The Coles Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence is the premier event on the Little Athletics calendar and is a night out not to be missed!
The Roll of Excellence recognises former participants who have achieved at the highest level in their chosen sport or profession.
Seven outstanding Australians will be inducted into this year’s Coles Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence with Official of the Year also presented, dont miss out on seeing local champions Brad Hardie, Kylie Wheeler and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Brandon Starc inducted!
|Track and Field – Former Little Athletes who have represented Australia in athletics|
|Sportsperson – Former Little Athletes who have competed at the highest level in Sport|
|Achievers – Former Little Athletes who have achieved in a non-sport related discipline|
|Volunteers – Any person (outside those eligible above) and/or families who have made an outstanding contribution to Little Athletics in Australia.|
|Official of the Year – Regularly participates at State Competitions, contributes positively to the overall moral of the official’s fraternity|
Track and Field
Steve Hooker (2009): Olympic and world champion pole vaulter
Nathan Deakes (2009): World champion and world record setting racewalker.
Amy Winters (2009): Multiple Paralympic gold medal winning sprinter.
Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (2009): World indoor champion, three-time Olympian and Australian 100m and 200m record holder.
Jana Pittman-Rawlinson (2009): Two-time world champion in 400m hurdles.
Jane Saville (2010): Olympic bronze medallist and three-time Commonwealth Games champion racewalker.
John Steffensen (2010): Olympic and world championships 4x400m relay medallist; Commonwealth Games 400m champion.
Darren Clark (2011): Olympian, World Champion medalist and Commonwealth Games 400m Champion.
Bronwyn Thompson (2011): Commonwealth Games Long Jump Champion and Commonwealth, Oceania and National record holder.
Christine Stanton (2012): Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games competitor in the high jump, and Australia’s first female jumpers to use the Fosbury Flop.
Debbie Wells (2012): Olympic games competitor in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100m relay.
Jane Flemming (2013): Two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games competition in the Heptathlon, and Australian record holder for the highest Heptathlon score. Successful media career and business woman.
Sally Pearson (2013): Gold medallist at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 100m hurdles, and Olympic record holder, and silver medallist at the 2008 Olympic Games. She has represented Australia in 5 World Championships, 2 Olympic Games and 2 Commonwealth Games.
Dani Samuels (2014): Bronze medal in the discus at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, won the gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics,
Dani attended her 2nd Olympics in London in 2012, where she again made the final of the discus event, this time finishing 12th.
Nicole Boegman-Stewart (2015): Australian and international long jump and triple jump champion and silver medalist at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
Fabrice Lapierre (2016) 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, Olympian and Australian and international long jump champion.
Todd Hodgetts (2016) 2016 Rio Olympic Silver medalist, Australian and international Shot Put Champion, Australian record holder.
Kim Mickle (2017) 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, Olympian and Australian and Oceania Javelin record holder.
Lauren Wells (2018): eleven time national 400m hurdles champion, Commonwealth Games and dual Olympian.
Jayden Sawyer (2018): Para athlete, world champion and world record holder in the F38 Javelin Throw.
Brandon Starc (2019): Australian high jump Champion, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Olympian.
Kylie Wheeler (2019): Dual- Olympian in heptathlon. Four-time national champion in heptathlon and won a silver medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Alana Quade (nee Boyd) (2019): World class pole vaulter having won the national championship in 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015. Selected for the 2007 World Championships and 2008 Summer Olympics and was a finalist at 2012 Summer Olympics finishing in 11th place. Finalist in the 2012 Indoor World Championships, finishing in 9th.
Stuart Rendell (2019): Dual Olympian in hammer throw, competed at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Part of the Australian team for the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, winning gold in Kuala Lumpur (1998) and Melbourne (2006).
Kathy Watt (2009): 1992 Olympic cycling gold medallist.
John Worsfold (2009): AFL premiership winner as a player and coach with the West Coast Eagles.
George Gregan (2009): Australian rugby union captain and long serving scrum half.
Alisa Camplin (2009): Winter Olympic gold medallist in aerial skiing.
Nova Peris (2009): Olympic gold medallist in hockey and Commonwealth Games gold medallist in athletics (200m).
Geoff Ogilvy (2010): World top-10 ranked golfer.
Hollie Grima (2010): Australian Opals basketballer.
Natalie von Bertouch (2011): Australian Netball Captain and World Netball Championships gold medalist.
Matt Giteau (2011): Previous captain of the Brumbies and player in both the Rugby World Cup and Tri- Nations.
Simon Black (2012): Triple premiership player at the Brisbane Lions, Bronwlow medalist and winner of the Norm Smith medal in the 2003 grand final.
Megan Marcks (2012): Olympic Gold medalist and part of the first female rowing crew to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games.
Patrick Mills (2013): an Indigenous Australian professional basketball player who currently plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and has also represented Australia in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
Kimberlee Green (2013): Australian Netball team member, and World Netball Championships gold medalist.
Jarryd Hayne (2014): Rugby player for the Parramatta Eels, State Of Origin Series player
Joel Selwood (2014): Australian Rules Football player and captain for Geelong,
Sally Fitzgibbons (2015): Youngest World Surfing Tour qualifier in ASP history, Women’s World Title runnder up 3 consecutive years, Rip Curl Women’s Pro at Bells Beach Title holder 2 years in a row.
Jackie Pereira (2016) International and Australian Hockey Champion, first woman to score 100 goals for Australia in International hockey.
Liam De Young (2016) 2004 Athens Olympic Gold Medalist, 2012 London Olympic Gold Medalist, International and Australian Hockey Champion
Mitchell Starc (2017) Australian and International cricket fast bowler
Jack Riewoldt (2017)
Kimberley Brennan (2018): rowing sixteen time national champion, two time world champion, three time Olympian and Australian gold medallist
Alanna Kennedy (2019): Member of the Australian women’s football (soccer) team the Matildas and is one of the best central defenders. Competed at the 2016 Olympics in RIO and 2019 was part of the Australian side at the World Cup in France, her 2nd World Cup.
Bradley Hardie (2019): One of the best Australian Rules footballers not only in Western Australia but nationally has well. Won the 1985 Brownlow Medal for the Fairest & Best Player in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Represented Footscray, Brisbane Bears, and Collingwood in the Australian Football League (AFL) and South Fremantle in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL).
John Maclean (2009): Pioneering wheelchair athlete who was the first to complete the Hawaiian Ironman and swim the English Channel.
Mike Whitney (2009): Australian cricket fast bowler and TV host and celebrity.
Kirstie Marshal (2009): Pioneering aerial skiier and Victorian politician.
Dr Peter Larkins (2009): Olympian in athletics (3000m steeplechase), successful sports medicine doctor and media personality. Also one of the very first participants in Little Athletics.
Dr Chris Bradshaw (2010): Commonwealth Games representative in athletics (decathlon), successful sports medicine doctor.
Janine Shepherd (2010): Inspirational former cross country skiier who overcame life threatening injuries sustained in a bicycle training accident. As a walking paraplegic gained her pilots license and has authored a number of best selling books.
Brett Rosebury (2011): AFL umpire who has umpired in the past 4 grand finals and won the AFL All Australian Umpire award in 2008, 2009 & 2011.
Paul Murray (2011): 2UE Drive Show host, acclaimed journalist and winner of the Brian White Award for Radio Reporter of the Year.
Shane Crawford (2013): Australian Football League (AFL) player and captain, Brownlow medallist, Hawthorn Best and Fairest winner and Premiership Cup player. Now working in the media, and has raised more than $2.5million for Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Ryan Fitzgerald (2014): Former Australian Rules footballer and Big Brother contestant, now a popular TV and radio personality
John & Lenny Pearce (2015): members of the very successful all-male Australian hip-hop dance and popmusic group, Justice Crew
Chelsea Roffey (2016) AFL Goal umpire, only female to have officiated in an Australian Football League Grand Final in the exacting role of a goal umpire.
Rishelle Hume (2017): Over 22 years’ experience in Aboriginal engagement ranging from employment, education, sporting, justice and health. Actively involved in the Aboriginal community within the Perth region as the Chairperson of the Mandjah Boodjah Aboriginal Corporation, Co-Ambassador and Founder of the Yorga Djenna Bidi Leadership Program, Noongar Charitable Trust Advisory Council Member, Co-Chairperson Department of Sport and Recreation Aboriginal Advisory Council and recently appointed by MP Julie Bishop to the National/Australian United Nations Education Science Culture Organisation (UNESCO) as the Cultural Portfolio Holder.
Andrew May (2017): Co-founder of Good Health Solutions (Executive Health Solutions), Australia’s largest corporate health consultancy. Also the founder of PT Plus; an international business consultancy based in Australia and the United Kingdom. Writes a popular blog ‘Performance Matters’ for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, has a regular segment on ABC News Breakfast and appears regularly on Channel Nine, as the resident lifestyle expert on the TODAY show. Author of bestselling books Flip the Switch, Between Jobs, and Switched On Health and Wellbeing Professionals Volumes 1 & 2.
John Phillimore (2018): Held a number of very important positions in the Western Australian government. Executive Director and Professor, John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP), Curtin University.
Tony Buti (2018): Former high school teacher, lawyer, AFL player agent, legal academic, Labor Party member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly representing the seat of Armadale since 2010.
Jacquelin Magnay (2019): European Correspondent for The Australian newspaper, based in London, covering all manner of big stories across political, business, the Royals and security issues. Past winner of the George Munster and Walkley Awards.
Trevor Billingham (2009) (deceased): Founder of Little Athletics. Established Little Athletics in Geelong in 1964 and worked tirelessly to see it spread throughout Victoria and Australia.
Alan Triscott (2009): Instrumental in the early spread of Little Athletics and the establishment of the Victorian Little Athletics Association and Australian Little Athletics Union.
Doug Hancy (2009): Western Australian administrator who has had a involvement in Little Athletics for over forty years and who formalised the conduct of state championships in WA.
Barry Garment (2009): NSW administrator who has been involved in Little Athletics for close to forty years, establishing a new Centre and serving as a key association official at state championships.
Helen Moir (2009): Tasmanian administrator who has been involved in Little Athletics for over thirty years and who has been pivotal in the growth of Little Athletics in northern Tasmania.
George Harvey (2010): Queensland administrator who was instrumental in the growth of Little Athletics in Queensland an in Australia. Former President of Queensland Little Athletics and Australian Little Athletics.
Peter Wickes (2010): NSW administrator who has provided volunteer legal advice, administrative skills and coaching assistance over the past thirty years.
Maxine Boyd (2011): Western Australian administrator who has had involvement in Little Athletics for over thirty years who held positions from club level to LAA Administration and Finance Director.
Jim Arkins (2011): NSW administrator who has been involved in Little Athletics for over forty years playing a pivotal role in establishing many centres in NSW, treasurer on the Board of NSW and State Team selector.
David Cramer (2012): WA administrator who has been involved in Little Athletics for over thirty years from former Chairman of LAWA and former President of LAA. Coach of the LAWA ALAC Team and International State team for many years.
Robin Johnson (2012): WA administrator who was the founder of the first centre in WA and the Association of WA Little Athletics.
Andrea Harvey (2013): QLD administrator who has been involved in Little Athletics for almost 40 years, from founding member of Kenmore Little Athletics Centre through to ALA Records Officer.
Ken Gardiner (2013): NSW coach,mentor to officials and an administrator who has been involved for 41 years, and is still involved today.
Alison Quirke (2014): QLD administrator who has been involved in Little Athletics for over 40 years from zone coordinator, chief judge to former President of LAA.
Professor Marcus Vowels (2014): Has been involved in Little Athletes for over 20 years, from medical officer and advisor for LANSW to collating data in relation to accidents and injuries sustained by Little Athletes at Little Athletics events.
Maria McConville (2015): NSW administrator at centre, zone, region and board level for over 43 years.
Kaye Runge (2016) WA Centre registrar, centre record and ranking officer, chief judge, group leader for LAWA international tours, former WA Board member. Has been involved in Little Athletics for over 30 years.
Bob Cruise (2017)
Wendy Beisiegel (2018): Volunteer for over 30 years, held many different roles with Nuriootpa Little Athletics Club, Barossa Valley Little Athletics Centre and on the Board of Directos of Little Athletics South Australia. Delegate at the Northern Zone Committee Meetings, Chief timer at club competition nights, a great resource for the BVLAC committee part of the organising committee for the 2002, 2009 & 2016 Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC’s).
Ron Keys (2018): Volunteering for more than 40 years at Little Athletics, ‘senior’ athletics, athletes with a disability and the race-walking community. From 1988 and 2012 he officiated at numerous centre, zone, region, state, national and international athletics championships, including the Pacific School Games, the IAAF 2006 World Junior Championships and the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sprints/middle distance coach at both Doonside and Nepean.
Robert Chalmers (2019): Volunteer for nearly 50 years. Contributing across the sport through coaching, officiating and team management roles. Involved in a Centre’s formation, as a centre Chairman through to key officiating roles at state level, coaching, and volunteering his time beyond Little Athletics to National, Oceania and International events.
Official of the Year
Julie Cousins (2018): Level 2 Jumps Official, Level 2 Throws Official, Level 1 TOECS Official and has 15 years’ experience in the sports of Little Athletics & Athletics. Officiating at both Little Athletics and Australian Athletics levels, Julie is a proven performer at the highest levels officiating at ALAC’s & the Commonwealth Games.
Peter Boden (2019): Competition and Technical Director for Little Athletics ACT for a total of 7 years including the past 4 seasons . Peter is the Chair of numerous Committee’s for Little Athletics ACT including both the Competition and Technical Committees. U15 boys Combined Events Referee for the 2019 ALAC in Hobart. Part of the Weston Creek Little Athletics Management Committee assisting at both training sessions and competitions throughout the season