Amiru leaps to victory: Gold at Oceania Champs

By Michael Hansford

CCA’s Amiru Chandrasena’s debut representing Australia did not fail to deliver, winning Gold and Bronze at the 2019 Oceania Area Championships.

The reigning Victorian and Australian Champion won the U18 long jump and placed third in the triple jump in Townsville three weeks ago in his first international competition, setting a long jump best of 7.33m.

The 16 year old said the excitement was “unreal” to compete at such a significant competition.

“There wasn’t any nerves going in (to the competition) as I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “There was a great atmosphere with everyone being friendly and supportive, it was an amazing experience.”

Chandrasena didn’t expect to compete in the Green and Gold so early in his career, saying that performing well at the Australian Championships was the primary focus for this season.

“Nationals was definitely the goal (for this season)” he said, “but after winning the long jump and getting second in triple jump I was told about Oceania.”

“It was hard (to keep training past Nationals) in the cold and wet … and there were a few injuries that hindered the training as well, but everything worked out,” Chandrasena said.

“It was exciting to do something new.”

 

Starting off as a sprinter, Chandrasena was drawn to the jumping events for the chilled call rooms and multiple attempts.

“I started finding my talent in jumping and pursued in improving that. I also can’t stand the anticipation of the call room before a heat or the wait before a final,” he said. “Jumping also appeals to me as you are constantly learning from every jump and have multiple chances to prove yourself.”

Chandrasena credits the support of his family and guidance of expert coach John Boas and his training squad for his success.

Boas manages the training of some of Australia’s highest pedigree jumpers, including 8 metre jumpers Darcy Roper, Christopher Mitrevski and Henry Smith.

“There is something different about training with a squad compared to by yourself that pushes you and motivates you to be better,” Chandrasena said.

His father Danuja was his first coach and continues to assist him with his training.

Chandrasena said that “The support from family is extremely important when it comes to training and a competing because you can’t always do it by yourself, and they share in losses (as well as) the wins.”

Fellow Club member Cameron Debruin also competed at the Oceania Championships, coming second in the U20 100m, first in the 200m and first in the 4x100m relay.

Follow the boys at: @Amiru.c and @Cam.debruin

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no team, no worries: Dayna Strikes gold at Arafura Games

Feature by Michael Hansford

Victoria’s Dayna Crees threw an Oceania record to win the Open F34 Javelin competition at the 2019 Darwin Arafura Games last month.

Competing in her first international competition, the 17-year-old threw 13.34m in the seated Javelin to secure the gold, following a surprise bronze medal in the Shot Put.

The youngest in the field, Crees narrowly missed the qualifying distance for the 2019 IPC World Para Championships held in Dubai later this year.

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WOW! words cannot comprehend what i am feeling right now! 1ST place, a PB, Australian All Comers & Oceania Record in Javelin! my first ever international competition and i came away with GOLD🥇 i’m so so so proud of myself and how i handled not only the heat but the preparation for these games! i don’t ever think this will sink it, not for a couple of days anyways but i cannot thank everyone enough for the tremendous support!!! i don’t really know what to say , i’m lost for words right now, all i’m saying is no matter what, always believe in yourself and you can do it!!!! Time to relax and recover & soak it all up 🥉🥇😍❤️ Huge thanks to @arafuragames19 for putting on such an amazing event & can’t wait to be back v v v soon🤪🤩🤩🤩 so proud i was able to represent not only my country but my amazing club, @caseycardiniaaths 🥰❤️

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“It was very surprising,” Crees said, “but to do well there [at Arafura] was definitely my biggest [goal] for this season.”

Not shy of grand aspirations, the junior now sets focus on a long-term goal of qualifying for the next world championships.

“Obviously Dubai [world championships] this year isn’t going to be our focus anymore, and we [don’t expect to] make Tokyo [2020 Olympics],” Crees said, “so then 2021 [the world championships are] back in Japan … so that’s now our main focus to make qualifiers for that, and to target [the Australian championships] in the meantime.”

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Dayna Crees’ gold and bronze medal from the 2019 Darwin Arafura Games. Picture: Michael Hansford

An interrupted preparation almost meant that Crees would have to wait a little longer for her international debut.

A wrist injury early in the season and low iron levels meant she had to forfeit most of the domestic season, and left her with underwhelming performances at the Victorian Championships and All Schools competitions.

Overcoming the early interruptions and coming in to form, she then had to compete in the sweltering Darwin heat and humidity.

“we had to prepare ourselves [for the heat] and being in a field of 12 we knew the wait [during the competition] was going to be very hot, and we didn’t know what order we were going to be throwing in,” she said.

Despite enduring challenging conditions and stints of up to three hours per event at the track, Crees was able to perform when it mattered most.

“It was a good competition … I don’t have any regrets with going.”

The Arafura Games was held in Darwin and featured competitors from 49 countries across 17 different sports with able bodied and para events held side by side.

Crees represented her state and wore her local club Casey Cardinia Athletics uniform despite it being an international competition, with Athletics Australia failing to send an official team.

Crees however was not phased, happy with the support of father Mark, coach Gordon Talbot and the Athletics Victoria’s Target Talent Program.

“the support team that I’ve got now is working for me and I don’t really want to change anything [at the moment],” she said.

Feature Photo: Dayna Crees and fellow medallists. Picture: Facebook

 

Meteorite Gift

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Thanks to our Friends at Cranbourne Little Athletics Centre we have been offered an opportunity to compete in a men’s and women’s 100m and a mixed 400m exhibition handicap race at the Meteorite Gift Saturday 5th, January 2019.

The places for the men’s and women’s 100m are limited to 10 and will be filled by order of entry.  There are no restrictions on numbers for the mixed 400m race.

This is a twilight event starting at 6pm – Event times to be confirmed.

Entries close on the 1st January 2019 @ 7pm.