The beginning of the second weekend of the 2017 Victorian Championships saw our young athletes again produce some terrific efforts and pick up a number of medals together with some more Club Records along the way.

Friday night gave us another two Gold Medals with twelve year old Claire Noonan grabbing a win in the under 14 3000m walk and Isabella Simonella winning the under 17 hammer. Issy also picked up a bronze in the shot put – with both of her performances producing improvements on her own Club Records, the distances being 47.72m and 12.73m respectively

Tom Dawson, competing in the under 17 hammer, was a little shaky early but showed great maturity to get his act together and produce two terrific final throws to secure a silver medal. It would ‘seem that he has broken both the under 16 and 18 Club Records set many years ago. (We  just have to check if the same weight implements were used in the 70s and 80s!) Tom’s throw was 46.79m

Our last medal of the evening program was also a silver, this time to Adam Garganis in the Open 5000m walk. His 21:16.31 was just a few seconds out side his best. Collingwood had another two in this walk, with Pramesh Prasad finishing 7th (24:07.78) with David Smyth finishing 9th (27:53.27).

Saturday dawned bright and sunny and better still without the often present breezes at Albert Park.

The Club had another two silvers on the board early in the day, firstly with Simone Maillardet picking up her second medal of the carnival when she finished a classy second in the under 15 3000 metres. Her time of 10:25.87 was only a couple of seconds outside her best.

Chloe Jacobi now has the under 14 high jump record to herself, after sharing it with four others for the last few months. Her 1.66m effort added 6cm to her best and Chloe only lost the event on a count back with the last two competitors both missing 1.69m. Chloe had to shift immediately to the long jump, but was unable to repeat her heroics, finishing in 8th place with 4.69m

Two bronze medals came our way in consecutive 400 m hurdle events just after lunch, with Tomas Fedele (U/18) and Jampel Francisco (U/17) both showing great Collingwood spirit in an event in which the Club has not had a lot of success for many, many years.


Tomas followed up his silver performance in last week’s shorter hurdle effort with a two second PB, to again reinforce his potential in this branch of our sport, while Jampel competed, despite being anything but well and fought on magnificently when looking in a bit of trouble coming into the final straight. Only getting off a plane from the US last Monday, on which, it would seem, he picked up a bug from a sneezing, coughing but nevertheless sharing passenger, Jampel arrived at Albert Park fully intending not to run. He was “convinced” by a Club senior citizen that he would not die as it was ‘only’ four hundred metres, with a few minor obstacles and anyway, he was here, so why not? It was also great to see how the two boys, who only met for the first time at our track last Tuesday supported each other in their efforts.

Many of our other competitors took part in heats of events today and have progressed to tomorrow’s finals.

Other finals held today saw Dale Carroll again run a blinder, to finish in 5th place in the under 20 5000m with a 16 second PB. Dale was with leaders with 500m to go but his big program from the last month probably caught up with him and Dale was left without a medal, but a few more admirers with another courageous effort. His time of 15:29.89 is not too far outside the Club Record.

Rebekah Corney (5.31m) and Martina Nardi (4.87m) both competed in the open long jump and finished 10th and 12th respectively.

The Club’s other reps today, with as mentioned, many to be seen in the final’s round tomorrow included:

Ellie McKenzie                  under 16      200m hurdles          5th (heat)       31.11

Chiara Santiglia                under 15      200m                         1st (heat)       26.54   CR

Tiffiny Argyropoulos       under 16      200m                         6th (heat)      28.35   SB

Amber Louw                     under 14      800m                         4th (heat)     2:34.34  SB

Lucy Leutchford               under 16      800m                         2nd (heat)     2:17.49   PB

Sunny Spencer                  under 16      800m                         2nd (heat)     2:21.59

Emily Noonan                   under 18      800m                         7th (heat)      2:50.75   SB

Wolfgang Cotra Nemesi  under 14      800m                         3rd (heat)     2:19.64    SB

Josh Tram                          under 14      800m                         4th (heat)     2:21.18     SB

Ace Buck                             under 17      800m                         4th (heat)     2:02.09