Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club

Registration for the 2019-20 athletics season is now available

Cross Country

Cross Country (Out of Stadium) Competition with Eastern Suburbs is summed up as a Fun Run every Saturday morning, followed by a cup of coffee with friends.

Eastern Suburbs members participate in the Athletics South Out of Stadium season, which runs from April to September at various locations around the greater Hobart area. They also represent the Club in Tasmanian Cross Country and Road Running Championships (including Marathon/Half Marathon) conducted by Athletics Tasmania across the year.

Cross country has the appeal that the whole family can compete on the same course at the same time, without having to sit around and wait for different age groups. All Saturday morning runs start at 10am, with a nominal weekly entry fee.

Members can be any age from 9 upwards and we are proud to have a number of families who have 2 and even 3 generations competing regularly each Saturday morning.

Take the next step up from just doing the regular Tasmanian Fun Run Calendar, and experience the fun and personal development with encouragement from like minded people on a weekly basis.

Ober the long involvement of Eastern Suburbs in Cross Country, we have been proud to have a large number of athletes representing Tasmania at all distances from Schools and under age Cross Country, to the Australian Marathon/Half marathon Championships, as well as at Masters (Over 30) level at Australian and International level.

But just as importantly, we are immensely proud of our long history of people who proudly wear the red and white in local competitions and fun runs accompanied by a huge smile, regardless of where they finish in the event, and with their personal goals in mind.


3 hours ago

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Another former Eastern Suburbs athlete named in the Athletics South Team of the Decade with Raphaela Corney being named for the pole vault.

Raph only had limited participation in pole vault before changing clubs, however she does hold the Club U/15 record with 2.51m.

Congratulations RaphAS Team of the Decade

Women’s Pole Vault – Raphaela Corney (ESAC/UTAS)

Raph commenced her athletics career primarily as a middle-distance runner, with her most notable achievement being a win in the City to Casino 2.7km event in 2012.

After a few years of experimenting with pole vault she made the decision to focus on the event in 2014.

With a background in gymnastics she was well suited to the strength and agility requirements of this event.

She won the first of seven consecutive State Open women’s pole vault titles in 2014 and in 2015, had her first taste of national success with a bronze medal at the Australian Juniors followed by a silver medal at the Australian All Schools Championships later that year.

She went one better the following year with a win in the National U/16 Championships with a clearance of 3.45m and added a bronze medal to her collection competing in the U/17 age group.

Her performances were recognised by named in the Australian Under 17 Development Squad in 2016 and again in 2017.

At the 2016 Australian All Schools, she took out both the U/16 and U/18 pole vault events and went on to defended her age group title at both the 2017 and 2018 National Underage Championships.

With coach James Fitzpatrick overseeing her program, she proceeded to break a number of State junior records and in 2018, eclipsed Danielle Dwyer’s mark of 3.75m to claim the Open Women’s record.

In 2019, she was rewarded with selection in the Australian team for the Oceania Championships in Townsville, where she won a silver medal with a clearance of 3.80m.

She has since advanced her own State Record to 3.90m to be Tasmania’s undisputed queen of the women’s pole vault for the decade and indeed of all time.
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Continuing the Eastern Suburbs theme in the Athletics South Team of the Decade Vertical Jumps, is Tasmanian record holder Matt Hosie getting the nod for the Pole Vault.

Another multiple Tasmanian Champion and representative, as well as Oceania Championships representative to be congratulated on his long list of performances across all events, but particularly in the Pole Vault.AS Team of the Decade

Men’s Pole Vault - Matt Hosie (ESAC)

Matt is an athlete of many talents who had a successful Little Athletics career that culminated in a bronze medal in the U/15 multi event at the 2013 ALAC Championships.

He made a seamless transition to Senior Athletics, winning a gold medal in the decathlon at the 2014 National and Oceania titles in a new State U/17 record.

The following year, he represented Australia at the Oceania Youth Athletics Championships, winning gold in the Octathlon in a meet record of 5647 points.

In 2016, he took out the State Open pole vault title after consecutive silver medals behind Geoff Gibbons the previous two years.

His rapid improvement in this event saw him set new State marks for U/19 and U/20 age groups, along the way breaking Steven Knott’s State Open Record of 4.50m set in 1980.

He claimed a gold medal at the 2017 National U/20 Championships and in 2018 upped his State Open record to 4.90m

A hat trick of State Open titles in 2019 underlined his dominance of the pole vault event for the second half of this decade.
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Another well deserved spot in the Athletics South Team of the Decade with Dr Joel Mason getting the nod for an extended period of excellence in the High Jump.

As mentioned, Joel showed great loyalty to ESAC, remaining a registered member, and a regular visitor and representative, for a number of years while studying at Melbourne University. Joel was also insistent on competing in his ES singlet at Australian Championships for many years.

Now residing in Germany, his contribution to athletics, and sport in general, continues to grow through his extensive research and teaching.

Congratulations JoelAS Team of the Decade

Men’s High Jump - Joel Mason (ESAC)

The dominant AS high jumper of the decade with consistent clearances around the 1.95m mark as shown in his progression:

2010 - 1.99m
2011 - 1.95m
2012 - 1.95m
2013 - 2.00m
2014 - 1.95m
2015 - 1.95m
2016 - 1.95m
2017 - 1.98m
2018 - 1.90m

Initially coached by his father Wayne, he won both the State U/20 and Open High Jump titles in 2010 and 2011.

He completed the hat trick of Open titles in 2012 and the following year cracked the 2m barrier.

Upon relocating to Melbourne to pursue his sports science degree, he linked up with coach Sandro Bisetto and joined the Melbourne University Athletics Club.

However, he maintained his registration with the Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club, returning to Tasmania on a regular basis to pick up three more State High Jump titles in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Whilst Mitchell Walker May have leaped higher (with his 2.04m set at the Australian All Schools meet in 2013), for sheer consistency of quality high jumping, you can go past Joel Mason.

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Track And Field

2019-20 Athletics South Summer Program

Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club has been a major Club within the Tasmanian athletics scene for more than 65 years, having been formed in 1955.

Have you ever dreamed of representing Australia at an Olympic or Commonwealth Games. Or do you just like to challenge yourself by taking part in regular competition with a great bunch of friends.

Over the years, many ESAC members have experienced both of the above, as well as every other emotion and achievement in between.

We offer a friendly welcoming environment into the sport of athletics, regardless of your ambition, ability, motivation or goal.

Competition in Track and Field is conducted by Athletics South at the Domain Athletic Centre from October until March, as well as the opportunity to compete at Tasmanian Championship level at various age groups.

We also offer opportunities in officiating, an area in which you can also reach levels such as Olympic Games officiating, just as easily as you can be trained to hold a tape or rake a pit, key roles in athletics competition at any level, from interclub to international.

Come along and try the sport before you make a commitment, or if you are ready for the next step into competition, clink on the “Join” button above. There is no regular commitment, if you are there on competition day, you will have our full support, and if you don’t feel like it, come along anyway and we will put a smile on your face and encourage you to compete.

We welcome members aged from 9 to 90, and if you are younger, contact us and we will put you in contact with the Little Athletics Centres we associate with, and they will help you out until you turn 9.


Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club

Eastern Suburbs Athletic Club has been in existence for more than 65 years, during which time it has grown to be one of the most successful clubs in Tasmania, having won Athletics South Premierships and Athletics Tasmania Club Awards regularly. We cater for all levels of athletes, in all events. We have qualified coaches in all areas, throws, sprints, jumps and distance, who cater to all levels of ability.

Eastern Suburbs also cater for the social side of athletics with regular newsletters and social activities, throughout both summer and winter competitions. We also undertake extensive fun fund raising activities, which allow us to support financially athletes who may travel to the mainland for competitions.

So whether you are interested in athletics to meet new people and have fun, or if you consider yourself an Olympic prospect, please contact us. We have athletes ranging in age from 10 up to well over 50.

One of the highlights of our season is the Round The River Run which is held in March/April each year.