April TFNL Out Now

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In this edition:

  • The WMA world indoor champs in Daegu ended on Saturday, March 25. TFNL has eight pages with stories from WA athletes on their experiences in South Korea and photographs from Canada’s Doug Smith.
  • MAWA state championships preview.
  • John Dennehy writes on WA masters’ performances at State Open champs.
  • Carmel Meyer’s profile column features pole vaulter Phil Smyth.
  • Margaret Saunders’ column looks at athlete’s “hangover” following the Perth world champs.

Head over to the Magazines page to download or alternatively you can view via the online bookshelf.

ECAC programme Thursday 6th April

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We will have the following programme ahead of the State Championships steeplechase, which starts at 7pm:

200m, 1500m, 100m, 400m

Equipment is available if anyone wants to do a jump

 

MAWA results from Daegu

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Congratulations to all. Many inaugural state records but also 5 pending Australian ones.

Apologies for any errors or omissions. Please contact Barbara if so.

Daegu Indoor World Championships

AWA Registrations

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Some members are receiving emails from Athletics WA confirming their registration and this is causing some confusion. MAWA members are now automatically registered with AWA for insurance even if they don’t compete on the track so these emails can be safely ignored.

Ed Whitlock

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Ed Whitlock of Canada was a legendary masters athlete.

This obituary published in a UK club magazine may be of interest to members

Ed Whitlock

Committee Summary February/March 2017

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  • Robin King leaves the committee after taking a new job in the north of the State.
  • Campbell Till joins the committee and will take overall responsibility for Track and Field activities. We welcome Campbell to this important role, and are sure you will give him your full support
  • We have moved the website to a new host and given it a fresh new look. This has greatly improved performance for the website administrators. We thank long-term MAWA friend Ernie Leseberg for all his work.
  • Deliver of the MAWA jacket orders is awaited
  • Membership sits at 534, very strong for so early in the year
  • Track and Field was off to a slow start in 2017 with athletes still recovering from their efforts at World Champs. However State Champs entry at 183 is very healthy.
  • The winter programme will be at both venues in the lead up to Nationals in early June. After that it will be ECAC only.
  • The new steeples at ECAC have become cracked and warped. The supplier will replace the wooden beams with steel-framed
  • The committee approved MAWA nominees for AMA awards and these are listed on the website.

MAWA nominations for AMA Awards

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The MAWA committee last night approved the following nominations:

Sprints/Hurdles. Wendy Seegers. Another amazing year for Wendy with 2 W40 Australian records and 2 World Titles

Middle Distance/Steeples. Rob Nichols. Great year for Rob in the Steeplechase with a State Record, a National title, and a bronze at Worlds

Distance. Janet Ferguson. What a year for Janet – 2 World Titles and taking a 5000m State record from the late, great Anne Shaw

Walks. Lynne Schickert. A World bronze and an Australian record for Lynne in the gruelling 20km event

Jumps. Melissa Foster. Once again World Triple Jump champion

Throws. Byrony Glass. Right at the end of the age-group, Byrony still won 3 World Titles and broke 2 Australian records

Multi-events. Mark Jeffery. Mark’s decathlon at the State Open Champs earned him 7299 points, an Australian record and only 5% short of the World record

Most outstanding female athlete. Wendy Seegers

Most outstanding male athlete. Matt Staunton.  Exceptional year for Matt with an Australian Weight Pentathlon record, and a gold, 2 silvers at the World Championships.

Most outstanding individual performance. Wendy’s 200m time of 24.52s at a Strive meeting

Once again MAWA is able to put forward an outstanding list of nominees. We wish them luck – the winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner in Darwin in June

Winter Track and Field

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Last night the committee agreed the following arrangement:

ECAC. Full winter track programme 6th April and then late April through September. No throws. No jumps competition but equipment is available if members want to come and practice.

WAAS. For the period leading up to the Nationals in Darwin, (ie 4th April and then late April and all of May), full programme with track, throws and jumps.

From June to September there will be no programme at WAAS. This is based on our experience in recent years, (apart from 2016), where only a handful of athletes were turning up, not justifying the time and effort of those who run the event.

We are conscious that throwers will not have the opportunity to do Weight Throw ahead of Darwin. The circle at ECAC is probably too dark after around 6pm, but the ground is open by 5:30pm so throwers could come and practice then.

Oceania 2018

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The Oceania Masters Athletics Championships are held every two years and include Australia, New Zealand and all the Pacific Islands!

In 2018 they will be held on 20-27 January in Dunedin, New Zealand – a beautiful location so you can combine the event with a stunning holiday!

For more information please click on the link below:

OMA Dunedin Info