Vale Damien O’Shea

damienimgGlenhuntly Athletics members and friends are in shock at the sudden passing of one of our much loved Hunters, Damien O’Shea. Damien was a quality athlete in his competitive days, respected by team mates and opponents alike. He influenced the development of so many young people through his unique personal and personable style of coaching at Glenhuntly and many local schools. His reach into the community through his personal training of people of all ages and abilities, including at local nursing homes, was a measure of the man.

Our sincere condolences to Raechel, Ben and Darcy and to Damien’s extended family and friends to whom he was so committed.

We will miss you Damo but are so glad you were a part of our lives.


30 Club Members win 11 medals (8 GOLD) with 7 breaking 15 club records; Outstanding.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS- OPEN, AMBULANT AND UNDERAGE                                                                 2017

What a fantastic Championship for our Athletes. There were some stunning results and a spate of Club Records and Medals.

Congratulations to ALL who took part in what was a fantastic climax to our summer season. (still Stawell Gift and Aust Little Aths and Masters to come later).

These represent some of best results for many years.


There were many many highlights and at the risk of singling one out I would like to mention 18yo Christine Byrne’s Club Record 100m in winning GOLD in the 100m in Club OPEN Record time of 11.69. This breaks a record set by the great late Wendy Hayes,  who was the Club’s first women to represent the Club in the Empire Games (1958 in Cardiff). Her record of (11.6h)11.84 had stood for 58 years (with Katie Chivers and Ellia Green running close electronic equivalents).  A really top effort Christine, and of course well done to your coach (club coach Terri Cater).

Age Athlete Event Place Performance
  Simone McInnes 10km W 4th Club Record



  Anna Saw 1500m 13th 4:30.38
    800m 26th 2:16.24
  Ashleigh Horrobin 400m H 6th 61.71Q 59.89q       60.73
  Cassie Higham 3km Stp 8th 11:04.16
  Emily McLean 400m H 17th 63.80
  Ryan Gregson 1500m GOLD 3:47.74Q         3:52.86
  Rhydian Cowley 10km W SILVER 41:35.60
  Nicholas Hum Long J 23rd 6.76m
  Spencer Brown 100m 31st 11.15
Open Amb Nicholas Hum T20/F20 Long J GOLD 7.11m
  Russell Short T12/F12 Discus GOLD 39.32m
    Shot Put BRONZE 13.01m
U20 Christine Byrne 100m GOLD Club Record

Open, U18, U19, U20                      11.69

    200m BRONZE 24.34Q         24.39
  Samantha Miller Javelin 15th 32.38m
  Daniel Hamilton 1500m 18th 4:05.90
    800m 27th 1:58.05
  Haftu Strintzos 5000m SILVER 14:45.67
  Sam Toll 5000m 7th 15:15.81
U18 Liam Halloran 1500m 21st 4:08.40
    800m 18th 1:57.60
  Yotam Kimchi Triple J 11th 12.70m
U17 Sophie O’Sullivan 1500m GOLD Club Record

U16, U17, U18                 4:29.17

    800m GOLD Club Record

U16, U17, U18

2:12.26Q         2:10.00

  Jemma Stapleton 400m H 12th 68.57
    100m H 9th 14.76
  Alana Porter Triple J 7th 10.95m
  Juliet McBurney 3000m 16th 12:06.48
  Adam Spencer 800m GOLD Club Record


1:57.22Q         1:53.98

  Alistair Strutt 2km Stp 12th 6:34.60
  Edward Marks 3000m 8th 9:05.47
U16 Aisling O’Connor- Buckley 90m H 12th Club Record



U15 Lochlan Curry High J GOLD 1.87m
Gemma Craddock 200m H 18th 32.24
    80m H 4th Club Record

U13, U14

13.53q                   13.16

    Javelin 4th 33.22m
U14 Sophie Hanlon 800m 10th 2:22.94
  James Harper Javelin 7th 30.06m


MASTERS excel in Vic Masters Titles; 19 GOLD. (32 medals and 3 Victorian Records).


What an outstanding championships for our Masters athletes. Twelve of them contested these championships, earning 32 medals (19 GOLD, 5 SILVER, and 8 BRONZE). In addition there were 3 victorian records set as well as a number of club age records. Marlene Gourlay contested 8 events for 5 Gold and 3 Bronze, set age 65+ records galore. Alex Newman was fantastic . in the Pole Vault for 3.80m setting a Masters Club Record held since the late 1970s by former Club Captain Ian Sivell. Gwen Steed had 2 GOLDS in the walks in the over 70s while Leigh Phelan and Russell Short made Victorian Records in their events. Well done ALL. Magnificent. Vic

Age Athlete Event Place Performance
30-34 Josh Plante Shot 7.26m SILVER 10.26m
40-44 Alex Newman 100m 5th 12.74
    Javelin 800g GOLD 35.15m
    60m 8th 8.23
    Discus 2kg BRONZE 32.12m
    Shot 7.26kg BRONZE 9.89m
    Pole Vault GOLD Club Rec3.80m
  Peter Macknamara 3km Steeple GOLD 10:36.11
  Leigh Phelan 60m GOLD Vic Rec         7.26
    200m GOLD 22.36
45-49 Kurt Golonka 400m SILVER Age CR       55.68
    60m SILVER 8.22
    200m SILVER 25.28
    800m 6th 2:25.97
  Mickael Soussan 1500m BRONZE 4:43.55
    800m SILVER 2:14.93
  Russell Short Discus 2kg GOLD 38.64m
    Shot 7.26kg GOLD Vic Rec14.58m
50-54 Andrew Crawley Javelin 700g BRONZE 30.31m
    Hammer 6kg GOLD 28.87m
    Weight Toss GOLD 11.08m
    Pole Vault GOLD 2.30m
    Shot 6kg GOLD 9.75m
    Discus 1.5kg GOLD 32.27m
  Joe Zammit Shot 6kg SILVER 9.64m


Age Athlete Event Place Performance
50-54 Louise McLean 100m 5th 16.05
    60m 4th 9.89
    200m BRONZE 34.10
65-69 Marlene Gourlay 1500m GOLD 6:19.57
    100m BRONZE 18.11
    2km Steeple GOLD Vic Rec   9:41.24
    400m GOLD 84.47
    5000m GOLD 22:53.82
    60m BRONZE 11.30
    200m BRONZE 38.43
    800m GOLD 3:21.00
70-74 Gwen Steed 3000mW GOLD 12:18.33
  1500m W GOLD 9:57.25