The 2019 Oceania Athletics Championships was a successful competition for athletes from Western Australia, with 21 medals won over the four day meet.
Liz Parnov had an outstanding performance in the Senior Women’s Pole Vault, coming away with a new personal best of 4.60m, which was also a Championship Record and a World Championship Qualifier. Liz is now ranked equal 4th on the Australian All-Time Ranking List, passing her aunty Tatiana Grigorieva (4.58m). Lauren Hyde-Cooling also had a great performance, finishing fourth, with 4.10m, just outside her personal best of 4.15m.
Melany Smart was an outstanding performer, coming away with two gold medals in the Under 20 Women’s 3000m and 5000m. Melany ran 9:34.95 in the 3000m, setting a new Championship Record and ran 16:17.93 in the 5000m. Melany was also awarded Under 20 Performance of the Meet.
Bernadette Williams ran an impressive race in the Senior Women’s 1500m, claiming the silver medal and breaking the State Record, previously set in 1980. Bernadette’s time was 4:13.52.
In the Senior Men’s 1500m, Matthew Ramsden secured the gold medal in a close finish, setting a new Championship Record of 3:44.41
Angus Armstrong and Stephen Clough both had great performances in the Senior Men’s Pole Vault, placing first and second respectively. Angus set a new Championship record of 5.40m and Stephen jumped 5.30m. The duo will now turn their focus to the World University Games held in Naples later this month.
Heptathlete Kiara Reddingius overcame injury concerns to come out on top in the Senior Women's Heptathlon, finishing with a total of 5149 points.
Etienne Rousseau competed up an age group and claimed two medals at the Championships, in the Under 18 Men’s Discus and Under 18 Men’s Shot Put, where he placed second (55.45m) and third (17.47m) respectively.
Brianna Beahan had a great victory in the Senior Women’s 100m Hurdles, defeating National Champion Celeste Mucci in a time of 13.30.
In the Under 18 Men’s Javelin, Bryce Cooper threw a huge personal best of 64.94m to claim the gold medal.
Jordan Wight jumped a new personal best of 2.05m to win the Under 18 Men’s High Jump. In the Under 18 Women’s High Jump, Annie Stapleton jumped 1.68m to secure the silver medal.
Ian Dewhurst continued his winning streak, claiming the gold medal in the Senior Men’s 400m Hurdles. Ian ran 50.79. Annamaria Leszczynska finished second in the Under 20 Women’s 400m Hurdles, finishing in a time of 60.74.
In the Under 18 Women’s 2000m Steeplechase, Abigail Graham finished second in a time of 7:18.78.
Declan Tingay finished second behind Olympian Rhydian Cowley in the Senior Men’s 10,000m Walk, in an impressive time of 42:42.44. Declan is also competing at the World University Games later this month.
Jason Ramsden had a great run in the Under 20 Men’s 5000m, finishing second in a time of 15:22.70.
In the Under 20 Women’s Hammer Throw, Mikayla Horan threw a big personal best of 48.65m to claim the gold medal.
Conor Larranaga Boyle won two medals at the Championships. Conor finished second in the Under 18 Men’s 200m in a time 22.01 and was also part of the Under 18 Men’s 4x400m Relay team that won a gold medal.
In the Senior Women’s High Jump, Brittany Pettit, jumped 1.70m, finishing fifth.
Congratulations to all athletes and their coaches who competed at the Championships.