Key Dates & Events 2018/19

When planning and programming we take into account all the key dates for events for the upcoming season. Some of these events may not be relevant for all our athletes but it is a guide to some of the main events or championships we are targeting.


Some events have not yet been finalised/scheduled but we will keep you up to date!  For any other information please call me to discuss.

Coach Chris Cornelius

LA Regional Championships (Kingscliff)

What a very long, hot and humid weekend! That said some absolutely awesome outcomes on both track and field for our little squad. The guys worked so hard over the Christmas holiday to lead up to the first major event of the year.  With so many PB’s and even a regional record broken, it was a positive way for our athletes to begin 2018 and get some well earned recognition for their hard work at training. 

State Championships Qualified:

Anastasia Neumann: 100m & 200m
Grace Macdonald: 200m, 400m, 800m & Discus
Ieuan Cornelius: 80m Hurdles
Jack Neumann: 100m
Jordan Cox: High Jump, 80m & 200m Hurdles
Liana Cox: Long Jump, High Jump, 60m Hurdles & 200m
Makenzie Kelly-Coombes: 100m & 200m
Nathan Perry: 100m, 200m & 110m Hurdles
Siena Cox: High Jump (NEW RR 1.40cm), 60m Hurdles & Long Jump

Nathan Perry powering out of the blocks.

Makenzie Kelly-Coombes working hard around the bend!

Ieuan & Jordan preparing preparing to race, best friends and training partners.

Jordan 1st & Ieuan 2nd and both through to state champs!

Anastasia wining both 100m & 200m.

Siena breaking the regional record by 3cms. While very nervous she delivered.

Liana finishing strong in the 200m final!

Liana & Siena tightly contesting the final hurdle! 

Jack took silver in the 100m in a very tough field!

Ieuan in the blocks for the 100m awaiting the start…

and they’re off! Ieuan powers out of the blocks to qualify for 100m final

Celebrating with ice cones 🙂 

It is rewarding to see so much hard work paying off for so many of these guys! For some this is their last LA’s state champs, so they will want to finish on a high. Well done all.

Coach Chris Cornelius



North Gold Coast Seahawks Under 18’s

Over the past 4 weeks I have been very fortunate to work with Michael De Vere and his North Gold Coast Seahawks team to develop acceleration, max speed and agility.

The team worked very hard throughout the 4 week program, with the performance testing showing the boys made positive strides forward! While we focused mainly on game specific needs and looked to improve the group’s explosive ability and acceleration, we also looked to better directional speed and transitional agility.

A very coach-able group with an excellent work ethic. Each athlete pushed themselves to the very edge of their ability and never took a backward step. We introduced the ball throughout the program to ensure that the speed work was sport specific and to encourage the learning process.

Like most young men they loved to compete with each other using the laser timing gates. This was the most enjoyed point of the first and last session, which served to see how they were currently performing and to measure any development over the 4 weeks. The results did demonstrate some good improvements throughout the team, but they do not tell the complete story. They do not show the improved movement these athletes now possess and the speed in which they have learned to change direction while maintaining the ball. With more time we may have been able to create some tests to have included these skills/improvements and I am confident we would see sweeping improvements across the board.

I have really enjoyed and have learned so much about myself as a coach, working with these young athletes. Having never worked with basketball players before, I felt it was good idea to take myself out of my comfort zone and develop training plans and implement them with this team. I feel it is important to work with different athletes, with different skill sets and develop their speed, agility, movement, strength, etc.

Cross sport coaching is proven to be a great way in which to broaden a coach’s overall ability. Much of the skills I have developed as a coach, over the years, have largely been focused around Sprint and Rugby athletes. Working with this group has been a great experience for me and I look forward to being part of their training in the future!

Thank you Seahawks

Coach Chris Cornelius


National Pacific School Games 2017 (Adelaide)

After a very promising year of intense training, focus and dedication, Liana & Siena found themselves at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide this month, following their success at the state championships in Brisbane.

With pressure mounting they were able to hold their nerve and deliver excellent performances to earn two silver and one bronze medals between them!

Lianas desire to succeed was underpinned with a silver medal in the long jump. Liana produced a 4.10m jump to secure second place while competing in a tight field. Liana was unfortunate not to have competed in the sprint events due to illness.

Siena, having been so dominant throughout the year in multiple events, also secured a silver in the high jump with a fine effort of 1.36cm. Siena was also a member of the team which secured a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m relay for Queensland.

2017 has been an amazing year for these two excellent athletes. They have trained so hard and have learned to deal with a lot of pressure.

With guidance from myself and the ongoing support of their father Kenton, they have continued to develop and flourish. Working with positive and supportive parents is rewarding not only to the children, but coach also.

Well done to both of you!!!!

Coach Chris Cornelius

Queensland School State Championships 2017

Three of our young stars were performing in Brisbane this week at state championships representing South Coast schools.

Anastacia Neumann competed in the 100m & 200m (13) and ran a PB of 12.67 in the final to secure a bronze medal in the 100m and a close race in the 200m final to secure 4th. Both events had many tough competitors but Ana was able to navigate the heats and semi-finals to secure her first state final races in what was a very successful weekend for Ana, with a couple of PB’s and great experience gained and a first ever state medal. Demonstrating great technique and the ability to perform under pressure and self-expectation was a good marker as to where she is at and how far she has come.

Siena Cox (10) was competing in the 100m, 200m & high jump. Siena won gold in the high jump with a fantastic clearance of 1.40m and has much more to give. She continues to develop her speed, explosive ability and confidence very well with her training partner (and sister) Liana pushing her every step of the way. Siena also achieved a bronze medal in the 200m having worked through a tough field and coming back from a slow bend to finish strong and qualified for Nationals in Adelaide 1st – 6th December 2017

Liana Cox (10) competed in the long jump and won a silver medal with a jump of 4.19m and like her sister also qualified for Nationals in Adelaide 1st – 6th December 2017. Liana was unfortunate to miss out on the 100m & 200m events due to illness but continues to develop her speed. There is nothing between the twins now with them taking turns as to who finishes first!

We wish Siena and Liana the best of luck as they travel to Adelaide in December!

Coach Chris Cornelius

Somerset Gift 2017

Three of our athletes attended the inaugural Somerset Gift today and experienced racing with some of the finest athletes on the Gold Coast.

Ieuan Cornelius (12yrs) – Competed in the Male U14’s 100m Gift
Anastasia Neumann (13yrs) – Competed in the Female U14’s 100m Gift
Nathan Perry (15yrs) Competed in the Male U15’s & Open Male 100m Gift

All three of our athletes had very difficult handicaps and were starting from behind most of the athletes they faced. Ieuan faced a very difficult task of racing up a couple of age categories due to the U14’s being the youngest event. Despite such a difficult task Ieuan managed to give a great account of himself and ran well finishing 6th. Anastasia and Nathan were also punching above their weight to compete with athletes not only older than them but with the disadvantage of starting several meters behind.

The event was an enjoyable experience and one in which I am sure will grow from strength to strength. I was very proud of the way in which our small squad represented themselves and their families. They demonstrated how far they have come in the past 12 months.

Well done to all three of you for working so hard to compete at this event and challenging yourselves outside of your comfort zone.

Coach Chris Cornelius

Heading for State Champs 2017

A wonderful regional athletics carnival at Ashmore Little Athletics saw ALL our athletes qualify for State Champs in Brisbane in March. There are some real opportunities for some of our athletes to go out and achieve a few podiums with the amount of good training they have put in over the past few months. Our athletes achieved a medal haul of 16 medals.

I am very proud of the effort not only by the athletes but the parents too. Running their children all over the Gold Coast for sprint training and athletics carnivals is no easy feat!

Congratulations to all and good luck in March!

Coach Chris Cornelius

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