2017 Australian Masters Athletics Championships
We wish to highlight a number of key issues for the upcoming – first ever Australian Masters Athletics Championships to be held in the NT over Queen’s Birthday Weekend from 9-12 June here in Darwin, show our team uniform, merchandise and introduce some team members.
Before doing so, we want to again acknowledge the outstanding support of the Northern Territory Government in funding support, that will allow us to upgrade equipment, facilities and provide international officials, who will be also be mentoring our locals to higher levels of qualifications.
We also want to acknowledge the support of Club Tropical Resort, NO MORE Campaign, Life Without Barriers, Thrifty Car Rental Darwin, Territory FM and City of Darwin who are all significant sponsors. We would also like to thank the Darwin City Council Lord Mayor, Katrina Fong Lim for being our event patron.
Thanks also to the SEDA School for the training of their students to act as officials at the Championships. Along with Darwin High School for providing students to act as officials, photographers and construction of event result display boards.
Athletics underpins all sports with running, jumping and throwing so we are very proud to be able to offer an event that will bring all sports and healthy minded Territorians together, in both representing and showcasing the NT.
We want to highlight that the Australian Masters Athletics commences at 30 years of age so we are looking for 30 plus athletes from all sports to join us as mates within our team and represent the NT. Competition is in five year age blocks from 30- 34, 35-39 up to 90+ and relay races cover 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m.
While the Championships will run over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Registration closes on 1 MAY and NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted. Registration is online at http://ntmastersathletics.com.au/
Support for new athletes is available in training and Come and Try meets and an NT package that is designed to address all possible questions. This information can be found at http://www.ntathletics.org.au/Masters/News-Upcoming-Events
While we have some outstanding Championships sponsors, more are welcomed. We also invite businesses to join Jayco Darwin, Darwin Family Law and Mature Athletes Darwin in sponsoring block events.
Amongst the legacies we hope to build from this event is an ongoing NT Masters Athletics Championships where all sports will send their athletes for a day of fun and comradery in Darwin every second year and to the Alice Springs Masters Games the other years.
It is with pleasure we introduce the following team members magnificently attired in our uniform and merchandise.
Charlie King – ABC Darwin Sports, Founder, No More Campaign, will be adding the 1500m walk to his event list.
Crystal Attenborough – NT Open age representative, Australian Commonwealth Games and World Championships representative, entrant in 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m and looking for relay partners.
Emma Cameron – A member of the IMF (Indigenous Marathon Foundation). Emma ran her first completed marathon in 2013 in Melbourne after being pulled at the 40km mark after the bombing in Boston. Emma runs a squad of 30 runners in Jabiru and will run the 8km cross country event at the AMA Championships, after competing in the Darwin City 2 Surf.
“Other Sports” team members
Travis Ellis – 30-34 age group. Basketball – Travis is the leading all time point scorer in the DBA league competition with over 10,000 points and multiple championship winner with Tracy Village. Travis will be having a go at as many events as possible with sprints and jumps as his focus.
Tara Everett – 30-34 age group. Fitness Instructure and Netball. In 2015 Tara ran seven marathons and is currently preparing for the Gold Coast 2017. Tara is entering 10000m, steeple chase and 8km cross country events.
Peta Trahair – 35-39 age group. Netball – Former Territory Storm stalwart and now legend. Coached Pints to DNL Premiership in 2016 and while also coaching Pints this year is coaching NT U16s. Peta is entering all the throws events.
Mark Noonan – 35-39 age group. AFLNT Umpires Manager. Mark will be entering 3000m steeple chase and 1500m as well as leading a number of other AFL umpires into the competition.
Michael MacLean – 40-44 age group. Rugby League – Brothers Rugby League Coach and playing legend as well as a stand out basketball player who has played ABA and won many Championships with Tracy Village. Mike will be entering the high jump.
Jo Duncan – 50-54 age group. Triathlete – Regular leader in age division of Darwin Tri club placings and medallist at Arafura Games. Jo will be competing the 8km cross country event.
Julie Hoare – 50-54 age group. Hockey. Julie is a current Australian Representative at masters hockey, has played in many international tournaments and is currently a stalwart of local hockey filling many administrative and coaching roles. Julie is entering the sprints and relay events.
Nicole Simmonds (multi Nationals medallist) reports there could be up to 30 participants from Katherine with 10 already to go. Nicole can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0439 586 764.
Alice Springs have a number of distance runners and walkers who are keenly lead by Emma Kraft who is again hopeful of representing Australia at this year’s Mountain Running Championships. Emma Kraft can be contacted on 0438 813 321 or clubsAS@ntathletics.org.au
We are very fortunate to have both Patrick Johnson and Nova Peris as our team mentors. While Nova is currently living in Melbourne she is both promoting the Championships and is a slim chance to compete. Patrick will be supporting our team pre-championships and is also a chance to compete.
Uniforms, merchandise and medals
The rainbow serpent features on all gear as a symbol of the beginning and the unity of all while the saltwater crocodile our emblem is the totem of the Larrakia people.
Merchandise can be purchased by non-competitors too.
Chairperson LOC Darwin 2017 AMAC
“if you never have a go then you’ll never ever know”