Maria throws herself into her sport

Clinton McEwan . . . back from injury

Maria Cimino continued her outstanding throwing form this season with several outstanding efforts at the Northern Zone winter competition earlier this month.

Once again Maria threw over 40m in the hammer throw and was very close to the women’s 45+ years UTS Northern Suiburbs records in both the weight throw and the heavyweight throw.

Janet Naylon continues to progress after injury, winning the women’s 50+ years 60m, 100m, 300m, shot put and javelin.

Aice Bohdan was also a winner, taking out the women’s 40+ years shot put and javelin.

Clinton McEwan made a successful comeback from injury, winning the open men’s 60m and shot put.

Ryan Dowling, who is making the 400m hurdles his main focus this season, won the 40+ years men’s 60m, 100m, 400m and shot put.

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Record, gold medal and PB – all in one run

Nicolette Donofrio (second from right) with Tatiana Grigorieva and fellow medalists

Nicolette Donofrio is the Oceania Games girls under 18 yearsm 100m hurdles champion.

She took the title at Townsville on Friday, winning in a meet record and personal best time. Sydney Olypic Games pole vault silver medalist Tatiana Grigorieva presented Nicolette with her medal.

Earlier in the championships Susie Douglas finished fourth in the under 20 years women’s 400m hurdles.

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Maya’s cup runneth over

Maya Piras . . . 100m, 400m winner

Maya Piras has contributed significantly to Dubbo High School’s bid to win the 2019 Astley Cup.

The 100-year-old competition is played over several sports and is between Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst High Schools.

In the Dubbo/Bathurst round last week, Maya, who does her hurdles training with the Ron Bendall squad, won a thrilling 400m with a withering finish and easily took out the 100m. She also finished second in the long jump.

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Welcome back, Mr President

Ashley McMahon . . . re-elected president

Ashley McMahon has been re-elected president of UTS Norths for a third term.

Other Ron Bendall squad members elected to the committee at the club’s Annual General Meeting held on Sunday were Maria Cimino (vice president), Andy West, Clinton McEwan and Susie Douglas.

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Simply the best

Mari Cimino . . . best at hammer

Ron Bendall squad athletes dominated the Northern Zone winter competition at Rotary Field on Saturday.

  • Xin Min Tan was the fastest female over both 60m and 100m;
  • Alice Bohdan jumped the furthest of the female long jumpers, and threw the furthest in the javelin;
  • Maria Cimino was the best women’s hammer thrower;
  • And Ryan Dowling was the fastest of the male 400m runners and jumped the highest of the high jumpers.


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Three records for Jasmin

Jasmin Guthrie . . . three records

Jasmin Guthrie broke three records at the Metropolitan North West Zone Championships on Friday.

She won the 16 yearsm 100m, 200m and 400m in record times to progresss to the regional championships.

Her sister Isabella Guthrie also progressed to the regional championships by placing in the 400m.

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Gold medal for Alanna

Alanna Fisher . . . gold medal

Alanna Fisher won a team gold medal at the Combined Catholic Colleges Cross Country Championships at Eastern Creek on Friday.

The Ron Bendall squad athlete was a member of the Catholic Girls’ Secondary Schools Sports Association’s team which finished first in the 18 years 6km race.

The team medal is decided by the places of each team’s top five finishers.

Alanna finished 11th overall and was third home of the CGSSSA runners.

Charlotte Collins from the Ron Bendall coached Loreto Kirribilli squad won the 17 years CCC championship. Her team also won the gold medal in that age category.

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Abby hits the road

Abby Lander at Eastern Creek on Thursday

Abby Lander has qualified for the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships to be held at Eastern Creek next month.

The Ron Bendall squad athlete qualified by finishing eighth in the 17 years 4km event at the Combined Independent Schools Championships held at the same venue on Thursday.

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Ryan’s in the program

Ryan Dowling . . . assistant TTP coach

Ryan Dowling has been appointed Athletics NSW’s assistant sprints coach for its Target Talent Program.

TTP is Athletics NSW’s junior high performance program, established to act as an early talent identification scheme, encouraging the best young athletes in the State by inviting them to participate in development opportunities to achieve their potential and go on to represent Australia at youth, junior and senior levels.

Ryan joins Ron Bendall who is the program’s senior sprints coach.

Susie Douglas has been added to the TTP hurdles program, taking the number of Ron Bendall squad athletes in TTP to four.

Nicolette Donofrio and Isabella Guthrie are also in the hurdles program while Jasmin Guthrie is in the sprints program.

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Monique and Ashley to tie the knot

Monique Perry and Ashley McMahon . . . wedding bells

Ron Bendall squad members Monique Perry and Ashley McMahon plan to marry later this month.

The two international class masters sprinters will tie the knot in Manly in November.

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