USC athletes primed for national championships - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

USC News

USC athletes primed for national championships

17 Mar 2015

Three USC sprinters look to be in fine form for the upcoming Australian Athletics Championships in Brisbane after strong performances at a recent national relay meet in Adelaide.

Representing Queensland at the 2015 Australian Relay Championships in late February, USC final-year students Simon Spann and Luke Grimley won silver as members of the 4 x 400m team, while USC graduate Ben Hayward helped his team to silver in the 4 x 100m.

Spann, of Bribie Island, was ecstatic to have won a medal in Adelaide. He now has his sights set firmly on running a personal best time against the nation’s elite 400m exponents at the Australian Athletics Championships from March 26-29.

“I’m a couple of seconds off the pace of the quickest 400m runners in Australia,” said Spann. “But if I can clock a PB and make the semi-finals in this company, it’ll be a great result for me personally.”

Spann, 21, said several subjects in his Sport and Exercise Science degree have helped him hone his running technique and understand the best way to develop his sport.

“I’ve found biomechanics and exercise physiology really helpful,” Spann explained. “In fact, I now coach some little athletics youngsters down at Caboolture and have been able to apply elements from my uni subjects into their training.”

Pictured: Simon Spann competing at the 2015 Australian Relay Championships in Adelaide. Photo by Kim J Grimley.

— Brent Hampstead

Simon Spann runs holding a baton

Related programs

Related articles

Spartans swimmers training at the USC aquatic centre
Spartans to restart campaign for Tokyo glory
15 May

The USC Spartans will soon restart their Olympic and Paralympic campaigns, following the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions across Queensland this weekend.

USC to restrict access to sporting facilities
17 Mar

USC will restrict access to its sport and fitness facilities from midnight Sunday 22 March.

No go-slow for snow-sailing USC researcher
27 Feb

What does a USC researcher do when he arrives in rural Finland in February for an annual snow-sailing competition, only to feel the winds drop and the temperature rise above zero, making conditions either dangerous or impossible?

Contact the USC media team

Name Position Email Phone
Terry Walsh Manager, Media and Messaging twalsh@usc.edu.au +61 7 5430 1160
Janelle Kirkland Media Relations Coordinator jkirklan@usc.edu.au +61 7 5459 4553
Clare McKay Media Relations Officer (Regional) cmckay@usc.edu.au +61 7 5456 5669

Search results for

Recent news