Ashley takes the top job

Ashley McMahon . . . president

Ashley McMahon has been re-elected president of UTS Northern Suburbs Athletics Club.

He was re-elected unopposed for a third term at the club’s annual general meeting at Rotary Field.

Fellow Ron Bendall squad member Maria Cimino was re-elected vice-president while Any West was re-elected to the club’s committee.

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Four score more

Maria Cimino . . . leading point score in the women’s open category

UTS Norths won the the Treloar Shield as Athletics NSW’s premier club for the third successive year in 1019/20 with four Ron Bendall squad athletes topping their point scores.

Jacob Orr was the leading point scorer in the men’s under 20 years category; Ashley McMahon led the way in the men’s 40+ years; Maria Cimino was top scorer in the open women’s; and Monique Perry was leading point scorer in the 40+ years women’s division.

All four received their trophies after the club’s annual general meeting at Rotary Field.

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Masters of Their Art

Monique Perry and Maria Cimino . . . female masters athletes of the year

Monique Perry and Maria Cimino have been named UTS Norths Female Masters Athletes of the Year.

They shared the award after both put up outstanding performances in the 2019/2020 season and received their trophies after the club’s annual general meeting at Rotary Field on Sunday.

Monique finished 2019 as the fastest woman in the world over 100m and 200m in the 45+ years age group. She also set club records in 60m, 100m and 200m and won the 60m and 100m at the NSW Masters Championships.

During the season Maria set a State record in 45+ years hammer throw. She also won hammer throw and weight throw at NSW Masters and set an open club record in the weight throw and numerous club outdoor and indoor heavyweight throw records.

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Bendall named Coach of the Year

Ron Bendall receives his trophy from Ashley McMahon

Ron Bendall has been named UTS Northern Suburbs coach of the year for 2019/2020.

Club President Ashley McMahon presented Bendall with his trophy on Sunday after the club’s annual general meeting.

It is the third time Bendall has won the award, also winning in 2008/09 and sharing the trophy with James Fitzgerald in 2013/14.

In a stellar year for coach Bendall:

Nicolette Donofrio won the under 18 years women’s hurdles at the Oceania Games in record time;

He coached his 100th national championship gold medal winner when Charlotte Collins was a member of the winning under 18 years girls NSW team at the Australian Cross Country Championships;

Jasmin Guthrie was selected in the Australian under 20 years women’s 4x400m relay squad;

His athletes won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the NSW All Schools championships;

Maya Piras won the silver medal in the under 18 years women’s 100m hurdles at the Australian All Schools Championships in Perth;

His squad broke 14 UTS Norths records at the Grass Games;

At the NSW Relays Champion ships Ron Bendall squad athletes set a State record, broke six UTS Norths club records and won 18 gold, seven silver and six bronze medals;

His squad members provided the backbone of most of UTS Norths medal winning teams at this year’s 2019 Club Championships. Of the 63 athletes who represented UTS Norths, 21 were from Ron Bendall’s squad;

Monique Perry finished 2019 ranked No 1 in the world for the 100m and 200m in the women’s 45+ years age category;

At the NSW Junior Championships Ron Bendall squad athletes won two gold, four silver and one bronze medal, finished top 10 in five other events and ran seven personal best times;

At the NSW Masters Championships Ron Bendall squad athletes won 10 gold, seven silver and three bronze medals.

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Jess shines in the twilight

Jess Maciver . . . second in the 100m

Jess Maciver started the school athletics season in fine form at the Independent Girls’Schools’Sports Association twilight meeting at SOPAC on Friday.

Jess was second in the under 18 years 100m nd third in the senior 200m.

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Speed rules!

Jess Maciver and Jasmin and Bella Guthrie . . . dominated the women’s sprints

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

Jasmin Guthrie won both the under 18 years 100m and 400m while Bella Guthrie was runner-up in both events. In the 100m she shared second place with Jessica Maciver who also was second in the 60m. Jasmin’s 100m and 400m times were the fastest on the day.

Not to be outdone, Joey Dennis won the under 18 years boys 100m and 400m. His 400m time was the fastest of the day despite having played a game of Aussie Rules earlier in the day.

Daniel Nolan won the open men’s 60m and 100m in the fastest times of the day. The much improved David Turner won the 40+ men’s 60m and was second in the 100m with Caerl Murray third in both events.

Janet Naylon was second in both the 50+ years women’s 60m and shot put and was third in the javelin.Alice Bohdan won the 40+ years women’s long jump, javelin and shot put.

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Back at the PAC

Nicolette Donofrio (left) and Susie Diouglas with coach Ron Bendall

With the Covid-19 restrictions eased, the Ron Bendall hurdles squad are back training at SOPAC on Sunday mornings.

The squad comprises:

Nicolette Donofrio, u/18 Oceania Games 100m hurdles champion and Games record holder;

Susie Douglas, NSW under 20 years 400m hurdles gold medalist

Bella Guthrie, NSW under 18 years 400m hurdles gold medalist

Jessie Wong, NSW under 17 years 400m hurdles silver medalist

Jessica MacIver , NSW under 18 years 100m hurdles silver medalist

Maya Piras, Australian All Schools under 18 years 100m hurdles silver medalist

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TTP for three

Three Ron Bendall squad athletes have been selected in this year’s Athletics NSW’s Target Talent Program.

Jessie Wong and Bella Guthrie have been included in the TTP hurdles squad while Jasmin Guthrie is a member of the sprint group.

By engaging the best junior athletes in NSW through practical and theoretical development opportunities, the Target Talent Program seeks to encourage, motivate and support the athletes, their coaches and support network to reach their potential.

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Pipped at the post

Ashley McMahon and coach Ron Bendall

Ashley McMahon was just pipped for the title of Athletics NSW Male Masters Athlete of the Year.

The award went to Gosford sprinter Ernie Leseberg who beat a quality field field of runners, hurdlers and throwers. Ashley was among eight athletes to receive an honorable mention.

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Back in action

Back on track . . . Jess McIver, Jasmin Guthrie and Bella Guthrie

With the partial lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions the Ron Bendall
squad has resumed training at Rotary Field on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
afternoons and Monday and Thursday mornings.
We are still practising strict social distancing guidelines and if
there are more than 10 athletes, we split into two groups.
At all times athletes must keep a distance of 1.5m from each other.

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