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It’s with excitement and pride that we celebrate nine Western Australian athletes selected to represent Australia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games:
Rhiannon Clarke (T38 100m), coached by Russell Mathanda
Brianna Beahan (100m hurdles; 4x100m relay), coached by Ryan Purcell
Luke Cann (Javelin), coached by Grant Ward
Declan Carruthers (Pole vault), coached by Alex Parnov
Ian Dewhurst (400m hurdles), coached by Marilyn Pearson
Nina Kennedy (Pole vault), coached by Alex Parnov
Madison de Rozario (T54 marathon; 1,500m), coached by Louise Sauvage
Ella Pardy (T38 100m), coached by Adam Benz
Elizabeth Parnov (Pole vault), coached by Alex Parnov
We congratulate the athletes, their coaches and support teams on this huge achievement. We also acknowledge the outstanding athletes who achieved qualification times but unfortunately missed selection.
The team selection was the culmination of a successful four days at the Australian Athletics Championships for Team WA, with 4 gold, 7 silver, 10 bronze amongst a breadth of personal bests, seasons bests and finals performances, as detailed below.
The men’s 100m was one of the most anticipated races of the championship and it certainly didn’t disappoint. After showing his class through the rounds, Aaron Bresland finished 7th in 10.52, behind Trae Williams who ran a Commonwealth Games A Qualifier to take the win.
In the women’s event, Amy Tolcon had a tough heat facing Riley Day in Round 1, finishing in 5th place with 12.30, but unfortunately did not progress to the semi-finals.
In the 200m, Aaron was back on track, claiming the bronze medal with a personal best of 21.02 into a -2.1 headwind. Matthew Konsolis was 6th in heat 4 with 24.12.
Brenton Mizen ran a strong race in a competitive first round of the 400m, finishing 5th in his heat in 48.22, missing the semi final by just 0.04.
In the women’s 100m Ambulant final Rhiannon Clarke beat her own Under 18 and Under 20 Australian records, with 13.61s to take the silver medal, whilst Ella Pardy ran 13.68 to claim bronze. Rhiannon returned to the track for the women’s 200m ambulant, narrowly missing the title, claiming silver in a time of 29.91.
In the women’s 100m wheelchair, Robyn Lambird showed her dominance, taking out the win in 20.90.
The men’s 800m was one of the events to watch leading into the championships and the heats did not disappoint! With only the first placed athlete in each heat guaranteed progression to the final, the bar was high. Luke Shaw rose to the challenge and ran a new Under 18 WA State Record of 1:49.86, and was awarded a spot in the B final, where he finished 7th. Teammate Jesse Hunt ran 1:55.35 in a tough heat against Olympian Luke Mathews.
In the women’s 1500m final, Bernadette Williams backed up her 12 second personal best in the heats (4.17.51), to finish 11th with another personal best of 4.17.11. Catherine van der Walt also returned from the Gold Coast with a new personal best of 4:26.02, finishing 11th in the heats.
Bernadette had a busy championships, also competing in the women’s 800m, running another personal best of 2.08.09 in the heats, to progress to the B final where she took out line honours in yet another personal best of 2:06.67.
The 1500m heats saw up and coming distance star Matthew Ramsden on track, winning his heat in 3.42.29. Joshua Tedesco joined Matthew in heat 3, narrowly missing a spot in the final, finishing 5th in 3.46.89. Jesse Hunt also returned to the track for the 1500m heats, finishing 12th with 3.56.01. Matthew unfortunately suffered an injury during the heats and was forced to withdraw from the final.
Madison de Rozario showed her class in the women’s 1500m wheelchair clocking a time of 3:26.79 to take out the gold medal, ahead of NSW’s Angela Ballard.
Battling hot and humid conditions, Michael Lori ran 14.54.72 to place 16th in the men’s 5000m final, with Sam King unfortunately not completing the race.
Sam King returned to the track with teammate Christopher Dale in the men’s 3000m steeplechase timed finals. Christopher produced a personal best to finish in 11th place overall with 9:04.64, with Sam King finished 4th in the second of the timed finals with 9:28.42 for 19th overall.
In the women’s event, Brianna Illara fought hard to finish 5th in 10:07.57, behind Olympian Victoria Mitchell who took out first place.
The sprint hurdles saw training partners Brianna Beahan and Terrell McKenzie join Katherine Sparrow in taking to the track. Brianna Beahan, was dominant in her 100m hurdle heat, winning with ease in 13.05. Controversy surrounded the women’s 100mH final, with a false start and protest delaying the race start. Brianna showed her class after hitting the first hurdle, moving through the field to claim the bronze medal in 13.16. 400mH specialist Katherine Sparrow, produced a personal best over the shorter distance, finishing 5th in heat 1 with a time of 14.28.
After finishing second in heat 1 of the men’s 110m hurdles, Terrell mixed it with the best in the final, finishing in 6th place with 14.26.
Team WA were well represented in the 400m hurdles, with Ian Dewhurst claiming gold in 49.80 to secure his place on the Commonwealth Games team. Ian was joined in the final by Luke Major, who produced a huge personal best of 52.52 for 5th place. Alexander Di Medio finishing 7th in the heats in 55.05, with Toby Plant 5th in heat 3 with 56.30.
In the women’s long hurdles, Alanah Yukich backed up her personal best in the semis with another in a competitive final, finishing 5th in 58.39. Lyndsay Troode joined Alanah in the final, finishing 7th in 59.46. Katherine Sparrow produced a personal best in the semi finals, for 7th place in 60.33. Madeline Putz narrowly missed a semi berth, running a strong 63.03 for 5th in heat 1.
The opening day of the Championships got off to a great start, with Chris Barty winning gold with a throw of 8.28m in the secured shot put.
Chris backed up with performance in the shot put with a throw of 24.77m in the men’s discus throw secured to take out the silver medal.
In the men’s discus final, Courtney Heinze threw 52.27m to secure 6th place in a highly competitive field.
Courtney returned to the arena for the men’s shot put final, alongside Matthew Cowie. Matthew secured the bronze medal with 17.70m, closely followed by Courtney with a personal best throw of 17.49m for 4th place.
World Championship Bronze Medallist Sarah Edmiston was dominant in the ambulant discuss, taking the gold with a winning throw of 35.39m.
The men’s javelin final featured two WA athletes, with Cruz Hogan and Luke Cann. Cruz threw a huge personal best of 76.87m to claim the bronze medal, with Luke narrowly behind him in 4th, with a best throw of 76.27m.
Allison Nankivell took it to the field in the women’s triple jump final, where she placed 5th with a career best performance of 13.09m. Teammate Abigail Dargan narrowly missed the final, with a best jump of 11.82m for 7th in heat 1.
In the men’s triple jump heats, Matt Dean unfortunately had three fouls and did not progress to the final.
In the women’s long jump, Sinta Wardana produced a leap of 6.20m, securing 7th place in a new personal best. Allison Nankivell returned to the pits, jumping 5.54m in the heats but unfortunately did not progress to the final.
In the men's long jump, Mackenzie Liddelow jumped a new personal best of 7.21m to finish 6th in his heat, in a highly competitive field.
The women’s high jump final saw numerous ‘B’ qualified athletes vying for a spot on the Commonwealth Games Team. Zoe Timmers claimed the bronze medal with a leap of 1.80m. Clare Gibson cleared 1.75m for 7th position.
In the men’s high jump, WA trio Grant Szalek, Sean Szalek and Thomas Brennan came up against a strong field. Grant was the best placed out of WA’s athletes, clearing 2.10m for 5th place. Thomas finished in 7th with 2.05m, and Sean in 9th with 2.00m.
In the pole vault, the WA duo Declan Carruthers and Stephen Clough took the silver and bronze medal with 5.45m and 5.15m respectively, behind Olympian Kurtis Marschall.
It was a clean sweep for WA in the women’s pole vault, with Nina Kennedy showing the form that saw her jump 5.71m leading into the championships, taking out the gold medal comfortably with 4.60m. Nina was joined on the podium by sisters Liz and Vicky Parnov, who jumped 4.25m and 4.10m respectively. Up and coming junior athlete Lauren Hyde-Cooling placed 6th with 3.80m. The incredible performances saw Nina and Liz secure their place on the Commonwealth Games team.
It was a battle of the ‘B’ qualifers in the women’s heptathlon, with WA trio Kiara Reddingius, Kobi Nichols and Virginia Stasyszyn taking it to Australia’s best over 7 events. Kiara Reddingius had a major breakthrough with a huge personal best and Commonwealth Games B Qualifer of 5742 points, with Kobi finishing in 8th with 5126 points and Virginia 9th in 4733 points.
In the mens decathlon, Wesley Salisbury finished 13th in 6166, with the event being won by Olympian Cedric Dubler.
The championships finished with some outstanding performances by WA teams in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Kiara Reddingius, Kobi Nichols, Katherine Sparrow and Sinta Wardana secured a bronze medal before Kiara, Kobi and Katherine joined Lyndsay Troode for the 4x400m where they fought of NSW and VIC to take the silver medal behind QLD.
Team WA finished 5th in the men’s 4x100m, with Grant Szalek, Aaron Bresland, Mackenzie Liddelow and Brenton Mizen finishing in 41.94. Brenton backed up for the men’s 4x400, joined by Alex Di Medio, Toby Plant and Luke Major and claimed the bronze in a time of 3:15.59.