"ALL-OUT" FOR ALL SCHOOLS ATHLETICS
WHAT: 2017 TASMANIAN ALL SCHOOLS TRACK AND FIELD
WHEN: 28 - 29TH OCTOBER 2017
WHERE: NORTHERN ATHLETICS CENTRE, LAUNCESTON
Athletics Tasmania are pleased to welcome over 250 school students from around the state to the 2017 Tasmanian All Schools, held in Launceston this weekend (28th-29th October).
Following a series of successful school meets earlier this year, the All Schools gives students the opportunity to continue their enjoyment of track and field, and also acts as the selection trials for both the primary and secondary state teams.
Described as a 'mini-Olympics', in 2017 the national primary event becomes the Pacific Schools Games (PSG) from 2nd-9th December. The event will see nearly 4000 athletes arrive in Adelaide across eleven sports.
For secondary students, the Australian All Schools - also in Adelaide from the 8th-10th December - provides the experience of representing Tasmania on the national stage.
Athletics Tasmania Executive Officer Gabby Steele said, "It is really exciting to see Tasmanian All Schools Track and Field held on the new track at the Northern Athletics Centre".
"What is great about the event is that it gives students who may not be registered with an athletics club the opportunity to build on the results and enjoyment they achieved in their respective school carnivals. It's a perfect platform to encourage participation and caters for athletes of all aspirations".
"We've seen great interest in athletes nominating for the respective state teams this year, and it's hoped that Tasmania will have a really strong contingent to do us proud in Adelaide".
ATHLETES SET EYES ON NATIONAL COMPETITION
U18 Hutchins school student and TIS athlete Harvey Chilcott said the All Schools event would be the culmination of hard work over the winter months, and the final transition from junior to senior athletics competitions.
"I've competed in the All Schools for as long as I've done athletics, and I'm looking forward to the event this year."
"I'm competing in both the 3,000m and the 2km steeple, with my sights set on placing in the top three for the steeple in Adelaide in December."
Joining Chilcott with eyes on the National stage will be Collegiate's Jane Hickie, who last weekend ran 14.52-seconds for the 100m hurdles. Her time lowered the 1986 U/19 Tasmanian record for the event, and was just 0.05-seconds off the U/20 record and second spot on the Tasmanian All Time rankings.
POLE VAULT (WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER, DOMAIN ATHLETICS CENTRE, HOBART)
The Tasmanian All Schools technically begins Wednesday 25th October, with the pole vault events being held in Hobart at 6:30pm. Along with Hickie, Nitro Athletics squad member Raphaela Corney (Taroona) will look to build on her solid start to the season in the under-18 event.
PARA CLASSIFICATION DAY (28th October)
Having seen the introduction of Para events into school athletics carnivals, Launceston will also host the next Para Classification Day (28th October). The Paralympic classification system groups athletes according to how their disability impacts on their sport. The classification process, which is run in conjunction with Athletics Australia, enables athletes of all abilities to qualify and represent their state in Para events.
Tasmania has seen an influx of both athletes being classified and subsequently competing in athletics since the appointment of Athletics Tasmania Para Coordinator, Hannah Ibbott .
"Challenging to begin with was the confusion around exactly what was required to be classified," Ibbott said. "This was both from the athletes' and parents' perspectives, as there were often queries around how intensive the classification process was and the opportunities being classified presented."
"Through a great relationship with Athletics Australia, we've been able to break-down the process and make it incredibly easy to get involved, learn more and importantly get classified."
"Having had a handful of athletes successfully classified and do really well for Tasmania and even Australia on the international scene, it's really improved the interest and awareness of Para Athletics in the state."
SCHOOLS KNOCK OUT COMPETITION
The weekend's event also features the Schools Knockout event, a team based competition with points for each result totaling to an overall team score. The winning teams across the age divisions are invited to compete for their school at the National Schools Knockout competition.
The Tasmanian All Schools is on at the Northern Athletics Centre, Launceston, from the 28th - 29th October 2017.
Events start at 11:00am on Saturday, and finish around 4:00pm on Sunday.
Some events and athletes to note include:
Harvey Chilcott, U18 Boys 3,000m (9:45am Sunday)
Ebony Webb, U18 Girls 3,000m (9:45am Sunday)
Jane Hickie, U18 Girls 100m Hurdles (3:47pm Saturday) and U18 Long Jump (9:30am Sunday)
Raphaela Corney, U18 Pole Vault (6:30pm Wenesday, Domain Athletics Centre).
Further information about the championships, including the timetable, can be found at Tasmanian All Schools Track and Field
For media and updates through out the championships, please follow Athletics Tasmania on Facebook and Twitter .
Athletics Tasmania Contact
For comment or more information, please contact:
0407 352 021
Harvey CHILCOTT will look to continue on from the success of last year at the 2017 Tasmanian All Schools Track and Field.