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New CEO for Athletics NSWMr Greg Doyle has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Athletics NSW and will commence on February 11.
Doyle was the Chief Executive of Surf Life Saving - Central Coast since 2000 and has positioned the organisation as the leading surf life saving Branch in New South Wales. He was previously General Manager of Tennis Services at Tennis NSW for two years.
"Greg Doyle brings a wealth of leadership and experience to the role with a proven track record in his roles at the Surf Life Saving in the Central Coast and at Tennis NSW," said Chairman of Athletics NSW, Ralph Doubell. "I believe he will make a very substantial contribution to the overall performance of Athletics NSW and indeed the administration of athletics in this country."
The appointment coincides with the re-structure of Athletics Australia, which will see additional funds available for development and coaching. The appointment follows the retirement of John Patchett who was instrumental in transforming Athletics NSW to its current position of sound financial capacity and strong management. The challenges ahead for Athletics NSW will be to generate increased participation at all levels of the sport and to create new development and sponsorship opportunities.
Media Enquiries: Ralph Doubell, 9763 0220 or 0407 901 164.
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Australian Double-Victory in IAAF Cross Country in JapanBenita Willis and Craig Mottram scored a double victory for Australia in the women's and men's IAAF Chiba cross country races Saturday. The 22-year-old Willis, 12th at the world championships 5,000 meters last year, made a late break from Japanese pair Kayoko Fukushi and Miwako Yamanaka to win the women's 8-kilometer race in 25 minutes, 43 seconds.
Fukushi, fourth at the world junior championships 5,000 in 2000, fell down at the first obstacle on the first lap but held onto the leading pack to finish second in 25:47. Yamanaka, who fought a strong battle with Willis for most of the race, finished third in 25:58.
Inspired by Willis' victory, Mottram also made a spurt in the final kilometer to win the men's 12-kilometer race. The 21-year-old Australian, a semifinalist at the world championships 1,500, clocked 35:29, ahead of Japan's Tomohiro Seto in 35:34 and Yoji Yamaguchi in 35:36.
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Cathy Freeman Wants To Run The MarathonOlympic 400m champion Cathy Freeman has revealed an ambition to move up to middle distance running - and ultimately compete in a marathon. The Australian heroine of the Sydney Olympics plans to move up to the 800m after the Athens Games of 2004.
She said of the two-lap distance: "It has appealed to me for the last two years now. O want to take up the 800m one day after Athens and I actually want to run a marathon before I die. Why? Because I haven't done it before and it's not easy and I'm interested in the experience."
In the shorter term, Freeman is still undecided on whether to double up and go for both 400m and 200m titles at this year's Commonwealth Games. Her main aim for the season is the 400m gold in Manchester. But she has found it hard to regain full fitness after taking a year out of the sport.
The 28-year-old said: "If I feel I can do myself some sort of justice in the 200m, I'll definitely have a go."
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ATHLETES CHASE CROSS COUNTRY SELECTION THIS WEEKThe Telstra World Cross Country Selection Trials will be held this Thursday 24 January at Bundoora in Victoria with many of this country's leading distance runners in action.
The women's open and junior 6km race will be held at 6.30pm featuring Sydney Olympians Sarah Jamieson (VIS) and Kylie Risk (Tas), Goodwill Games 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Melissa Rollison (QAS) and World Championships marathon representative Susie Michelsson (Vic).
The men's open and junior 8km race to be held at 7.10pm will feature the returns from injury of Sydney Olympic 5000m representative Michael Power (VIS) and national 5000m record holder Lee Troop (VIS). Power will be having his first race since the City to Surf in August while Troop is back in his first competitive run since last April's Rotterdam Marathon.
Australia's leading performers at last year's World Cross Country Championships Benita Willis (AIS) and Craig Mottram (VIS) will be competing in the Chiba International Cross Country in Japan on Saturday as part of their preparation for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Dublin, Ireland on 23-24 March.
On Sunday Australia's leading marathon runner Kerryn McCann will be aiming for a personal best in the Osaka International Women's Marathon. McCann will be up against 1996 Olympic champion Fatuma Roba, 1999 Rotterdam Marathon winner Lornah Kiplagat and Ethiopia's Elfenesh Alemu who has a personal best under 2 hours 25 minutes. McCann's p.b is 2:25:59 and she is set to close in on Lisa Ondieki's Australian Best on Record of 2:23:51.
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Supercharged athletics set for Hobart in 2002Tasmania will witness supercharged athletics on Saturday 9 March with Australia's leading athletes converging on the Domain Athletic Centre, Hobart for the Telstra A-Series.
Today the Telstra A-Series in Hobart was launched by star AIS sprinter Patrick Johnson and Tasmanian 18-year-old sprint talent Kate Pedley with Athletics Australia General Manager Jason Hellwig, Athletics Tasmania General Manager Gordon Jablonski and Tourism Tasmania CEO Malcolm Wells.
The Telstra A-Series is Athletics Australia's premier national athletics series encompassing eight meets starting in Canberra on 8 February and culminating with the Telstra A-Championships in Brisbane from 11-14 April.
The Hobart event will be a major opportunity for Australia's athletes in their pursuit of Commonwealth Games and International Paralympic Committee World Championships qualifying performances during this intense two-month period of competition.
The Tasmanian public can ignite the passion and witness a supercharged afternoon's athletics from 1pm featuring the following events:
Men - 100m Ambulant, 200m, 200m Ambulant, 800m, 3000m Steeplechase, 110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay, 4x100m Relay Ambulant.
Women - 100m Ambulant, 200m, 200m Ambulant, 1500m, High Jump, Triple Jump, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay, 4x100m Relay Ambulant.
Athletics Australia General Manager Jason Hellwig said the Telstra A-Series was set to continue a fine tradition of national athletics events in Tasmania. "The Telstra A-Series in Hobart will offer a complete athletic entertainment package with exciting clashes across all disciplines showcasing speed, strength, agility, skill, power and endurance. All the ingredients will be there for a fantastic event. With a new 200-seat grandstand at the Domain Athletic Centre thanks to federal and state government funding, the public will have a birds-eye view of Australia's leading athletes in pursuit of Commonwealth Games and IPC World Championships qualifying performances."
Tickets for the Telstra A-Series > Hobart are available for $12 General Admission, $2 Children (Under 16) and $20 (Premium). Tickets can be purchased by calling 1300 737 437 or will be available at the gate on the day.
Athletics Australia acknowledges the support of its principal sponsor Telstra, sponsors New Balance, IGA, Accor, Qantas and the Australian Sports Commission, and local Telstra A-Series supporter WIN Television Tasmania.
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