UWAAC are grateful to the Friends of UWA Athletics for both the committee’s contribution and the personal donation to provide financial support to our three athletes traveling overseas for the Oceania Athletics Championships or the World University Games.
Congratulations to our three athletes who represented Australia at the recent Oceania Athletics Championships – Allison Nankivell, Alain Dutton and Keely Waters.
Alain Dutton took out the gold in the 800m and 1500m and a 4th place finish with the Australian team in the 4x400m to top off a great competition. Alain’s first place finish in the 800m was matched by training partner Keely Waters in the women’s event, who had close competition from her compatriot Tia Brady. Their performances were a credit to their coach Ben Green of Front Runner Sports.
Allison Nankivell produced a huge jump of 12.91 in the triple jump to take home the silver medal.
“The experience was fantastic. To be able to compete at an international level, wearing the green and gold was such a proud moment for me. The Fijian crowds were very entertaining and created such an exciting atmosphere with all their cheering. It really got the adrenaline pumping! The conditions were trying at times and the track was very unforgiving, but it all adds to the experience and helps us learn to adapt to whatever conditions we’re dealt to compete in. Team UWA put in a solid effort and we came out with two gold and one silver, but we couldn’t have done it without the support from all of you guys back home, so thank you so much!”
August sees two UWAAC athletes taking on the world, with Liz Parnov selected for the 2017 IAAF World Championships commencing in London this week and Stephen Clough in the FISU World University Games in Taipei, 19-30 August 2017. The duo are both coached by Alex Parnov and will be well prepared to take on the tough competition on the world stage.
For photos from our athletes, please see the Oceania Athletics Championships gallery below.