Weekly Wrap June 7th 2024

UPCOMING AGM, Sunday, July 14, 11 am, AE Clubrooms

Athletics Essendon is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, July 14, commencing 11 am at the AE Clubrooms, MVAC.  Please come along & have your voice heard & your vote counted.  All AE members & their families are welcome!

With only 50 days until the Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Olympics in Paris, AE’s Liam Adams, Australia’s best-finishing male marathon runner at both the Rio & Tokyo Games, has been reinstated onto the Australian team!  This is absolutely sensational news for the local sparky & Club favourite & we wouldn’t be surprised if he shows the athletics world exactly why he deserves to be there with what is hopefully a stellar performance in Paris, bettering his 24th place in Tokyo & potentially a top 20 finish!  Good luck in your preparations Liam & massive congrats – we will all be cheering loudly come August 10!  Thanks to everyone who got on board to support Liam’s cause & sign the earlier petition.

Pencil this one into your calendars & onto your ‘must see’ list…. the ANNUAL ESSENDON GIFT IS ON SATURDAY THE 9th OF NOVEMBER, 2024 & promises to be bigger & better than ever!  AE’s Domenic Condello has been working tirelessly to sign up several new sponsors & the prize money on offer is growing!  However, there is still capacity for more sash sponsors & race sponsors so if you own or run a local business, this would be a fantastic opportunity to promote it  & help towards making this Gift, GREAT!!  There’s a strong rumour going around that an invitational high jump competition will also be taking place with some very big names appearing so there is definitely something for everyone at this event!

Please contact Domenic if you would like to know more about sponsorship or assist in any way – or 0408 898 878.


Oceania’s is conducted every two years at a different location in the Oceania region each time & incorporating many of the Pacific islands, New Zealand & of course, Australia.  This year it is taking place in the magnificent location of Suva, Fiji with more than 1000 athletes from 22 countries competing in U16, U18, U20, Seniors, Para & Masters age groups across all track & field events.  Four AE athletes were selected to represent the green & gold of Australia in what was the first international team selection for three of them & their results have been nothing short of incredible!!

GOLD – Sukhnoor Rangi (Bill Georgantas) U18 Women’s Pole Vault, 3.60m
SILVER – Khushnoor Rangi (Bill Georgantas)- U18 Women’s Pole Vault, 3.40m
SILVER – Mikeala Selaidinakos (Steve Gaffney) – Open Women’s 400m, 53.11
BRONZE – Finley Symons (Gregor Gojrzewski)- U18 Men’s 3000m, 9:13.63

Round 3 of the winter cross country season saw athletes take to the road with racing around the iconic Albert Park Lake, over 3k & 10k distances.  Essendon members repped the red & black across several age divisions with some standout & top 10 performances. The ladders look like this after 3 rounds –

  • Men, Div 2 – 13th
  • Women, Div 2 – 2nd – after two wins from three starts!
  • W20, M18 & M16 – top of their ladders after the three rounds – congrats!

Top 10 individual performances


  • M18 – Jonty Neethling – 1st, 31:26
  • Jesse Lumby – 10th, 33:58
  • M20 – Charles Barrett – 2nd, 30:39
  • James Cruse – 6th, 31:22
  • F20 – Charlotte Jackson – 7th, 39:37
  • FOP – Bianca Puglisi – 6th, 33:58
  • M14 – Lenny Gray – 7th, 10:10
  • M16 – Miles Thompson – 5th, 9:28
  • Noah Tarallo – 8th, 9:38
  • Jude Barrett – 9th, 9:41
  • Aden Thompson – 10th, 9:42
  • F14 – Isabella Howley – 9th, 11:12
  • F16 – Isabelle Kays – 6th, 10:41
  • FOP – Rebecca Pile (F40) – 7th, 13:26

ALERT!! The accolades don’t end here as AV announced today that Charles Barrett is currently the fastest U18 10km (30:39) in the World Athletics Rankings this season (Yes, No. 1!!) & Jonty Neethling is ranked No. 9 in the world with his recent 31:26 in the U18’s – amazing job boys, keep up the amazing times & we are all very proud here at Athletics Essendon!  All the best for the remaining rounds.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything we missed, by sending our secretary Rebecca an email at