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Season Launch & Laurel Wreath Presentations

Season Launch & Laurel Wreath Presentations

Author: waadmin/Monday, 29 October 2018/Categories: News, Featured

The 2018-19 Go for 2 & 5 Track and Field Season showcased some early season form with a great morning of athletics.

The morning opened with the 10,000m Race Walk, with some of the State’s top talent on display. Andrew Duncan (Masters WA) took the line honours in 51:29.7h, behind Benjamin Reid and Bradley Mann.   

The 5000m brought a buzz to the crowd with an elite field attempting Ray Boyd’s State Record of 13:59.2 (set in Sydney) and race to be first West Australian to break 14 minutes on home soil. Marc See paced the early stages of the 12.5 lap race as Matt Ramsden and Nic Harman found their rhythm. Matt showed his speed and class maintaining the pace for all but the last few laps, where he battled a hot sun and narrowly missed the mark with 14:03.62. Nic followed close behind, finishing in second with a new personal best of 14:13.76. A great effort by all competitors and no doubt the record will be under threat again soon.

The morning continued with our Laurel Wreath Presentation, where we recognised the State’s top athletes. Stellar performances throughout the 2017-18 Season made for a competitive list, with Nina Kennedy taking out the top honours with bib number 1. 

Laurel Wreath Recipients 2018-19
1. Nina Kennedy
2. Declan Tingay
3. Madison de Rozario
4. Rhiannon Clarke
5. Elizabeth Parnov
6. Brianna Beahan
7. Ella Pardy
8. Luke Cann
9. Ian Dewhurst
10. Stephen Clough
11. Aaron Bresland
12. Declan Carruthers
13. Nic Harman
14. Lauren Hyde-Cooling
15. Lara Ilievski
16. Adam Kopp
17. Sophie White
18. Jackson Hamilton
19. Sasha Zhoya
20. Chris Barty
21. Robyn Lambird
22. Sarah Edmiston
23. Kiara Reddingius
24. Cruz Hogan
25. Zoe Timmers
26. Vicky Parnov
27. Thomas Throssell 

This year, the Laurel Wreath selection criteria was refined to focus on the State's top athletes and reward a higher standard of achievement than previous years and as such the following selection process was implemented to allocate numbers. 

1. World Record – Seniors
2. International Senior Team
3. World Record - Juniors
4. International Junior Team
5. Australian Records – Senior
6. Australian Records Junior
7. National Senior Gold
8. National Senior Medal
9. International Youth Team

Athletes can only receive a Laurel Wreath on their competition number if they are a registered member of Athletics WA in the prior season.

The morning was rounded out by some stand out performances in Tahlee McVee, who threw an Under 16 State Record in the Women’s Shot Put with 14.20m, Jackson Hamilton who bettered his own Australian Record in the F12 Shot Put with 13.75 and Evan Jarvis staking a claim for the M30 Masters 200m Record in 22.02.

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