EDITION 1: January 1st – 15th 2020
Welcome to the 2020 Season of Athletics
2020 has plenty on offer; from the 3 Oceania Regional Championships to the Olympics / Paralympics in Tokyo.
- Oceania Athletics would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to those families suffering, communities lost, and acknowledge the incredible efforts of our firefighters and emergency services on the front line. Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons on record and consequently producing hazardous levels of air pollution. The AIS have released a document outlining the precautionary steps athletes should take when training. https://www.ais.gov.au/media_centre/news/ais-advises-athletes-to-be-alert-to-smoke-haze
- The World Anti-Doping Agency 2020 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is now in force. If you have not already, please make yourself familiar with the new document. #MySportMyIntegrity
- Road to Tokyo Online App. A points, ranking and qualifier tool for Tokyo 2020, developed by Blue Cat Technical Ltd. *Disclaimer: Oceania Athletics are not associated with the app, nor can we confirm the accuracy of the data – rather a recommendation for athletes to trial.
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AROUND THE REGION
New Year’s HonoursCongratulations to Alan Hamilton, who received the Queen’s Service Medal for services to athletics and youth in the New Year's Honours Alan has been coaching sport, particularly youth athletics, for more than 40 years. He has been a member of the Alexandra Amateur Athletics Club, the Winton Athletics Club and Ariki in Dunedin. He was an administrator, adviser and mentor for the NZSAA, as well as a member of its executive committee from 2001 to 2006.
Hundreds of young athletes to compete in Colgate Games
The North Island section of the Colgate Games, an annual event for athletes aged 7-14, was held at Jubilee Park last weekend. There are nearly 1200 athletes competing from 87 clubs, including 233 from Taranaki clubs, which are hosting the event in partnership with Athletics New Zealand. The South Island Colgate Games heads to Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch in 2020.
The games, which are held in a different region every year, had become a rite of passage for many young athletes, Athletics New Zealand chief executive Peter Pfitzinger said in a statement.
"Athletics is a foundation sport that teaches movement skills that are transferable. The Colgate Games has a list of alumni that includes Tom Walsh, Nick Willis, Jeff Wilson and Bernice Mene."
National 100m champion and former Colgate Games participant Zoe Hobbs will be at the Inglewood games to present medals.
HAPPY NEW YEAR...Here’s what’s going on at Palau Track & Field Association#oneteam resume regular training on 1/6/2020 and also Kids Athletics 2020 Phase 1 started on 1/7/2020 with 12 returning kids... PTFA officers first initial meeting with PVA Board of Director’s Chairman, Mr. Ngirai Tmetuchel, PVA Director, Stephanie Nakamura, Mr. Kadoi Ruluked, Kate and Norma for the April Palau Pristine Paradise Half Marathon, 10k and 5k event. This will be a pre event prior to the September 27th, Palau Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. Koror State Youth Council sponsoring the 4th Annual Koror Kolor Run event.. Please come and support and don’t forget to wear White T-Shirt for this particular event...
Alex Rose Throws a New RecordAlex Rose has broken the Indoor Discus American Record witha throw of 65.23m. Alex is already an Olympian and a four-time World Championships qualifier, and now he is well under way in his preparation for his second Olympic Games in Tokyo!
Raise the Bar AcademyFor the sixth year, Athletics Australia and the University of Melbourne have come together to host the Raise the Bar Academy. Raise The Bar is a pathway Academy for Australian Indigenous secondary school students (Years 10, 11 and 12) who aspire to participate in athletics and study at university. Participants explore their leadership potential and discover how participation in sport can complement and open doors to professional opportunities.
Jandakot Airport Track ClassicNominations for the first Track Classic of 2020, the Jandakot Airport Track Classic on Feb 1, are now open. https://www.athletics.com.au/events/53690/
Peniel Richard returns to the USATriple and Long Jump National Record holder Peniel Richard returns to the USA this week to complete his studies after a break of two years. Richard has secured a full athletic scholarship to attend West Texas A&M University in Canyon ,Texas where he aims to complete his degree in Kinesiology.He becomes the fourth PNG athlete to attend this school after Sharon Kwarula, Rellie Kaputin and Theo Piniau. “Peniel decided to return home in 2017 for his own personal reasons said Athletics PNG President Tony Green but his consistently good performances in big meets since then has resulted in this great opportunity for him to return to the USA to complete his studies and of course continue his athletic career. WTAMU is a great school and we are very thankful to Head Coach Matt Stewart and his staff for looking after our athletes so well. Richard first set the national record by jumping 15.35m in the USA in 2017 and improved it to 15.45m when winning gold at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu. He further improved it to 15.51m this year at the Apia Games ,missing out by just 2cm to his great rival Eugene Vollmer from Fiji, himself a former USA College athlete.Vollmer also edged Richard out of Gold at the 2015 Games by just 5cm.A versatile athlete, Richard won the high jump silver and long jump bronze in Apia last year and also won the high jump silver in Vanuatu 2017. His 2015 Games campaign was cut short after he injured himself in the Pole Vault
The Countdown has begun as Fiji prepare to host the 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 𝗠𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽𝘀
The 2020 Melanesian Championships will now take place in Lautoka, Fiji on 24-25 June.
Norfolk Island GIFT 2020
- Minimum Age for the 100 and 400 metres is 8 years
- Minimum Age for the 1 mile is 8 years