Australian Half Marathon Championships - Sunday 19 August - Sunshine Coast QLD
Australian Marathon Championships - Sunday 16 September - Sydney NSW
Athletics Tasmania will look to send a strong team to defend their 2017 medal winning performances to both the Australian Marathon Championships (Sydney) and the Australian Half Marathon Championships (Sunshine Coast) later this year. Tasmania has always had a strong reputation in these events, and this has continued with a number of medals, both individual and team, in recent years.
Selectors have named one of the largest teams in history to represent Tasmania in the Australian Marathon & Half Marathon Championships for 2018.
The Australian Marathon Championships will be held in Sydney, in conjunction with the Sydney Marathon on September 16, while the Half Marathon Championship will be held in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Half Marathon (QLD) on August 19.
The Marathon team will see a number of debutants, along with returning athletes in the Tasmanian colours, with Sandy Bay’s Mark HINDER and Anthony GANGELL being joined by Eastern Suburbs athletes Drew LATHAM, Jarrod GIBSON, David CHADWICK and Ali FOOT as they look at improving on 2017’s team Bronze medal, while in the women’s event, Gabby WILSON (Eastern Suburbs) will be joined by 3 debutants, Naomi BALMER (Eastern Suburbs), Bonnie DAVIES (Tasmanian Masters) and Jess SCHMIDT (Sandy Bay), as they look to conquer the streets of Sydney.
Prior to that, an equally strong team will head to Alexandra Headland for the fast flat half marathon course. The men’s team of Michael DAVIS (Northern Suburbs), Anthony GANGELL (Sandy Bay), Josh DURNO (Northern Suburbs, Matthew ZEGVELD (Newstead) and David O’BRIEN (Northern Suburbs) will also be looking to improve on last year’s Bronze medal, while the females will field a team of 5 for the first time in a number of years. Having returned from a number of years in Melbourne, North Launceston’s Karinna FYFE will be joined by Kylie SMITH (Eastern Suburbs), Tasmanian Masters duo Kerrie ROYALS and Eve PULLAR, and Teresa SEAMAN (Sandy Bay).
Each State and Territory can enter up to 6 males and females in each event, so selectors may add athletes prior to the event in the remaining vacancies.
See the SELECTION CRITERIA for further details on the events, qualifying standards, and nomination periods.