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13 WA Open Athletes Selected for the 2019 Oceania Area Championships

13 WA Open Athletes Selected for the 2019 Oceania Area Championships

Author: waadmin/Thursday, 2 May 2019/Categories: News, Featured

A total of 26 West Australian athletes are set to compete at the 2019 Oceania Area Championships this June, with Athletics Australia confirming the Open Team this week. Our athletes in the Under 18 and U20 Team previously announced, will be joined by an additional 13 WA athletes in what is sure to be an exciting opportunity to don the green and gold.

In the track events, Bernadette Williams and Matthew Ramsden will represent Australia in the 1500m. Bernadette, coached by correspondence by Bruce Scriven, continued her successful season at the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships, finishing with a bronze medal and an outstanding personal best of 4:15.25. Matthew, coached by Nic Bideau, finished 4th at the Championships, in an extremely close final. Matthew holds an impressive personal best of 3:39.39 and recently claimed victory in the 2019 Gallipoli Run.

Brianna Beahan, coached by Ryan Purcell has been selected to compete in the Open Women’s 100m Hurdles after a stellar performance at the Australian Athletics Championships, finishing second and producing a season’s best of 13.11.

Ian Dewhurst, coached by Marilyn Pearson, has been selected to compete in the Open Men’s 400m Hurdles, after his successful season, where he defended his national title and ran impressive 50.29.

WA men dominated the Open Men’s Pole Vault at the Australian Athletics Championships and resulted in Angus Armstrong, Declan Carruthers and Stephen Clough being selected to compete at the Oceania Area Championships. It’s set to be a close competition, with the trio holding personal bests of 5.52m, 5.60m and 5.45m respectively.

Nina Kennedy and Liz Parnov have both been selected to compete in the Open Women’s Pole Vault. Nina is a 2018 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist, holding an impressive personal best of 4.71m. Liz also represented Australia in her third Commonwealth Games in 2018, where she placed 5th.

In the Men’s High Jump, Grant Szalek will make his Australian debut, after he jumped 2.15m at the Australian Athletics Championships, claiming the bronze medal. Grant’s performance also granted him an automatic qualification for the World University Games, to be held in Naples this July.

Brittany Pettitt, coached by Nenad Peisker, has been selected to compete in the Open Women’s High Jump, after claiming a bronze medal at the Australian Athletics Championships, with a jump of 1.82, which equalled her personal best.

Declan Tingay coached by father, Stephen Tingay, has been selected to compete in the Open Men’s 10,000m Race Walk. Declan holds the Under 20 Men’s 10,000m record, boasting a time of 40:49.72.

In the Open Men’s Shot Put, Matthew Cowie will don the green and gold, after throwing 17.08m at the Australian Athletics Championships. Matthew is coached by Scott Martin and holds an impressive personal best of 17.91m.

Congratulations to the WA athletes and their coaches on being selected to represent Australia at the Oceania Area Championships. We wish you all the best for your training leading up to the Championships
 
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