2015-2016 Summer Bulletin No. 23

February 29, 2016


Congratulations to Sarah Billings who ran a brilliant PB of 2:05.77 in the 800m at the junior AV knockout finals on the weekend to qualify for the world junior championships. Sarah joins Georgia Hansen who has already qualified for this same event.


Congratulations to David Grant, Mohamad Zeed, Flavien Basson, Phillipa Hajdasz and Isabelle Napier who won Victorian Championship titles on the weekend.

David Grant threw 60.53m to take gold in the men’s javelin and Mohamad Zeed ran 54.22 to win the 400m hurdles. Again Box Hill athletes dominated the pole vault. Flavien Basson cleared 5.00m to win the men’s event, while Phillipa Hajdasz and Isabelle Napier both went over 3.60m to share the gold medal in the women’s event.

Box Hill had many other athletes put in strong performances. Georgia Griffith lead most of the way in the women’s 800m before finishing a desperately close 3rd in 2:06.93. 17 year old Matt Harcourt stepped up to the open 400m hurdles and finished 3rd in 54.55 and James Filshie took the bronze in the men’s pole vault.

Box Hill Results at state championships:

David Grant                  1st        javelin              60.53m

Mohamad Zeed            1st        400m hurdles   54.22

Flavien Basson             1st        pole vault         5.00m

Phillipa Hajdasz          =1st      pole vault         3.60m

Isabelle Napier            =1st      pole vault         3.60m

Georgia Griffith            3rd        800m               2:06.93

Matt Harcourt               3rd        400m hurdles   54.55

James Filshie                3rd        pole vault         4.60m

Nana Owusu-Afriyie    4th        100m               12.14

Rachel Limburg             4th        high jump        1.65m

Jacqueline Williams     4th        pole vault         3.40m

Irene Margaronis          5th        javelin              25.38m

Brett Nuske                  5th        hammer           42.47m

Yiota Carabourniotis    5th        discus              30.59m

Annabelle Anderson    6th        pole vault         3.20m

Kelly Ulf                     6th        long jump        5.40m

Imogen Purcell             6th        400m hurdles   1:08.49

Yiota Carabourniotis    8th        long jump        4.54m

Nicole Roberts             9th        1500m             4:34.16

Kelly Ulf                     11th      high jump        1.55m

Yiota Carabourniotis    11th      high jump        1.50m

Osei     Owusu-Afriyie 12th      long jump        5.97m

Brigid Davis                 13th      pole vault         2.50m

Ella Squires                  14th      100m               12.79

Andre Waring              16th      800m               1:56.12

Nick Baggott                17th      1500m             4:01.18

Matt Zwarts                  18th      200m               23.22

Sanjana Alex               19th      100m               13.33

Sanjana Alex               20th      200m               27.42

Antony Baldwin          26th        200m                    23.73

Daniel White-Alikakos 27th      400m               50.71

James O’Connell         30th      1500m             4:11.67

Robert Owen               31st      400m               51.54

Robert Mayston           33rd      200m               25.85

Antony Baldwin          33rd      400m               52.33

Andrew Wilcox           35th      400m               52.75

Kynan Dawes              41st      800m               2:05.76

Robert Mayston           48th      400m               58.66




Box Hill had a number of athletes achieve good results at the AV Knockout junior final.

The following athletes gained top three placings:


  1. Sarah Billings           800m               2:05.77            WJQ
  2. Jess Muirden             400m               59.39
  3. Alex Ritchie             1500m             4:11.16


  1. Dalton Di Medio      Pole Vault        3.50m
  2. Kate Boulter            400mH             67.16
  3. Jess Hepworth         800m               2:20.86
  4. Genevieve Wah       800m               2:22.10


  1. Tamsyn Lovass        1500m             4:54.91
  2. Jessica Mackenzie   Pole Vault        2.70m
  3. Jessica Mackenzie   Discus              26.80m
  4. Jessica Mackenzie   Javelin             29.57m


  1. Lachlan Doehmann 800m               2:17.43
  2. Connor Ogilvie        1500m             4:52.01
  3. Connor Ogilvie        800m               2:24.70
  4. Murray Lovass         1500m             5:08.66



One Mile Championships Men

Will Potter                    4:15.5

Peter Green                  4:19.0

Michale Dowel            4:21.8

Tom Selwood              4:24.2

Andre Waring              4:26.1

Bouchaib Chefnaoui    4:29.0

Klarie McIntyre           4:36.7

Welday Mebrahtu        4:40.4

Rob Schwerkolt           4:41.2

Will Lindsay                4:43.6

Lucas Pamminger        4:46.3

Austin Hunter              4:48.4

Tony Langelaan           5:04.7

One Mile Championships Women

Audrey Campkin-Smith 5:01.7

Molly McCarthy          5:10.7

Sophie Westcott           5:25.5

Louise Ton                  5:37.3

Hannah Wilson            5:43.5

Olivia Harper               5:44.0

Chloe Rosenberg         6:23.2

800m Men

Nick Baggott                1:57.1

Darcy Powne               1:57.6

Zac Hunter                   1:57.6

Raymond Chan           2:00.2

Spencer Anderson       2:04.3

James O”Connell         2:06.0

Hanson Wong              2:07.9

Russell Clowes            2:09.8

Steve Preece                2:15.5

Mac Anderson             2:20.6

Nick Carah                  2:20.6

Scott Lawrence           2:24.8

David Ayers                2:33.9

Simon St. Hill              2:54.0

800m Women

Georgia Hansen           2:09.1

Amy Atkinson             2:14.0

Jess Muirden                2:15.9

Genevieve Wah          2:19.6

Jess Hepworth             2:20.5

Hayley McGoldrick     2:25.4



Ladies’ Pole Vault

Isabell Napier              3.55

Anabelle Anderson      3.20

Jacqui Williams           3.20

Brigid Davis                2.65

Amanda Harper           1.75

Gentlmen’s PV

Joel Pocklington          5.20

Flavien Basson            5.20

George Schillinger       2.65



Thank you to everyone who completed the Club’s online survey. We received 102 responses and an analysis of the results will be in this year’s Annual Report.

An initial viewing of the survey results seem to present some common themes which are summarised below: (ratings are a maximum of 5.00,where 5.00 is very good):

The XCR season was rated highly at 4.62 and there are no major issues (one person noted that Sydney’s City2Surf is very popular so don’t hold events that clash with it)

The AV Shield season was rated 3.99.  The strong consensus was that there are not enough rounds – only 5 respondents wanted fewer rounds, with 65% of respondents wanting 11 or 12 rounds – some wanted even more, right up to Easter each year

Over 80% of respondents were happy to have more Shield rounds at the expense of the Knockout competition

Not surprisingly, Box Hill was the most preferred venue for Shield rounds and Casey Fields was least preferred (now that Box Hill has a new hammer cage, AV Shield rounds can be scheduled at Box Hill in 2016/2017)

Zone vs Zone was rated 3.49 and generally considered too busy, crowded, hard to book events unless done in advance online (one person arrived 90 minutes before the first field event and couldn’t get into an event until 5 hours later!), too long – the number of people meant that it always ran late and officials were stretched.  The very strong view is that it should be discontinued – members are interested in their Club, not their Zone

Knockout was rated 3.30 which is less than the unpopular Zone vs Zone and the strong view was to replace it with more Shield rounds or competitions like the popular Milers Club.

 Milers Club – everyone loves it – it was rated 4.89 and it appears to be the most popular competition – no significant changes to it were suggested

 Rare Air was rated 4.56 but only 10 respondents had competed in it.  Some suggested adding high jump to the evening’s events

The best aspects of the Club were stated to be – friendly, good track and coaches, good team spirit, welcoming, good athletes and a diverse range of ages, good facilities and history, strong community feel about the Club

Aspects of the Club that could be improved included better facilities (not well kept, untidy, toilets not good), working bees to address this, some track resurfacing is needed (eg long jump runway), gym to be cleaned up with better equipment, better communication with members about the Club’s plans, changes to the uniform, attract more members perhaps using social media, get more sponsorship and promote what is one of the best athletic clubs in Australia

Preferred spending is on the gym/equipment and shade cloth, although other matters come very close behind

There is a strong desire to get AV Shield rounds back to Box Hill in 2016/2017