Saturday 4th September Ashgrove Rangers held its Annual General Meeting
Our 21/22 club committee has been confirmed and comprises of:
- President Dan Murrray
- Vice President Dick Dunstan
- Treasurer Ken Hastie
- Secretary Tony Usher
- Committee Gina De La Cruz
- Committee Ken Stacy
- Committee Stavros Konstantinos
- Committee John Purcell
- Committee Andrew Bray
Overall, it has been another successful year for the club both on and off the competitive arena.
The 2020-21 year has been another good year for us, with our diversity, in terms of breadth of event participation and depth of athlete abilities once again evident. Notable club results were finishing fifth in the Track and Field relays – third overall in medals and third in the Cross-Country Cup. In fact We were the only club to finish top five in both Cross Country and Track and Field Relays – a great indication that we are catering across full range of events, ages and standards.
It was another strong year for individual performances with several club members performing on the national stage. We had a record number of members competing at the nationals they were , Lauren Davidson, Elsa Chan, Tiana Morrison, Cara Jardine, April Laurikaanen, Callan Jensen, Joel Drew, Lee Martin, Carl Martin, Adrian Keen and Tim Vincent all competed at this year’s Nationals in Sydney, notedly Tiana Morrison was placed third in the open women’s Heptathlon. Joel Drew 3rd u16 200 hurdles, Cara Jardine won the Universtiy national 800m championship , Connor Duggan won the u18 national decathlon, and Tate Van Camp placed 3rd in boys 12 years state cross country
In other news, the club continued to host the monthly Flying Four event, annual Petfield primary school cross country and Ashgrove gift, unfortunately our Christmas meet was once again washed out. We supported participants and entered in team-based relay events including the Hares and Hounds, Mt Tamborine Australia Day relays and the Nundah Criterium event. The club’s broadest participation was most evident at this year’s Track and Field and cross country relay events and while not a record number of teams were entered by the club these two events were very strongly supported. Relating to the previously mentioned flying 4 event we hosted a virtual version of this event that was quite successful. We also introduced a handicap system into the flying four that gave everyone a chance of winning a prize. The Club also hosted a cross country cup event Upper Kedron and provided volunteers and course marshals at the state cross country championships at Toogoolawah.
Off the field, the club has achieved another solid year. Our membership base continues to expand, and our financial position remains strong. The club recorded a slight operating profit for the year as the committee continues to refresh the club’s equipment, invest in merchandise and subsidise athlete participation across multiple events and disciplines. The balance sheet remains strong with no outstanding liabilities and in excess of $ 54,000 in assets.
The club’s solid position across its membership base, performance achievements and financial strength not only ensures our ongoing viability, but provides future committees the option to further develop the services offered to its members.
This year thanks to the hard work of Paul Circosta and Graham Barralet the club has begun the process of documenting its history in a 60th year anniversary publication. We’re also in the process of organising a major road relay event – The south Burnet rail trail relay, that we hope to hold in October. This event will be held at Kingaroy and brings back the team based races a lot of us have been involved in over the years. There is a small group of us pulling it together (including John Purcell and Stavros Konstantino) and we are confident it will become a must do event on the racing calendar in time. Plans are underway for us to hold a 60th anniversary dinner in October 2022.
Finally, I wish to personally thank the other members of the committee – Gina, Dick, John, Stavros, Andrew, Tony , Ken Stacey and Ken Hastie for all the time and effort they have put into the club over the past 12 months. I also want to thank all of the members who have competed in club competitions throughout the year and all of the volunteers who have helped with coaching or assisted us at the many events we have been associated with, including the All Schools, Flying Four, Petfield Challenge, Track and Field Championships and the Ashgrove Gift.