6 days ago

Eastern Suburbs

Ok, the news you have been waiting for is here. Subject to our COVID 19 plan being approved in time, cross country will be back starting Saturday 11 July at Bellerive Beach.

A couple of significant changes for this year, the most significant relating to registration. In order to compete this year, you do need to be registered by 8pm on the Friday night before the event. The link to register with ESAC is below.

The other significant change for this year only, is that there will be no entry fees for the weekly events, so the $30 for registration should be all you pay for hopefully 10 runs.

Contact us if any questions, or register below if you haven't already. Athletics South Winter Season is back!

Subject to the approval of a COVID Safety Plan by AT, we are planning to commence at 10am on Saturday 11 July with the Graeme Cruise Memorial at Bellerive Beach.

Due to restrictions and hygiene measures associated with COVID-19, there will be a number of changes to our usual format, including:

* No entry fees
* No provision of drinks
* No club tents for the first few weeks

Whilst entry is free each week participants MUST be registered with a club beforehand in order to compete. This is an essential requirement under our COVID Safety Plan in order to keep track of participants for potential contact tracing purposes and will be strictly enforced.

Further details and official confirmation will be posted shortly but for now pencil in 11 July as the likely start date.
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3 weeks ago

Eastern Suburbs

Congratulations to the Eastern Suburbs members named in the Athletics Tasmania TTP squad for 2020/21.

Luke PALMER, Olivia JONES, Isabella Hippel, Ed GOLDING and Jessica BRAY.ANNOUNCEMENT: We're pleased to announce the 32 #athstas athletes named in the 2020/21 TTP Squad! 🤩

In partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, the Target Talent Program (TTP) aims to identify and assist in developing talented, emerging athletes aged 13-19, with the potential and motivation to attain national representative standards.

Along with their personal coaches, we congratulate the following members on their selection:

Emily Aichberger (Para Distance)
Ella Atkins (Distance)
Anna Blackwell (Walks)
Will Bottle (Walks)
Jessica Bray (Multi-Event)
Max Brideson (Sprints/Jumps)
Abbie Butler (Distance)
Sam Clifford (Distance)
Raphaela Corney (Pole Vault)
Julia Direen (Throws)
Anais Fitzpatrick (Pole Vault)
Lachlan Fox (Distance)
Ed Golding (Distance)
Isabella Hippel (Throws)
Mikayla Ireland (Distance)
Olivia Jones (Multi-Event)
Caleb Kirkpatrick (Throws)
Alexander Kwa (Distance)
Zoe Laurenson (Pole Vault)
Natalie Leszczynski (Throws)
Taia Lette (High Jump)
Alexander McKillop (Para Sprints)
Harrison McLeod (Sprints)
Oliver Morgan (Walks)
Darcy Noonan (Multi-Event)
Luke Palmer (Distance)
Benjamin Potter (Jumps)
Aaron Rigby (Sprints)
Will Robertson (Walks)
Chelsea Scolyer (Sprints)
Rachel Tolson (Para Sprints)
Tom Winkel (Distance)

Due to COVID-19, the current program features a stronger emphasis on online components for the educational aspects - however will see athletes come together for their first training day on the 26th July at the Domain Athletics Centre.

The Tasmanian TTP, which is part of a national program, has gone from strength to strength over the past few years - as we recognise the awesome contributions from Yvette Edwards and Susan Andrews in both coordinating and facilitating the program.

Our social media team are also on board for the current season, as we look forward to promoting the athletes and their achievements in 2020/21.
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3 weeks ago

Eastern Suburbs

Some great news from Athletics South, with the lights being back on at the DAC during AS booking times (5pm-7pm Tues/Thur).
Don't forget for tonight, group sizes are still limited to 20, and restrictions for COVID 19 plans continue to be in place.Subject to the provisions of our COVID Safety Plan, we are able to resume our regular booking of the DAC with lights on from tonight.
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3 weeks ago

Eastern Suburbs

It is with great sadness that Eastern Suburbs acknowledge that passing of Life Member and Vice Patron Bill HALLEY on Wednesday June 10.

Bill was a foundation member of the Eastern Suburbs Harrier Club in 1955, and was awarded Life Membership in 1976, alongside Barrie WISE.

Bill had remained an active supporter of the Club through some recent illnesses, being a regular attendee at Reunion Day and Club award nights and AGMs.

Our thoughts go out to Bill's family.
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4 weeks ago

Eastern Suburbs

As the naming of the Athletics South Team of the Decade wraps up, with the final team, we congratulate our 3 members of the Women's 4 x 400m Relay team.

Congratulations to Samantha Jane Lind, Claudia Nicklason and Michelle Cockerell who are joined by OVA's Maddy Scott to make up this team.AS Team of the Decade

Women’s 4 x 400m Relay

Samantha Lind – ESAC
Claudia Nicklason – ESAC
Michelle Cockerell – ESAC
Madeline Scott - OVA

Our women’s 4 x 400m relay team is made up of 2014 World Junior representative Sam Lind (53.67), the supremely talented junior Claudia Nicklason (55.42), the experienced Michelle Cockerell (56.55) and 2014 Oceania Junior Championship representative Maddy Scott (56.56).
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1 month ago

Eastern Suburbs

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1 month ago

Eastern Suburbs

As expected, the Athletics South Team of the Decade 4 x 100m Women's Relay team has a very strong red and white flavour with all 4 members having represented Eastern Suburbs, Kiara Calvert, Kiani Allen and Caitlin Newson through to Open, and Bec Kovacic as a junior.

Both Kiara and Caitlin have been crowned Tasmanian 100m Open Champion during the decade, and along with Kiani have all been members of ESAC teams which have won the Tasmanian 4 x 100m Open Champion Crown.

Congratulations to all.AS Team of the Decade

Women’s 4 x 100m

Kiara Calvert - ESAC
Kiani Allen - ESAC
Bec Kovacic - ESAC/OVA
Caitlin Newson - ESAC

The dominant female sprinter of the decade in Kiara Calvert (11.92), teams up with her heir apparent Kiani Allen (12.04), talented junior Bec Kovacic (12.22) and seasoned campaigner Caitlin Newson (12.28) to make up our women’s 4 x 100m relay team.
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1 month ago

Eastern Suburbs

The final throws position in the Athletics South Team of the Decade goes to Rebecca Direen in the women's Shot Put.

Bec remains the ESAC Shot put record holder for U/18 through to Open, as well as U/14, and is also the U/20 and Open Javelin record holder.

A great Club representative up until her move to South Australia for study.

Congratulations Bec.AS Team of the Decade

Women’s Shot Put - Rebecca Direen (ESAC)

The dominant shot putter of the first half of the decade, with six State Open titles in a row from 2010 to 2015.

Coached by Peter McDonald, with assistance from the late John Peacock, Rebecca represented Australia at four successive Oceania Championships, winning gold in 2011 in Samoa, gold in 2012 in Cairns, silver in 2013 in Papeete and silver in 2014 in Rarotonga.

In September 2014, she won the shot put event at the Australian University Games in Sydney and two months later threw a PB of 14.24m to move to second on the Tasmanian All Time list behind Greta Larsen.

A regular at AS Interclub, she won the shot put at Reunion Day in 2014 and repeated this result at the 2015 Briggs Athletic Classic.

A stand out selection for the AS Team of the Decade.
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1 month ago

Eastern Suburbs

Alice Cox, another former Eastern Suburbs thrower, takes the Female Discus spot in the Athletics South Team of The Decade.

One of three sisters to represent Eastern Suburbs in their younger years, Alice's 42.94 remains the ESAC record from U/16 through to Open.AS Team of the Decade

Women’s Discus - Alice Cox (ESAC/UTAS)

Coached initially by Peter McDonald before moving to Evan Peacock’s squad, Alice made her mark in the women’s discus with three straight State Open titles from 2014 -2016.

She set a new Tasmanian U/15 record of 39.10m in 2013 and the following year added the State U/16 Record to her collection with a throw of 42.94m.

She won the discus at the 2015 Briggs Classic with a throw of 41.04m and followed up by placing 6th at the Australian U/18 titles that same year.

Her PB of 44.56m in 2015 ranks her 3rd on the Tasmanian All Time List and an obvious choice for selection in our Team of the Decade.

Photo credit - Darren Alomes
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1 month ago

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Next up in the Athletics South Team of the Decade and the Discus nod goes to Chris Edwards, after a distinguished career in the throws area.

A lifelong ESAC athlete, we hope to see him return as he nears the benchmark of Masters competition eligibility 🙂AS Team of the Decade

Men’s Discus - Chris Edwards (ESAC)

Coached by Peter McDonald, Chris was a stalwart of the throws throughout the first half of the decade.

He could have been selected in the shot put, the event in which he has won multiple State Open titles and has a PB of 12.99m set in 2012.

However, the discus is the event in which he has achieved his highest ranking on the Tasmanian All Time List, with his throw of 41.65m to win the silver medal at the 2011 titles placing him 18th.

With podium finishes in the State Open Championships in the discus from 2011 to 2015 and with the Peacock brothers already selected, his place on the team is more than justified.

Photo credit - Jarrod Gibson
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1 month ago

Eastern Suburbs

Eastern Suburbs passes on condolences to the family of John Peacock on his passing.

John had a great influence on many athletes over his time involved with athletics, including a number of Eastern Suburbs athletes.

John will be sadly missed.VALE JOHN PEACOCK

The University of Tasmania Athletics Club is saddened by the passing of founding member John Peacock.

A teacher by trade, John taught at Elizabeth College where he introduced, and actively promoted the subject of Sport Science. John’s passion for athletic pursuits and encouraging an active, healthy, lifestyle saw him coach various sports throughout his time. Gymnastics, diving, squash and AFL all benefited at one stage or another from his guidance, however it is athletics where his legacy will most live on.

For more than a decade, John joined son Evan in developing athletes, particularly in the throwing disciplines. While Evan largely oversaw the technical side of the throws, John delivered his agility program to the squad, teaching athletes the benefits of flexibility, balance and control. Games were used to engage athletes, with the focus always on the fun side of sport, while assisting athletes in developing to be the best they could be. John focused on measuring athlete’s improvement in areas outside of the field of play, and the improved results always reflected improved results in competition. He was also a strong proponent of embracing the psychological side of sports performance; visualising the throw was always encouraged, ‘look at where you want it to land’ was often heard, as was ‘performance is 95% mental’.

John had a fondness for Shot Put and would generally oversee the training of this event for the squad. He put the Shot himself as a junior athlete and in recent years, taught many the explosive skills required to improve in the event. Rebecca Direen and Alice Cox benefited greatly from John’s dedication, both showing significant improvement under his tutelage, with Alice etching her name in the record books on more than one occasion.

While the many athletes John supported enjoyed success at State, National & International levels, including grandsons Hamish and Huw, and squad members Geoff Gibbons, Danni McConnell & Mikayla Genge, John was just as happy to help those who were starting out in the sport. Junior athletes, Emily Canham, James Gravina & Julia Direen all enjoyed the benefits brought about by his agility programs. Masters athlete Geoff Gibbons was an enthusiastic participant in the agility sessions, Geoff’s fondness for John and his guidance were evident to all - and the feeling was mutual, with John often expressing his immense respect for Geoff and his many achievements.

A keen gardener, John would regularly arrive at the track with bags of vegetables fresh from his garden to share with anyone who would enjoy them. Silver beet, zucchini's & tomatoes among his harvest, some would make their way back to him after being converted to soups or frittata’s, though it was never expected. John also loved to exercise, it was a regular sight to see him walking through North Hobart, or up Cleary Gates to the track for training. Lifts were often offered, and mostly refused, until the darkness of Hobart’s Winter set in and he was quietly relieved for a lift home.

As an art enthusiast, John paid particular interest in the works of those studying the subject, always with kind words of support and encouragement. In fact, he showed an interest in all study undertaken by the squad, though long retired from teaching, his desire to see those around him improve themselves through education was evident.

While health troubles have kept him away from the track over the past 18 months, John did join us briefly in February to watch Hamish compete in an invitational Javelin event at the Domain. With his ‘Johnpa’ watching on, Hamish launched the spear beyond the 80m mark for the first time in two years. John's pride was on display that day, as it always was when speaking of his family.

John’s positive impact on the sport will be felt for many years to come. Always the teacher, his training methods have formed part of the programs our next generation of coaches are implementing with their athletes today.

Our sincere condolences to the Peacock family.

“The Coach is first of all a Teacher” John Wooden
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1 month ago

Eastern Suburbs

Continuing on with the Eastern Suburbs throwers in the Athletics South Team of the Decade, and 4 time ESAC Athlete of the Year Danni McConnell gets the nod.

Danni was the last female to win the Athletics South Medal, preceding Hamish Peacock's recent run of victories, and remains our most recent Australian Open representative.

Congratulations Danni.AS Team of the Decade

Women’s Hammer – Danielle McConnell (ESAC)

Danni followed her older brother Chris into the sport, competing in a range of events throughout Little Athletics.

At the age of 13, she tried her hand at the hammer throw and under the guidance of coach Evan Peacock, improved rapidly.

She won the State Open title in 2010 and the following year, won the first of three-consecutive National U/20 titles and was selected to compete at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships.

The next year she was again selected to represent Australia, on this occasion to compete at the World Junior Championships in Spain.

Along the way, she set new Tasmanian U/18, U/19, U/20 and Open Records before heading to America to study a degree in Arts at the University of Alabama.

In 2017, she pushed her PB and State Open Record out to 63.15m, which was also a Commonwealth Games B qualifier.

In early 2018, she travelled back to Australia for the National Championships and Commonwealth Games trials, ultimately gaining selection for the Gold Coast Games, where she finished 8th with a throw of 59.60m.

Danni pips fellow 2012 World Junior Championship representative Mikayla Genge for the hammer throw spot in the AS Team of the Decade.

Photo - Alabama Track & Field
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1 month ago

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Congratulations to another former ESAC member, Huw Peacock, on being named the male Hammer thrower in the Athletics South Team of the Decade.

Huw holds every ESAC Hammer record from U/13 through to Open (67.22 in 2014) and continued to improve on this distance after his change of clubs.AS Team of the Decade

Men’s Hammer – Huw Peacock (ESAC/UTAS)

Huw’s affinity for the hammer was evident at an early age, finishing 2nd in the National U/20 Championships in 2008 at the age of just 15.

Later that year he competed for Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games placing 5th and in 2009, produced a PB of 70.66m with the 5kg hammer at the World Youth Games in Italy to again finish in 5th place.

He finished runner up to Richard Meiring in the 2010 and 2011 State Open Championships but broke through the following year for his first of nine straight titles.

He finished on the podium at the National Open Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and was selected for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Over the next few years, he consistently threw the hammer around the 67m mark and added to his tally of National medals with a silver in 2016 and a bronze in 2017.

In October 2017, he raised his PB to 68.48m, placing him 2nd on the Tasmanian All Time List behind Dave Huxley and 16th on the National All Time Rankings.

At the Australian Championships in February 2018, he placed fourth and was later named as the third Australian in the team for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

In 2019, he added another National silver medal to his collection to add to his credentials as one of Australia’s best hammer throwers of the decade.

Photo credit - UTAS AC
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