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Rossiter among the World’s Best

The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event. Held every four years, it is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’, the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated.

UC Tiger Mark Rossiter competed for Australia in the 200m, 400m, 4x400m Relay and the 4x100m Relay.

Mark made the final in both of his individual events where he finished 4th in the 400m and 6th in the 200m.

Competing alongside Adam Farlow, Jay Stone and Jonathan Stefaniak the 4x100m team took over 5 seconds off the Australian Masters 30-34years 4x100m record, on their way to a dominant victory and a Gold Medal.

Tefler claims World Indoor Bronze

UC Ginninderra Athlete Ken Telfer (M45) competed in the recent World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Ken representing not only the UC Tigers but also Australia, competed in the 4x200m, 60m and the 200m individual events at the championships. Ken also recently Australia at the World Outdoor Championships in Perth.

Ken stepped it down an age group to compete in Australian (M40) 4x200m Relay team. The team won their heat comfortably from Hong Kong, Korea, Ireland and Germany. However they finished with a Bronze medal overall just behind Great Britain and Japan.

In the 60m Heats, Ken ran a very impressive 7.86s to finish second and automatically qualify for the Semi-Final. In the semifinal Ken was only just off his best running 7.99s to finish 6th. A great accomplishment.

Over the one lap 200m event, Ken again impressed in his heat to finish 2nd in 25.66s. In the semifinal Ken again finished 5th in a faster 25.64s, making him top ten in the world!

Australia finished the Championships on top of the Medal Ladder with 124 medals, in front of Great Britain, United States and Spain.

The Daegu Indoor Stadium seats 5000 spectators who came to watch the best Masters in the World compete for their countries. The layout of the stadium is a 200m circumference track with six lanes and 60m straight track with eight lanes.

UC Masters Relay team performs strongly at State Champs

UC Ginninderra Athletics Club entered teams in the 4x100m and 4x400m Mens and Womens Athletics ACT Relay Championships on Saturday.

It was the Women who lead the way with two medals including a silver in the 4x100m and a bronze medal in the 4x400m.

The Men fought well in the 4x100m however a series of baton mix-ups had the Tigers finished outside the medals, however they pushed back strongly in the 4x400m with a convincing silver medal. The UC Masters Team performed very strongly with a 4th placing in the 4x100m.

Photos from the Relay Champs are now on our Facebook Page.


4x100m Men A

Zac Hung
Lamin Koroma
Matt Walters
Sam Wade

4x100m Men B

Mark Rossiter
Haziq Saleem Deen
Martin Ting
Jeremy Maranan

4x100m Men C

Luke Allard
Neil Thomas
Steven Dodt
Sam N Tisha Rauraa

4x100m Men D

Eden Thomas
Mitch Foster
Nick Donaldson
Austin Tetteh

4x100m Women A

Sarah Blizzard
Laura Scollen-Smith
Chichi Enyi
Rebecca Guest

4x100m Women B

Sue Bourke
Ellis Brown
Alana Starkis
Annick Theron
4x400m Men A

Matt Walters
Mark Rossiter
Lamin Koroma
Sam Wade

4x400m Men B

Luke Allard
Jacob Davill
Mitchell Foster
Raage Noor

4x400m Women A

Meg Freeman
Sue Bourke
Bec Jarvis
Rebecca Guest

4x400m Women B

Alice Fraser
Imogen Mcdonald
Annika Wise
Laura Scollen-Smith

Stephen enjoys return to competitive athletics

The fifth instalment of Athletics ACT’s Summer Series was held at the AIS under very windy conditions. The headwinds made events like Javelin, High Jump and the 400m Hurdles more difficult than normal.

Amongst all the anguish of performing in tricky conditions, plenty of UC Tigers braved the weather and made the most of it.

One of our Faster Masters Athletes Stephen Hunter in fact had a great day running PBs in the 100m, 200m and ran a leg in the 2x100m Relay. Stephen along with fellow Vets, Sam Rauraa, Neil Thomas, Steve Hocking and Steve Dodt all got into it and the social side of the competition was indeed the winner.

Hot off the press is that another Masters athlete Ken Telfer is expected back to competition next weekend following his return from the World Championships in Perth.

The Club’s Junior athletes also had a great day mixing with their more senior team mates. There were 12 Season Bests recorded and 18 Personal Bests achieved.

The next Summer Series meet will be held on Saturday the 19 November 2016 at the AIS and on the Saturday morning the UC Ginninderra Athletics Club will be hosting its weekly Intraclub Meet at Charnwood Oval.

For photos from this Meet check out the Photo Album on Facebook.

Bourke wins Bronze Medal at Perth World Champs

UC Ginninderra’s Sue Bourke has claimed a bronze medal in the W55 400m Final at the Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships. Running a season best time of 1:07.80, Bourke was the first Aussie over the line finishing narrowly behind Lorraine Jasper (USA) and Elaine Pretorius (RSA).

The World Champs are Sue’s first International competition, however she has been ranked top 5 in the World for the 400m for the last two years. Briefly holding the top position for 2 months earlier in 2016. In Perth, Sue also made the final of the 200m, however elected to bypass the last eight to focus on a medal in the 400m in a decision that has certainly paid off.

Sue’s Ginninderra team mates Mark Rossiter and Ken Telfer are also competing in Perth. The Boys have also ran well, sometimes into the tough Westerly Wind in Perth, however they have posted respectable performances:

Mark Rossiter: 400m Heat, 53.51s
Mark Rossiter: 200m Heat, 24.04s
Mark Rossier: 200m Semi, 23.91s
Sue Bourke: 200m Heat, 30.07s
Ken Telfer: 100m Heat, 12.32s
Ken Telfer: 100m Semi, 12.73s

With one day to go, Ken, Mark and Sue are competing for Australia in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays in their respective ages. There is a good chance of more medals to come for the Tigers and Australia in Perth.

2016 Australian Masters Athletics Champs

Ginninderra’s very own Golden Girl Sue Bourke competed in the Australian Masters Athletics 2016 Championships in Adelaide on the weekend 16-19 April.

Sue competed in the 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m events. She ran exceptionally well getting Bronze medals in the three shorter events and a Silver medal in the 400m.

Sue’s time in the 400m ranks her 5th fastest in the world this year earning her a berth in Australia’s 4x400m Relay Team for the upcoming World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth (26 October – 6 November 2016).

Sue who is also ranked 15th fastest in the world in the 100m and 12th fastest in the 200m, will compete in these Individual events as well as possibly in the 4x100m team to be announced closer to the Championships.


Golden Tiger on show at Alice Springs Masters Games

Ginninderra’s Sue Bourke represented UCGAC and the ACT with pride last weekend as she competed at the 15th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide.

Super quick Sue competed in the 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m events, winning 3 out of 4 events and finishing second in the 100m. Her performances earned her two new State Records as she lowered the best times in the 60m and 100m.

The Australian Masters Games is a biennial sporting event that is regarded as one of the premier and largest participation sporting events on the Australian sporting landscape.

Over 10,000 participants competed across approximately 60 different sports. The event is open to anyone. The only criteria to compete in the Australian Masters Games is that you must meet the minimum age requirement, which in most sports is 30+ years. It does not impose qualifying standards and welcomes participants from all over the world.

Doing athletics is also a great way to increase agility, speed, flexibility, strength and endurance for any of the 60 different sports on offer at the Masters Games.

So if you’d like to prepare for the next Masters Games in 2017 or the Alice Springs Masters Games next October (2016), now is the time to join the Tigers and enjoy the social side of the sport, attend a training session and participate in our regular non-competitive events aimed at everyone.