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43 ACT Athletes Headed to Commonwealth Games Trials

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 | EO.AACT



43 ACT Athletes Headed to Commonwealth Games Trials

A team of 43 ACT athletes will be heading to the Gold Coast this month to compete at the 2018 Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games Trials. The championships held at the Commonwealth Games Athletics venue (Carrara Stadium) will also double as a test event ahead of the Games in April.

A number of ACT athletes will be vying for a spot on the Australian team for the Games, including two-time Olympian Lauren Wells who will be lining up in her pet event the 400m Hurdles and the Long Jump. Wells goes into the Championships with multiple A qualifier’s in the 400m Hurdles and a handful of B qualifier’s in the Long Jump. Australian Record holder and Olympian Melissa Breen will be looking to secure a spot on the Australian team going into the Championships with 2 B Qualifiers in the 100m.

Staying on the track, Canberra youngster Keely Small will contest the 800m. Small posted a B qualifier early last year with a stellar run at the Summer of Aths event in Canberra and will go into this year’s Championships as one of the youngest qualifiers. Small will be supported by coach and competing athlete Philo Saunders who will return to the Australian Championships for the 19th consecutive time in the 1500m.

In the field Kelsey-Lee Roberts will go into the Javelin with 7 A qualifier’s and will be looking to the Commonwealth Games to improve on her Bronze from 2014 in Glasgow. Coach Mike Barber will have his hands full over the championship weekend with Sophie Stanwell competing in the Heptathlon, Angus Gould in the Long Jump, Jayden Sawyer in the Para Shot Put and Para Javelin, and Eloise Millington in the Triple Jump. Stanwell finished 4th at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and no doubt will be hoping to improve on that result this year. Also in the field events World Para Champion from London 2017 Cameron Crombie will be aiming to secure his spot in the Shot Put for the games in April.

Other athletes to watch

·         Jessica Penney – Long jump. Already had 1 B qualifier

·         Jake Lappin – 1500m Wheelchair. Has an A and B qualifier and will be fighting it out with Kurt Fearnley

·         Angeline Blackburn – has returned to form in the 400m with a 53.51 this year and will be hoping to hit the 52.10 A mark on the Gold Coast

·         Emily Brichacek – 5000m. Brichacek has made a strong comeback following injury and will be looking to hit the 15.22.0 qualifier this month.

·         Scott Reardon – The Paralympic Champion and World Champion will contest the open 100m event.

Full team list below.


First Name Last Name Event Event
Lachlan Calvert Open Decathlon (Men)
 Kolya  Cook  Open Javelin  
Cameron Crombie (38) Para Shot Put
Timothy D'Abrera (20) Para 100 Metres Para 200 Metres
Adam Farlow Open 100 Metres Open 200 Metres
Lachlan Foote (45) Open 100 Metres Open 200 Metres
Yosef Gemechu Open 800 Metres
Ari Gesini (38) Open 100 Metres Open Long Jump
Angus Gould Open Long Jump
Joshua Johnson Open 5000 Metres Open 1500 Metres
Reece Langdon Open 1500 Metres Open 800 Metres
Jake Lappin (54) Para 1500 Metres Wheelchair
Nathan McNab Open 100 Metres Open 200 Metres
Chad Perris T13 Para 200 Metres
Angus Proudfoot Open 400 Metre Hurdles
Scott Reardon (42) Open 100 Metres
Nicholas Roots (44) Para Shot Put Para Discus
Philo Saunders Open 1500 Metres
Jayden Sawyer (38) Para Shot Put Para Javelin
Matthew Thompson (46) Para Javelin
Jeremy Tsuei (38) Para 100 Metres Para 200 Metres
Matthew Wecker Open Decathlon (Men) Open High Jump
First Name Last Name Event Event
Eliza Ault-Connell Para 1500 Metres Wheelchair
Kara Baker Open Hammer
Angeline Blackburn Open 200 Metres Open 400 Metres
Sarah Blizzard Open 100 Metres Open 200 Metres
Melissa Breen Open 100 Metres Open 200 Metres
Grace Brennan Open Long Jump
Emily Brichacek Open 5000 Metres
Tessa Constantine Open 400 Metre Hurdles
Olivia Jones Open High Jump
Annamaria Leszczynska Open 400 Metre Hurdles
Vanessa Low (42) Open 100 Metres Open Long Jump
Eloise Millington Open Triple Jump
Jemima Moore (54) Para 1500 Metres Wheelchair
Jessica Penney Open Long Jump
Leanne Pompeani Open 5000 Metres
Riley Proudfoot Open 400 Metre Hurdles
Kelsey-Lee Roberts Open Javelin
Keely Small Open 800 Metres
Sophie Stanwell Open Heptathlon (Women)
Andrea Thompson Open Heptathlon (Women) Open Long Jump
Lauren Wells Open 400 Metre Hurdles Open Long Jump


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