa. More than AUS $ 7 million will be awarded throughout the Series with much of this prizemoney dependent on performances at the Final in Melbourne.

Athletes must qualify for the Final in Melbourne by accruing points at the other 29 Grand Prix meets. While it is expected that a majority of the world's best athletes will compete in the Final, names cannot be confirmed until qualification for the Final is near certain. Mr Allatson said his organisation and a committee of volunteers have been
working with the IAAF and Government of Victoria all year to make sure Melbourne puts on an "athletics spectacular". "It will be a huge sporting weekend for Melbourne with one of the major international athletics events for the year being held alongside the commencement of the AFL final series," he said.

The IAAF Grand Prix Final will commence before 12 noon and run over an action-packed three hour program on Sunday 9 September at Olympic Park in Melbourne.
Tickets are on sale through Ticketek on telephone 13 28 49 (Victoria residents), 1800 062 849 (Interstate) or at their website http://www.ticketek.com

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 Tuesday, July 17, 2001 

SYDNEY FACES LOSS OF GAY GAMES


The international ruling body of the 2002 Gay Games, the biggest event to be staged in Sydney between the Olympics and the rugby World Cup, has raised the embarrassing spectre of transferring the event to another city. (Read More Here)
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 Monday, July 16, 2001 

SEVEN MEDAL HAUL FOR AUSTRALIA IN WORLD YOUTH ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Australia began the fourth and final day of the Westel IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary in sixth place on the medal table with four medals (a gold, two silvers and a bronze).

But sterling performances by the young Australians lifted the tally by a further three, to produce Australia's second best result ever at a World Junior (Under 20) or Youth (Under 18) Championships, bettered only by the junior team in 1996 when Australia hosted their Championships in Sydney.

Early in the final session, yesterday afternoon, Shermin Oksuz became Perth's second gold medallist of the Championships, winning the girls long jump in dominant fashion. After a shaky start with a foul in round one, and a safe 5.76m in round two to make sure she remained in the competition for the final rounds, she put the gold beyond the reach of her opponents with a perfectly judged 6.41m leap in the third round.

A little over an hour later, Georgie Clarke became the first athlete to win titles at consecutive World Youth Championships, when she streeted the opposition, including the Ethiopian pair who had impressed in the heats, to win the 1500 metres, adding to the gold she won in the 800 metres in Bydgozsz, Poland two years ago. Clarke won by nearly two seconds, in a time of 4.14.08, Australia's third gold. At the very moment she was powering down the main straight, Wollongong teenager, Petrina Price was securing Australia's third silver medal of the Championships in the high jump, the same medal earned by team mate James Watson in the boys event. Price's best on the day of 1.81m, was bettered only by event favourite, British senior representative Aileen Wilson who cleared a personal best of 1.87m.

In other events on the final day, Lisa Corrigan was a creditable 6th in the girls 800m with a time of 2.08.77 and Josh Robinson a surprise 5th in the boys javelin with 66.64m, just short of the PB he recorded in Saturday's qualifying round.

The seven medal tally placed Australia fourth on the Medal Table, behind only the United States, Kenya and Russia, a huge improvement on our 11th placing two years ago, when three medals in total were won- by Clarke, Jana Pittman and discus thrower Deborah Lovely. In a Championships well organised by the Hungarian Hosts, held in generally hot, but favourable conditions for athletics, the Australian Medallists Roll of Honour was:

GOLD
Kimberley Mickle - Girls Javelin
Shermin Oksuz - Girls Long Jump
Georgie Clarke - Girls 1500 metres

SILVER
Kimberley Crow - Girls 400 metres Hurdles
James Watson - Boys High Jump
Petrina Price - Girls High Jump

BRONZE
Jason Dudley - Boys Octathlon

Full results are available at http://www.iaaf.org/WYC01/index.htm

SBS TV will be airing a one hour special on the World Youth Championships from Debrecen on Sunday 29 July at 10.30am.
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 Thursday, July 12, 2001 

ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA ADVISES POSITIVE DOPING TEST

Athletics Australia (AA) wishes to advise that marathon runner Silvana Trampuz has tested positive for the drug nandrolone and has been suspended pending the outcome of a hearing. Trampuz provided the positive sample following the Paris Marathon on 8 April
this year where she placed eighth in 2 hours 35 minutes 1 second.

AA received confirmation yesterday from the International Amateur Athletic Federation that Trampuz's B sample confirmed the result of the first test. The B sample was tested on 27 June. Trampuz has now been suspended pending the outcome of a hearing with an AA Tribunal to be held in Australia on a date to be confirmed. AA has withdrawn Trampuz from the Australian Team to contest the 8th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, Canada from 3-12 August 2001.

Athletics Australia Chief Executive Simon Allatson said AA maintains a zero tolerance against doping in sport. "Australian track and field athletes are amongst the most stringently tested athletes in Australia and the world, and have one of the best records of any country. Athletics Australia does not and will not tolerate doping offenders
and takes a very strong stance against drug use in sport," he said. "We are bound by our own doping policy and that of the IAAF and as the substance nandrolone has been confirmed in Silvana's system, we are required to head towards a hearing."

Athletics Australia will not make any further comment on this doping case until all internal processes have been completed.

SILVANA TRAMPUZ
Age / Date of Birth: 34yrs 15 Sep 1966
Occupation: Athlete
Ht and Wt: 175 cm 57 kg
Marital Status: Married to coach
State: VIC
Coach / Previous De Franco Roberto
Club: CUS Universo (Assicurazioni) Bologna
Place of Birth / Residence: Melbourne / Gorizia ITA
International: Belgrade Marathon: '98 - 5th
Capri Marathon: '94 - 5th, '95 - 5th
Cesano Boscone Marathon (ITA): '97 - 2nd
Hamburg Marathon: '99 - 5th
London Marathon: '00 - 16th
New York Marathon: '00 - 14th
Paris Marathon: '01 - 8th
Rome Marathon: '96 - 9th, '97 - DNF
Trieste (ITA) Marathon: '01 - 2nd
World Championships: '99 - Marathon - 20th
Marathon Progression:
1994 2:45.52
1995 2:47.21
1997 2:39.40
1998 2:36.13
1999 2:33.50 (pb)
2000 2:36.33
2001 2:35.01

Media Comment: Silvana, was born in Melbourne, in 1966, but returned to Italy via South Africa with her family in 1972. She now lives in a small Italian town, called Gorizia, located in the North-East near the Italy and Slovenia border. Coached by her husband, Silvana ran her first marathon in 1994. In 1998 Silvana advised Athletics Australia that she was an Australian citizen and had qualified for the 1999 World Championships. Silvana was selected for Seville and finished the highest Australian in the race.
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 Wednesday, July 11, 2001 

AUSSIE YOUTH TEAM READY TO TAKE ON WORLD

IGA Australian Youth Team Media Guide available at
http://www.athletics.org.au/news/index.htm

A formidable IGA Australian Youth Team of 23 athletes is set to stamp its mark on the 2nd IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics to be held in Debrecen, Hungary from tomorrow, Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 July. The World Youth Championships is the premier international athletics event for athletes under the age of 18 and is held every two years.

The inaugural championships were held in Bydgoscz, Poland in 1999 when Australia collected three medals, with gold to Jana Pittman (2000 Olympian) in the 400m hurdles and Georgie Clarke (2000 Olympian) in the 800m, and bronze to Deborah Lovely in the discus throw.

The 2001 IGA Australian Youth Team will be aiming to better the performance of the team in 1999 which placed 11th behind Russia. Following a number of outstanding performances already this year at the Telstra Australian Youth Championships in Bendigo and Telstra Australian Track & Field Championships in Brisbane, the IGA Australian Youth Team is also on target to better its 1999 medal tally of two gold and one bronze.

This year Australia will be represented by 23 athletes from 15 to 17 years of age with the youngest team members being 15-year-old's Kimberley Crow (Vic - 400m hurdles) and Joshua Robinson (Qld - javelin).

Three athletes will have the experience of competing at the inaugural championships in 1999 and go into the 2001 competition as strong medal chances. Georgie Clarke (Vic), who won 800m gold in 1999, will compete in the 1500m, Tim Driesen (Vic), is once again selected in the discus and hammer throw and Shermin Oksuz (WA) is a strong chance in the long jump.

The 2001 IGA Australian Youth Team is:

WOMEN:
Georgie Clarke (Geelong, Vic) 800m or 1500m
Lisa Corrigan (Canowindra, NSW) 800m or 1500m
Kimberley Crow (Lower Templestowe, Melbourne, Vic) 400m Hurdles
Petrina Price (Bulli, NSW) High Jump
Wendy Young (Adelaide, SA) Pole Vault
Shermin Oksuz (Perth, WA) Long Jump
Belinda Johnson (Lindfield, Sydney, NSW) Shot Put
Samantha Fraser (Rosewood, QLD) Discus Throw
Kimberley Mickle (Perth, WA) Javelin Throw
Laura Johnson (Penrith, NSW) Walk

MEN:
Kris Neofytou (Sydney, NSW) 100m, 200m, relay
Brett Eaton (Joondalup, WA) 100, 200m, relay
Mitchell Kealey (Brisbane, QLD) 800m or 1500m
Andrew Krumins (Melbourne, Vic) 800m, relay
Mohamad Zeed (Chadstone, Melbourne, Vic) 110m Hurdles
Warwick Cregan (Perth, WA) 110m Hurdles, relay
James Watson (Sydney, NSW) High Jump
John Thornell (Sydney, NSW) Long Jump, relay
Paul Peulich (McKinnon, Vic) Shot Put, Hammer Throw
Tim Driesen (Bendigo, Vic) Discus Throw, Hammer Throw
Joshua Robinson (Brisbane, QLD) Javelin Throw
Jarred Tallent (Newlyn, Vic) Walk
Jason Dudley (Caboolture, Brisbane QLD) Octathlon

Based on the World Under-18 Rankings (@ 30 June), the IGA Australian Youth
Team is set to be a strong force in Debrecen.

Georgie Clarke (Vic - 1500m), Petrina Price (NSW - high jump) and Shermin Oksuz (WA - long jump) were ranked number one in the world. Clarke (Vic - 800m) was ranked second and James Watson (NSW - high jump) and Tim Driesen (Vic - discus throw) were ranked third to bolster Australia's chances. Other athletes in the top eight in the world included Kris Neofytou (NSW) 100m - fifth, 200m - seventh; Mitchell Keally (QLD) 1500m - seventh; John Thornell (NSW) long jump - fifth; Lisa Corrigan (NSW) 800m - fourth; Kimberley Crow (Vic) 400m hurdles - fifth; Wendy Young (SA) pole vault - sixth; and Kimberley Mickle (WA) javelin throw - fifth.
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 Tuesday, July 10, 2001 

Australian runner returns positive drugs test

Australian marathon runner Silvana Trampuz has been suspended after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug nandrolone. Trampuz provided the positive sample following the Paris Marathon on 8 April this year where she placed eighth in 2:35.1 minutes. She has been suspended pending the outcome of a hearing.

The International Amateur Athletic Federation [IAAF] told Athletics Australia on the weekend that Trampuz's B sample confirmed the result of the first test. The B sample was tested on June 27. Trampuz has now been suspended pending the outcome of a hearing with an AA tribunal. AA has withdrawn Trampuz from the Australian Team to contest the world athletics championships in Edmonton next month.

Athletics Australia chief executive Simon Allatson said AA maintains a zero tolerance against doping in sport. "Australian track and field athletes are amongst the most stringently tested athletes in Australia and the world, and have one of the best records of any country," he said. "Athletics Australia does not and will not tolerate doping offenders and takes a very strong stance against drug use in sport," he said. "We are bound by our own doping policy and that of the IAAF and as the substance nandrolone has been confirmed in Silvana's system, we are required to head towards a hearing." A date is yet to be set for the hearing.
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SYDNEY MARATHON UPDATE


A 10km has been added, now only NSW champs, not National - more info on the Sydney Marathon page
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CITIES MARATHON

Change of start location, entry form posted - see NSW Calendar for 29th July
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 Friday, July 06, 2001 

AUSTRALIAN TEAM FOR WORLD MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS ANNOUNCED

Athletics Australia is pleased to advise the selection of seven athletes to compete in the World Mountain Running Championships to be held in Arte Terme, Italy on 15-16 September 2001.

The Australian Team includes:

Men
Paul Crake (ACT)
Ross Hudson (NSW)
Don Wallace (QLD)
Daniel Green (NSW)

Women
Glenda Banaghan (QLD)
Helen Tolhurst (QLD)
Louise Fairfax (TAS)

Crake was victorious in the Australian Mountain Running Championships in Brisbane in May ahead of Hudson and Wallace. Green was the 2000 national champion and second Australian across the line at the 2000 World Championships. Banaghan was second at this year's national titles with Tolhurst not far behind in third, and Fairfax in fourth.
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 Thursday, July 05, 2001 

ABC LOSES RON CLARKE DEFAMATION CASE

The ABC is considering an appeal after a Supreme Court jury in Melbourne awarded former Olympian Ron Clarke and a development company more than $1 million in damages arising from a defamation action. The combined payout is the biggest defamation award in Victorian history.

Mr Clarke and the Runaway Bay company, sued the ABC and a marine scientist, Doctor Bob Morris, following a 7.30 Report program in September 1999. Mr Clarke and the company were developing a sports centre on the Runaway Bay site on the Gold Coast, when the ABC declared it was a former toxic waste dump. He argued the ABC ignored test results showing that was not true and presented an alarmist and unbalanced report, the jury agreed.They awarded him more than $710,000 and the company $386,000. Dr Morris was held liable for a third of the bill. Outside the court, Mr Clarke said all he ever wanted was an apology, which the ABC refused to give. He said he would probably give the money to charity.


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 Wednesday, July 04, 2001 

IAAF GRAND PRIX FINAL, MELBOURNE

Sunday 9 September 2001
www.gpfinal.athletics.org.au

With the early season performances of Dragila, El Guerrouj, Jackson, Gatsioudis and Graf in Rome, the field for the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Melbourne is set to be one of the best seen in Victoria's capital since the 1956 Olympic Games.

Here is an update of Australian athletes in the Points Standings:

Tatiana Grigorieva (SA) Overall - 2nd , Pole Vault - 2nd - 31.5 points
Bronwyn Eagles (NSW) Overall - 5th , Hammer Throw - 2nd - 29 points
Karyne Perkins (NSW) Hammer Throw - 5th - 16 points
Peter Burge (NSW) Long Jump - 13th - 5 points
Brooke Krueger (SA) Hammer Throw - 14th - 5 points
Benita Willis (QLD) 3000m - 15th - 5 points
Jai Taurima (QLD) Long Jump - 16th - 4 points
Gabrielle Neighbour (VIC) Hammer Throw - 17th - 4 points
Tamsyn Lewis (VIC) 800m - 18th - 5 points
Michael Power (VIC) 5000m - 19th - 6 points
Kym Howe (WA) Pole Vault - 20th - 3 points
Nova Peris (NT) 200m - 25th - 2 points
Rachael Dacy (VIC) Pole Vault - 24th - 2 points
Kyle Vander Kuyp (VIC) 110m Hurdles - 33rd - 1 point

As athletes compete throughout the IAAF Grand Prix Series in July and August, they will have the ultimate prize, victory at the IAAF Grand Prix Final, in the back of their mind. To qualify for the Final, an athlete will be credited with their highest points from a maximum of eight Grand Prix meets, in addition to bonus points they accrue for setting a world record. The athlete must have a minimum of four scoring results to qualify for the Final. The top eight athletes in the sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws and the top 10 for the middle distance events which are Grand Prix events will be invited to compete in Melbourne on 9 September

SBS (Special Broadcasting Service)/TWI (Trans World International) has been appointed as the Host Broadcaster for the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Melbourne on 9 September with its objective to provide an outstanding coverage of the event and to support and service all rights holding broadcasters.

COMING UP ON THE GRAND PRIX CALENDAR:
Wednesday 4 July IAAF Grand Prix II Lausanne, Swizterland
Friday 6 July IAAF Golden League Paris, France
Monday 9 July IAAF Grand Prix Nice, France
Friday 13 July IAAF Golden League Oslo, Norway

SBS will telecast each IAAF Golden League meet in Australia from 10.30am to 12.30pm on the Sunday following the meet on the Friday night.

TICKET PRICES
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Eastern Terrace
Family $102.80
Adults $37.05
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All ticket prices include GST, Ticketek Booking Fee and Service Charge.
Concession - Pension Card Holder; Children - Under 16 years; Family - Two adults and two children.
Corporate packages are available with a variety of options per person or for groups of 10 guests. Contact Mandy Passmore on 03 9813 8533 for full package details. Prices are (includes GST):

Package 1 - Event (per person) $185.00
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Package 3 - Brunch, Event and Gala Dinner (ten tickets) $3850.00

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 Tuesday, July 03, 2001 

WA ATHLETICS TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL SUPPORT

AthleticA, Western Australia's peak athletics body, today became the first Member Association (MA) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Athletics Australia (AA) which will secure the sport's future in the west.

All AA's Member Associations have committed to forming MOUs with the national governing body outlining the support structure from AA, national strategy and programs, and the programs to be driven by MAs at state level. AA will invest more than $62,900 for 2001/02 in administration and grass roots development support for AthleticA, out of more than $500,000 to be directed to MAs in this financial year.

This increased level of financial support has been made possible through an increased level of corporate support including AA's new sponsorships with Telstra and New Balance and the ongoing commitment of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). AA's partners, Telstra, New Balance, Ansett, TNT and the ASC are all committed to supporting the sport from the national to the local level.

Part of AA's and MAs commitment is to embrace and support 10 key national programs:
1.. Marketing
2.. Electronic and Print Media
3.. Development
4.. Schools and Junior Athletics
5.. High Performance
6.. National Database and Information Technology
7.. Membership Servicing
8.. Equipment Purchase
9.. Competition and Event Scheduling
10.. Volunteer Base

AthleticA General Manager Wayne Loxley said the MOU outlines a new level of financial support that will facilitate the increased development of the sport's programs at state level. "We are entering a period of strong growth that will benefit the sport's constituents across all levels. This is most noticeable with the appointment of two Development Officers in WA that is set to enhance the transition of athletes from Little Athletics to senior athletics."

Athletics Australia Chief Executive Simon Allatson said AA has invested a record level of financial support to progress the sport at a state and local level. "We have worked hard over the past two years to attract greater corporate support, establish a new Constitution and overall national strategy for the sport. Now the strategic and financial structure is in place, Member Associations will be able to progress their programs with an unprecedented level of support from their national body."

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SBS TO SHOW IAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE ON TV

SBS Television will telecast the IAAF Golden League meet in Paris on Sunday 8 July 2001 from 10.30am (AEST).
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 Monday, July 02, 2001 

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH TEAM AND MARATHON RUNNERS PREPARE IN AUSTRALIA



World Championships marathon selection Nick Harrison (Vic) took out the 2001 Men's Albert Park Road Race yesterday over 15km while in-form Susie Power (Vic) won the women's race on a fine but cool Melbourne morning. Harrison clocked 44 minutes 31.7 seconds to edge out Darren Wilson by five seconds with fellow 2001 World Championships marathon selection Rod de Highden (Vic) in third place only another three seconds back.

In the women's 15km race Power showed she is the form distance runner in Victoria at the minute with a domineering win in 49:28.6 over World Championships marathon runner Susie Michelsson who still ran strongly to finish in 51:01.3.

Members from Australia's Team for the World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary took to the track on Friday night at the University of Queensland and yesterday at the Gold Coast International Athletics Track. In a sensational time trial in the 3000m steeplechase, Gold Coast teenager Melissa Rollison clocked 9:47.30 to show she is continuing to develop as a world force in this recently-introduced event for women. The world record currently stands at 9:40.20.

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WILLIS BREAKS 17-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN BEST TIME



Twenty-two year old AIS distance runner Benita Willis has continued her rise on the world athletics scene in 2001 with a 3000m performance in Rome on Friday night that eclipsed an Australian best that has stood for 17 years. Willis, a Sydney Olympic representative over 5000m, clocked a fast 8 minutes 42.95 seconds for 11th place in one of the best distance running fields assembled this year. Her time was the fastest ever by an Australian in an outdoor athletics meet. The previous best of 8:44.1 was set by South Australia's Donna Gould in 1984.

Earlier this year at the World Indoor Championships, Willis placed sixth in the 3000m in the current National Record time of 8:42.75 (indoors). The IAAF Golden League meet in Rome was Willis' first competition in Europe in the lead up to the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada from 3-12 August where she will run the 5000m.

In other results by Australian athletes in a rain-soaked meet in Rome, Matt Shirvington (NSWIS) maintained a topsy-turvy European campaign with a seventh place in the 100m 'B' race in 10.44 seconds. This was after an improved second place in Luzern, Switzerland last week in 10.22s. Promising Geelong distance runner Craig Mottram (VIS) benefited from the experience of having a World Championships-quality field in the men's 5000m field although out-matched with a 22nd placing in 13:31.73 (29 starters). This was his second 5000m race in a week after producing a win in 13:23.98 in the UK last weekend.

Paul Di Bella (QAS) took advantage of the favourable winds in the 100m to place third in the final in 10.34s (+2.5 metres/second) after clocking 10.21s (+3.7) in his heat. daniel Batman (NSWIS) won the 400m in 46.95s, Queensland hurdler Blair Young finished fifth in the 400m hurdles in 50.99s and Nova Peris (NTIS) also placed fifth in the 400m in 53.67s. In the CEDAR TOWN 5K race in the US, Australian athletes Louise Sauvage (open women) and Greg Smith (open quad) were victorious while rising wheelchair star Kurt Fearnley was the highest placed Australian in the open men. Sauvage (NSW) clocked 12 minutes 59 seconds to hold off fellow Aussie Christie Skelton (NSW) who clocked 13:26. Smith (Vic) was victoious in 14:19, while Fearnley (NSW) clocked 10:59 for his fifth placing.
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MONEGHETTI APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF VIS BOARD

From May 21, 2001

Four-time Olympic marathon runner Steve Moneghetti may have farewelled his international competition days, but his contribution to Australia's elite athletic fraternity is only just hotting up. Yesterday Moneghetti was appointed chairman of the Victorian Institute of Sport's Board of Directors. He takes over from Graham Duff who, as foundation chairman, made an enormous contribution to the VIS, helping oversee its transformation from a fledgling organisation to the reputation it enjoys today. Moneghetti said his
appointment as chairman of the board reflected on the VIS as an organisation which nurtured its athletes.

He said he was part of an initial intake of athletes on scholarship to the VIS when it opened in 1990 and now he had turned full circle to become a member of the board. "It is a really nice position to have attained and is certainly a good reflection on the VIS," he said. "After Sydney last year there was a sense that some members of the board had been there long enough and they left of their own accord. "That makes it a bit refreshing and challenging but it will be difficult to continue their good work."

Moneghetti said the board's main focus would be the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He said a short term goal would be to prepare an excellent Victorian team of competitors. "Obviously it will be difficult working from Ballarat but I will be in close contact with the board and CEO Frank Pike and taking direction from them. "It will be a case of getting up to speed for the next 12 months."

Sport and Recreation Minister Justin Madden said Moneghetti would bring an understanding of elite sport and athletes and a network of national and international contacts to his new role. Mr Madden said Moneghetti would help the VIS maintain its reputation as a place where talented Victorian athletes could achieve their best in sport and life. "Steve is one of Australia's finest, most popular and high profile athletes," he said.

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 Sunday, July 01, 2001 

ALBERT PARK ROAD RACE


These results are prepared and released by Athletics Victoria.
Held at Albert Park, Sunday, July 1st, 2001.
For full results please visit the Athletics Victoria Web Site at www.athsvic.org.au

Mens Open 15km
1 Nicholas HARRISON GHY 44:31.7
2 Darren WILSON OSC 44:36.8
3 Roderic G DE HIGHDEN DON 44:40.0

Mens Under 20 5km
1 Mark FOUNTAIN DKN 14:43.3
2 Richard W JEREMIAH DKN 14:48.1
3 Jaren QUICK BYC 15:56.7

Mens Under 18 5km
1 Collis BIRMINGHAM EKA 15:38.7
2 Benjamin J TOOMEY KNA 16:02.6
3 Matthew WARRINGTON PRR 16:05.5

Mens Under 16 5km
1 Tyson J MAHON DKN 15:45.4
2 Sam ELLIS EKA 15:55.0
3 Dean LOCKE PRR 16:51.1

Mens Under 14 5km
1 Ashley WATSON WEN 17:26.9
2 Liam F DONNELLY PRR 18:40.9
3 Darcy MILLER KSB 19:44.2

Womens Open 15km
1 Susie POWER GHY 49:28.6
2 Susan MICHELSSON COL 51:01.3
3 Serena Jane GIBBS PRR 53:28.2

Womens Under 20 5km
1 Victoria L MITCHELL EKA 17:06.8
2 Jessica A DE BRUIN BOH 18:10.4
3 Melissa D JONES TRH 18:39.5

Womens Under 18 5km
1 Skye J KIRBY GHY 18:27.3
2 Clare L MCKECHNIE BER 18:56.9
3 Gayle LOCKE PRR 19:23.1

Womens Under 16 5km
1 Fiona NASH DON 17:57.8
2 Taryn RAU GLG 18:56.3
3 Nicole MENHENNET WEN 18:58.3

Womens Under 14 5km
1 Hayley TOMLINSON BOH 17:30.1
2 Katherine KATSANEVAKI DON 19:39.8
3 Sarah GRAHAME KNA 19:52.5

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FREEMAN THINKING OF RACING AGAIN


From Sunday 24 June 2001, based on London Telegraph report

Cathy Freeman said yesterday she was desperate to return to the track, declaring: "The very thought of racing again causes my heart to sing." While doubts had been raised about whether Freeman would ever return to competitive running, the 400 metres gold medallist vowed to return to serious training in four months so she can "fly" at next year's Commonwealth Games. "I have to admit that I do miss the rush of intense training and racing that left me feeling high and indestructible," Freeman said in a column for London's Daily Telegraph. "But November will roll around ... and I'll be back in training full time with the goal of racing at next year's Commonwealth Games. "Just as time will, I intend to fly next year as well!"

Freeman is spending time in Oregon, where she is learning Italian and doing volunteer work with the city's homeless. "Life is calm, comfortable and a little strange now without the daily structure of training, preparation and a focus on my normal athletic goals," Freeman said.

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FREEMAN BACKS BEIJING FOR 2008


From Wednesday 27 June 2001
[full article at http://theage.com.au/sport/2001/06/27/FFXXOEWAFOC.html]

Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman has come out in support of Beijing to host the 2008 Olympic Games, downplaying the issue of human rights and comparing it with her Aboriginal heritage. Freeman, 28, said she wanted China to win the Games because her great-great-grandfather was Chinese but also because it would expose the country to greater scrutiny. "Of course human rights is an issue. It's a global issue," she said in an interview organised by the Beijing bid officials. "I can only draw parallels between China and Australia. You look at our human rights. Our record in the treatment of my ancestors, the Aboriginal people, is horrendous. "But that was yesterday. While we acknowledge our history, we still have to move towards the future." ..... see full article for more
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SHIRVINGTON FINISHES 7TH IN ROME


Matt Shirvington has finished down the track in the 100 metres at the Golden League athletics meeting in Rome. He finished seventh in the B race, clocking a time of 10.44 seconds. Jamaican Jarrett Patrick won in 10.15.

America's dynamic duo of Marion Jones and Maurice Greene plus Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj all lived up to expectations at the meet. No world records were broken at the event, which opened this year's seven-meet Golden League, but it confirmed the supremacy of the sport's biggest names ahead of August's world championships in Edmonton, Canada. The meeting started under a heavy downpour, but Jones, who won the women's 100 metres in a season's best of 10.96 seconds ahead of Bahamas' Chandra Sturrup, refused to make excuses. "Everybody from lanes one to nine had to run, not just me in lane four, so the wet track affected everybody," said the 25-year-old triple Olympic champion.

World 100 metres record holder and Olympic champion Greene appeared for his event with his left knee strapped and limped off the track after winning the race, but he says the injury has not been a problem. Greene won in 10.01 seconds, 0.1 of a second ahead of fellow countryman Tim Montgomery, and then says he still has to improve his start. "I am working on my start. My style has improved a little bit but I have a long way to go in order to reach the level I want", said Greene, who won last year in Rome in 9.97 seconds.

Moroccan El Guerrouj won the men's mile in the year's fastest time of 3:44.95 minutes. El Guerrouj, who set the world record of 3:43.13 in Rome two years ago, had hoped to run faster but said the weather did not help. "I was hoping to do better but unfortunately the track was very wet and very damp. These are not the best weather conditions to run in", he said.

American pole vaulter Stacy Dragila failed in her bid to better her own world record of 4.81 metres. The Olympic champion comfortably won the event, clearing 4.72 metres on her first attempt, but then failed in all three efforts at 4.82 metres.

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AUSTRALIAN RANKINGS FROM 1 JAN - 30 MAY 2001


are at http://www.athletics.org.au/stats/1999-00/rank01_Apr.htm
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RESULTS OF ATHS VICTORIA 10KM ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS


Held at Flemington Race Course, May 19th, 2001.
First 5 placings in each event. Full results are available on the AV Web
Site at www.athsvic.org.au

Mens Open 10km
1. Craig MOTTRAM 28:51.0
2. Michael POWER GHY 28:55.0
3. Richard COLMAN 29:32.0
4. Mark A THOMPSON GHY 29:48.0
5. Nicholas HARRISON GHY 29:49.0

Mens Under 20 10km
1. Richard W JEREMIAH DKN 31:49.0
2. Clinton M PERRETT SAN 32:22.0
3. Trent W WALLACE PRR 32:27.0
4. Dale M LOCKE PRR 34:02.0
5. Dominic SZCZEPANIAK DON 34:17.0

Mens Under 18 10km
1. Carl R FERRY PRR 33:33.0
2. Craig APPLEBY RWD 33:33.0
3. Andrew G WHITE BOH 33:58.0
4. Matthew WARRINGTON PRR 34:29.0
5. Jeremy FINK ATE 34:41.0

Mens Under 16 3km
1. Tyson J MAHON DKN 9:13.0
2. Sam ELLIS EKA 9:29.0
3. Dean LOCKE PRR 9:32.0
4. Dane S VERWEY PRR 9:59.0
5. Christopher BALLINGA GHY 10:05.0

Mens Under 14 3km
1. Ashley WATSON WEN 10:06.0
2. Samuel GIBB BYC 10:45.0
3. Tim JOHNSON GHY 11:23.0
4. Tim MITCHELL EKA 11:29.0
5. Darcy MILLER KSB 11:29.0

Womens Open 10km
1. Susie POWER GHY 32:37.0
2. Susan MICHELSSON COL 34:19.0
3. Serena Jane GIBBS PRR 34:51.0
4. Hayley L. MCGREGOR KNA 35:03.0
5. Nicole CHAPPLE BOH 36:05.0

Womens Under 20 10km
1. Victoria L MITCHELL EKA 35:10.0
2. Joanna WALL DKN 36:07.0
3. Jessica A DE BRUIN BOH 37:26.0
4. Melissa D JONES TRH 39:32.0
5. Jessica SLOANE SSH 41:51.0

Women Under 18 10 km
1. Jocelyn KEAGE BOH 36:23.0
2. Clare L MCKECHNIE SBE 40:43.0
3. Lisa J BIFFIN KSB 41:13.0
4. Michelle A DE LA HAY SBE 41:25.0
5. Phoebe G DARBYSHIRE GLG 42:38.0

Women Under 16 3km
1. Fiona NASH DON 10:16.0
2. Jayne A REYNOLDS KNA 10:29.0
3. Taryn RAU GLG 10:41.0
4. Juliet Clare THORNTO BOH 10:49.0
5. Nicole MENHENNET WEN 11:00.0

Womens Under 14 3km
1. Katherine KATSANEVAK DON 11:13.0
2. Sarah HALL SSH 11:24.0
3. Louise C BOYLE SBE 11:27.0
4. Kelsey RAU GLG 11:31.0
5. Peta MULLENS TRH 11:33.0
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ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA APPOINTS NATIONAL SELECTORS


From Monday 21 May 2001

An Olympic gold medallist, former Australian Olympic representatives, current coaches and a sport's media identity comprise Athletics Australia's new contingent of National Team Selectors announced today.

With an objective to utilise the wide experience and knowledge within the sport, Athletics Australia has appointed Glynis Nunn-Cearns, Pam Turney, David Culbert, Mike Hillardt, Simon Baker, John Andrews and Head Coach Keith Connor as its National Team Selectors.

It will be their responsibility to nominate all Australian Teams in
athletics over the next four years. The selectors will work with Athletics
Australia's High Performance unit to nominate teams within AA's general
selection policy and team criteria and assist with the development of
selection policies.

Athletics Australia Chief Executive Simon Allatson said all appointed
selectors have experience with high performance sporting teams and a
demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the technical and performance
aspects of athletics.

"The selection of future Australian Teams is certainly in good hands. There
is vast experience amongst the group as former competitors, Australian team
representatives, current coaches and administrators.

"We believe we have appointed strong, all-round National Team Selectors who
all possess a deep knowledge of international athletics, are strong decision
makers and are committed to Athletics Australia's high performance program
and mission," Mr Allatson said.

The National Team Selectors will break into two committees to nominate teams
for i) track and field and ii) road walking, road running, road relays and
cross country.

The Athletics Australia Selection Committees include:

Keith Connor

As Head Coach of Athletics Australia, Keith will sit on both AA Selection
Committees as the Chairperson.

Track & Field

Glynis Nunn-Cearns

One of the legends of Australian athletics, Glynis shone in the competition
arena in 1982 winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the heptathlon and
then beating the world's best to win Olympic gold in that event in 1984.

Glynis represented Australia nine times between 1977 and 1990 and has
maintained her involvement in the sport as a Level 2 Coach in
Sprints/Hurdles/Relays, member of Athletics International and Manager of the
Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre.

Pam Turney

Pam has been a national selector for both track and field and cross country,
road running, relays and cross country for the past five years.

Pam is a life member of the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association,
was National Junior Coach for Cross Country between 1990-96 and is currently
a coach of a number of athletes from fun runners to Olympians including
Claire Fearnley.

David Culbert

A former 1988 and 1992 Olympian and 1991 World Championships finalist in the
long jump, David Culbert has maintained his strong involvement in athletics
through his work in the media and vice-presidency at one of the strongest
athletics clubs in Australia.

Through his media consultancy work, David has worked directly with a number
of successful teams including the Australian Women's Hockey Team, 1996
Australian Olympic Team (as Media Liaison Officer) plus has widely acclaimed
experience as an athletics commentator. He also is a Member of the IAAF
Press Commission and last year won an Australian Sports Medal for his
service to athletics.

Mike Hillardt

Mike is a 12-time Australian Team representative (1981-88) including a
career highlight of winning a gold medal in the 1500m at the 1985 World
Indoor Championships. He has held numerous Australian records and titles in
middle distance events.

He maintained involvement in athletics after retiring from competition in
the area of coaching at club level. Mike has a strong background in motor
sport but his main passion lies in athletics.

Road Walking, Road Running, Relays and Cross Country

Pam Turney

(Also sitting on Track & Field Selection Committee)

Simon Baker

Simon was one of Australia's longest serving Australian representatives in
the walking events. After making his first senior Australian Team in 1983,
Simon went on to compete at four Olympic Games, four World Championships and
three Commonwealth Games including a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth
Games and 1989 World Race Walking Cup.

His service to athletics also includes membership on the IAAF and Athletics
Australia Athlete's Commissions, membership on the AA Board from 1993-95,
Australian team management and high performance coaching responsibilities.

John Andrews

John represented Australia on seven national teams between 1981 and 1995 in
distance running events ranging from the 5000m to the marathon and cross
country. His best placing was a seventh over 5000m at the 1982 Commonwealth
Games and seventh at the 1993 World Half Marathon Championships.

His love and longevity in athletics is combined with employment as a Town
Planner in Lake Mumorah in New South Wales with qualifications in
Environmental Planning Law.

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JANA PITTMAN TO MISS WORLD CHAMPS


Wednesday 13 June 2001

World junior 400m and 400m hurdles champion Jana Pittman today withdrew from the Australian Team to contest the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, Canada from 3-12 August.

Eighteen-year-old Pittman elected to withdraw due to a foot injury she incurred last month. The injury, plantar fascitis, would not have healed quickly enough for her to enter the World Championships in peak form.

Pittman said although she is upset to miss the World Championships in 2001 she did not want to do further damage to her foot which could jeopardise her 2002 Commonwealth Games preparation. "This injury is bad timing for 2001. I am upset to miss the biggest athletics event in 2001 especially when I was training so well," she said

"I do not want to risk further damage by continuing towards the World Championships. On the positive side, I will be able to recover from this injury and build a great base for the 2002 Australian domestic season and Commonwealth Games."

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