AUSTRALIAN WINTER RACE WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
STROMLO FOREST, CANBERRA, ACT – SUNDAY 21st AUGUST 2016
Report by Rosemary Coleman and Dominic Anastasio
The largest ever contingent of Tasmanian race walkers touched down at Mt Stromlo, Canberra, for the 2016 Australian Road Walking Championships.
Highlighting the results from the weekend was 16 year old AT/TIS TTP athlete Alice RANDALL, competing in the U18 5km as the youngest competitor. Alice, fresh from competing in Canberra for the Australian Federation Walks and having walked a World best 3km time for an U16 athlete in 2016, won the U18 event in a time of 25.05; a personal best by approximately 50 seconds.
After racing in a lead pack of four, Randall gradually moved to the front and remained in that position continually gaining distance from her fellow walkers. With 800m to go, Randall’s inexperience in leading fields in larger events saw her drop back to second place, allowing NSW walker Jasym McDONALD to take over the lead position. Showing her patience, determination and technique, Randall maintained her composure to eventually cross the line in first place following the disqualification of the lead walker only metres before the finish line.
Randall said after the race; “I didn’t know what to do, I haven’t ever been in that leading position before in a National event, but I now know that I can be successful in what I do”. Her coach, Rosemary COLEMAN, was elated with the outcome knowing that her commitment to both training and competition would soon result in success on a major level. Following Alice’s positive lead up to the event, Rosemary firmly believes that the result is a testament to Tasmanian race walkers and the wider athletics community to have the confidence and believe in their ability.
Our other junior Tasmanian walkers also performed admirably, with Under 16 athlete Bayley CAMPBELL achieving a top eight placing, winning silver based on handicap and lowering his personal best time by some 2 minutes.
Under 12 male athletes Will BOTTLE and Jesse DEANS combined together through out the race, seeing Bottle win bronze in the 2km event, and Deans coming in 4th; subsequently winning the handicap trophy in yet another personal best.
The Under 12 female event saw club-mates Bonnie TALBOT and Bianca ANDERSON coming in 5th and 8th respectively in the 2km event. Under 14 athlete Chloe DEANS, in her first Nationals competition, performed credibly to finish 12th in the largest field of the day and Jaime BOTT finished 17th in a new personal best, wining her handicap trophy.
Masters athlete Kirsten BOTT continued her great form in the lead up to the World Masters Championships (Perth, September 2016), posting a new personal best time in the 10km event by approximately 5 minutes and will be one to watch in Perth.
Master 10k – Kirsten Bott 6th – 1.06.33
Under 18 5Km Women – Alice Randall 1st – 25.05
Under 16 5Km Men – Bayley Campbell 8th – 26.36
Under 14 3Km Women – Chloe Deans 12th 18.40 and Jaime Bott – 17th 19.53
Under 14 3K Men – William Robertson – DQ
Under 12 Boys 2Km – Will Bottle 3rd 11.00 Jesse Deans 4th 11.23
Under 12 Girls 2Km – Bonnie Talbot 11.14 5th Bianca Anderson 12.23 8th, Demi Petterwood DQ
Under 10 Girls 1Km – Bonnie Talbot 1st