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NSW All Schools Review Day Two

NSW All Schools Review Day Two

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Saturday, 11 October 2014/Categories: News

11 October 2014


NSW All Schools Review Day two


Day two of the NSW All Schools track and field championships witnessed the emergence of many future stars, but for one athlete, Sophie McGovern, it was in a new event. In the field, seasoned junior international, Alex Hulley, nailed the longest throw in the history of the meet, using a new technical aspect in her throwing.


There was a remarkable performance in the girls 15 years 90m hurdles. After some fine hurdling in the heats, just 0.58 seconds separated the 10 finalists. The surprise fastest time was recorded by sprint specialist, Sophie McGovern (Cromer high) who clocked 13.58. Last month at the Combined High Schools, she won the 100m and 200m, but missed the hurdles final after placing third in her heat. Now in the NSW All Schools hurdles final, she would race the three CHS medalists and other athletes from IGSSA schools. She went on to take the gold medal comfortably in 13.23 seconds.

After the race she revealed just how remarkable her performance was.

“I just started doing hurdles. I started over winter.”

McGovern didn’t find it easy.

“At first it was pretty bad but now it is going alright. It felt good today.”


One of the best performances ever seen in the history of the meet was the 17yrs hammer throw result by Youth Olympic Games silver medallist, Alex Hulley, as she threw 67.93m to add over 10 metres to the record. Later Hulley revealed a major technical change implemented in the competition.

“Today I did my first two throws with three turns then on my third and fourth throws I used four turns – it was the first ever time in competition, and it worked well. They were my best throws in my competition. It felt really good off only two or three weeks of training with four turns.”

She explained the reason for the move to four turns.

“From January I move to the 4kg implement and I find I will generate more speed with four throws and I will throw further with it.”


The last event, which ran until nearly 6.00pm was a gripping 14 yrs girls high jump competition.

Georgia Kalnin (Aquinas College) looked to have the title after first attempt clearances at 1.50m, 1.55m, 1.60m and 1.63m. But Emily Whelan (St Pius X Adamstown) remained in the competition with a third attempt clearance at 1.63m. The medals would be decided at 1.66m, with Kalnin unable to negotiate the height and Whelan going clear on her second attempt.


Mt Carmel High’s Jordan Doris, clocked his first sub-two minute 800m, running 1:59.09 to win the 14 years 800m. He took the record from James Connor, another local Macarthur athlete. In second was a remarkable breakthrough run by Trinity Grammar’s Sebastien Moir, son of former NSW All Schools decathlon champion, James Moir. Last month at the CAS Moir clocked 2:11, but today he ran 2:01.49 – 10 seconds faster.


In the first event of the day Sara Dougan required just one jump to break the meet record with a distance of 5.43m in the 13yrs long jump. Dougan defeated a quality field including Teah McPherson (5.25m) and Dakota Thomas (5.17m). The Forest High’s William Brown raised the 19 yrs hammer throw record with his first round throw of 58.54m, adding nearly one metre to the record.


The sprint hurdles witnessed two athletes enter the record books. Matt Wood (Barker College) started the action, winning the 17 yrs 110m hurdles in 13.85, lowered the record held by Commonwealth Games fourth place getter, Nick Hough. Youth Olympic games representative, Rachel Pace equalled the 16 yrs 100m hurdles with a time of 13.92. Another Barker College student, William Lloyd easily accounted for the field in the 15 yrs 100m hurdles clocking 13.33. In the 16 yrs 110m hurdles, South Coast’s Jarrod Twigg clocked 14.61 to win by half a second.


One school dominated the girls 800m events on day two. In the 14 yrs Catherine Miller from Pymble Ladies College added the 800m to her 1500m title on Thursday in a quick 2:12.82. Two races later Pymble Ladies College students Abbey Rockliff and Edita Grinbergs went one-two in the 13 yrs girls 800m, both under the meet record held by school mate Miller. The girls ran 2:13.45 and 2:14.61 respectively.


It was a good start to the season by year 9 Mater-Dei Catholic (Wagga) student Carly Salmon, competing in the sprints and jumps. A representative at the 2013 IPC world championships in long jump, she has a different program these days.

“It (the long jump) was my main event but they don’t currently have it internationally so I’m now focusing on the 100m and 200m,” said Salmon.

“PBs are the goal this season and try to qualify for Qatar (2015 IPC world championships).”

Salmon has a network of support in her preparation to achieve these goals.

Richard Turnbull helps locally in Wagga, I have camps at the AIS, Brett Robinson at NSWIS in Sydney is my coach.”

At the NSW All Schools she won the Para U16 sprint double in times of 16.89 and 35.46 respectively.

“Not a pb but pretty good for the start of the season,” was her comment about the 100m performance.


Commonwealth Games long jumper Rae Anderson, was in action in one of her strongest events, the discus, winning the 16-19yrs Para event with a throw of 21.74m


There was a thrilling 16 years hammer throw competition, with Angus White taking the title on his last throw, by less than a metre defeating Nicholas Hay 51.91m to 51.02m. Another exciting event was the 14 yrs shot put. Going into the last round, Mason Leef led with 14.89m, but Trinity Grammar’s Alex Kolesnikoff nailed 15.44m in his last throw. Leef, responded with 15.30m, but it was insufficient to regain the lead and win gold.


For the second day in a row Josh Phillips and Harrison Wade did battle in distance events at the NSW All Schools. On Thursday Phillips took the steeplechase ahead of Wade and again on Friday he was able to hold off Wade, on this occasion in the 3000m with Phillips clocking 9:09.69 and Harrison 9:12.44. Jasmyn McDonald was easily the fastest girl race walker to date at the championships, clocking 14:35.12 in the 15 yrs race.


The 200m sprinters, showed why NSW is the home of sprinting in Australia. All six winners were close to the meet record. The winners were: Christopher Ius – 14 yrs 22.90, Joshua McLachlan – 13 yrs 23.36, Samuel Stanford – 12 yrs 25.03, Kristie Edwards – 14 yrs 24.51, Dakota Thomas – 13 yrs 25.16, Isabellah Walker – 12 yrs 26.08.              


Easily the best in the women’s 3000m races was 15 yrs winner, Annabel McDermott. The former shot putter, won the 3000m by 24 seconds from another talented NSW distance runner Jessica Guo, in 9:46.20. McDermott moved into elite company as she clocked the eighth fastest time ever at the championships.


NSW All Schools All Time list – Girls 3000m                                               

9:29.95              Eloise Poppett                     Kirrawee H                          1998

9:33.43             Suzy Walsham                    Ravenswood                       1988

9:38.37             Madeline Heiner                 Smiths Hill H                      2004

9:39.00             Tania Adams                       Cumberland H                     1984

9:41.84             Nicola Corbin                      PLC Pymble                         1988

9:44.1               Sharon Dalton                     Narrabeen Sports H            1982

9:44.76             Jessica Hull                         Albion Park H                      2013

9:46.20             Annabel McDermott          Abbotsleigh                         2014

9:47.01             Chloe Tighe                         St Pats Campbelltown        2007

9:48.22             Anna Laman                        MLC Burwood                     2012

9:48.58                   Walsham                                                                  1991

9:50.29             Michelle Dillon                    Moorefields H                     1990

9:50.47             Kate Spencer                       Turrumarra H                      2012


More highlights from day two were:

  • Tim Heyes nailed an impressive throw of 58.40m to win the 17yrs hammer throw.

  • Alex Willett won the 13 yrs long jump with a leap of 5.85m. It was his second gold and third medal of the championships.

  • James Moloney leapt 6.27m in the 14 yrs long jump not far outside the meet record of 6.41m.

  • Chloe Iwanoczko’s win in the 16-19 yrs para 200m in 30.03.

  • Taylor Jade Minslow’s silver medal winning throw of 55.11m in the 17 yrs hammer throw. Even better was Emily Rotunno’s 16 yrs hammer throw winning distance of 56.97m.

  • Daniel Jennings winning the U16 para 200m in 30.69, claiming the sprint double.

  • Stephanie Sciglia’s 13.61m gold medal winning putt in the 14 years girls shot

  • Zachary Jones’s win in the 16-19 yrs Para 800m in 2:20.33.

  • A throws double by Sally Shorkry in the 12 yrs shot and discus with distances of 10.17 and 38.27m.

  • Julie Charlton added another three gold medals to her tally winning the T54 wheelchair 200m, 800m and discus.

  • Kellyville High’s Brittney Beilby winning the U16 Para 800m in 2:50.40

  • Wheelchair athlete, Brad Pemberton’s win in the U16 200m in 34.36



When?             Thursday to Saturday 9 to 12 October 2014

Where?           Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Homebush

More details (timetable, entries, rules etc)? NSW All Schools information


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Images: Sophie McGovern (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)



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