Tassie’s best ready to defend their track record
at ATLAS #4 - Friday 4 January, Domain Athletics Centre, Hobart
Tasmania’s best track and field athletes, including Commonwealth Games representatives Hamish and Huw Peacock, will be looking to get their 2019 campaign underway with some quality performances in the fourth Athletics Tasmania ATLAS Meet on Friday 4 January at the Domain Athletics Centre. However, Tasmania’s best are unlikely to have it all their own way with several interstate athletes already confirming their participation in the meet, and others hopefully on the way.
At the top of the list for Tasmanian athletics is two-time Commonwealth Games medallist Hamish Peacock. Peacock will be competing in his favoured javelin for the first time this summer, looking to build form ahead of defending his Australian title in April before heading to Europe later in the year. Hammer thrower Huw Peacock, who joined his brother at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year will also be competing as a build up to hopefully claiming a maiden Australian championship later in the season.
This season has already seen a string of great sprint races among the top men and women in Tasmania. The women will get a chance to compete against one of Australia’s rising sprint stars as Mia Gross will be racing at ATLAS. Gross competed in the 200m at the World Under 20 Championships in Finland earlier this year. In Hobart she will be up against the likes of Kiara Chambers, Bec Kovacic and others in the 100m.
In the pole vault Olivia Gross (Victoria) and Raphaela Corney will resume their battle after taking out the gold and silver medals at the Australian All Schools Championships in Cairns earlier this month. Corney will be looking to defend her home track, having never been beaten in Tasmania in her preferred event. The men’s pole vault will feature the gold medallists from the past two Australian under 20 Championships with Matt Hosie (2017 Australian champion) taking on the current champion Dalton Di Medio from Victoria.
Other events on the night include the women’s hammer, featuring Julia Direen, who continued her recent string of medal-winning performances at the Australian All Schools this month, a men’s and women’s 1500m and a men’s long jump.
The ATLAS Meet #4 will feature the following events:
MEN: 100m, 1500m, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw
WOMEN: 100m, 1500m, Pole Vault, Hammer Throw
MIXED: U16, U18 and Open 4x400m Relays (inaugural Tasmanian Championships)
The first event will begin at 6:30 pm and the last event is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm.
The ATLAS Meets are an initiative of Athletics Tasmania and are designed to showcase Tasmania’s best athletes competing against each other and visiting interstate athletes in an entertaining, short format athletics meet.
For further details or interviews, contact Stuart Corney (Stuart.Corney@utas.edu.au or 0437159399).