Retired/Former Athletes

 

Name: Laura Whaler

 

Date of Birth: 28/8/87
Years Running: Since 1991
Joined Squad: 2006
Height: 172cm
Weight: 59kg

Personal Bests:
100m – 11.46   200m – 23.45  

National Ranking:
09/10    100m - 3rd 
             200m - 3rd                  

Season Progression:
Events- 100m   200m    
2010 - 11.46    23.45    
2009 – 11.70    24.10
2008 – 11.79    24.26
2007 – 11.97    n/a
2006 – 12.20
2005 – 12.40

Major Goals:
2012 London Olympics
2011 World Championships
Australian 100m Title

Major Achievements:
Aust Team Member 2011 World Championships, National Open Womens Silver medallist 2010 - 100m & 200m Represented Australian in 4x100m Women’s Development Relay – Osaka, Japan Australian U23’s National Champion for 2009 – 100m and 200m (equalled record in 100m and Personal Best in 200m), U23 100m Champion 2008, Listed in the Australian Womens 100m Top 20 All Time

 

 

Please note that Laura has now moved interstate for lifestyle and personal reasons and is now being coached by Justin Lewis.  We wish Laura all the best in this move and can't wait to see her continue her rise up in Australian athletics.

 

Sport Career Highlights: Aust Relay Team Member 2011 World Champs, Aust Dual Silver medallist 2010 100m & 200m, Aust Cup 100m winner 2010, Bay Sheffield Womens 70m winner 2009, Singapore Open Women 100m Champion 2009
Represented Australian in 4x100m Women’s Development relay – Osaka, Japan
Australian U23’s National Champion for 2009 – 100m and 200m (Meet record in 100m and Personal Best in 200m)
Australian U23’s National Champion for 2008 – 100m (Meet record)
Ranked 5th fastest in 100m Women for 2009
1st in Hobart Grand Prix 100m
Melbourne and Sydney Grand Prix – A part of the Australian 4x100m Women’s relay at Sydney Grand Prix and ran fastest time domestically for the last 10 years
Stawell Gift Finalist 3 years in a row. First woman to achieve this feat.
1st in 120m Back Markers Final – Bay Sheffield Gift, SA
2nd in 70m – Bay Sheffield Gift, SA
Blacktown Gift 120m & 70m Winner 2007

Work/Study:
Works part time in Administration but mainly concentrates on full time training with the help of funding from Jumpstart to London program – Athletics Australia.

Sporting Heroes:
Cathy Freeman – A great Australian athlete who remained focussed on her goals and the pinnacle of her career was winning gold at the Sydney Olympics 2000 in her own country.

Interests: 
The beach, dining out, shopping, my dog George, relaxing, reading and catching up with friends

Favourites:
Music: Anything really. Daft Punk, The Presets and anything RnB
Movies: Anything with Jim Carrey or Vince Vaughn. Remember the Titans, Love Actually, Taken, The Green Mile, Dirty Dancing
Foods: Italian..! Tacos, mangoes & watermelon, Salt & Vinegar chips and Turkish Delight

Interesting Facts:
A part of the NSW team in Touch Football and have starred in TV Commercials for my Gym, ‘Genesis at Maitland’

Personal Supporters:
Laura is supported by Asics, Athletics Australia and the NSW Institute of Sport, Genesis Fitness

 

Name: Sheena Steinert 

 

 

Date of Birth: 20/2/1985
Years Running: 15
Joined Squad: March 2011 (correspondence)
Height:170cm
Weight:55.5kg

Personal Bests:
400m – 53.70
200m -

Season Progression:
Events- 400m       200m 
2012     53.70
2011     54.81       24.9  
2010     57.0   

Major Goals: London Olympics (relay)and future Aust rep.
 

Major Achievements:
2011 Aust Champs 400 finalist
2012 NSW 400m Champion
 

 

Sport Career Highlights: Winning national gold as a junior in Perth and SA Female athlete of the Year


Sporting Heroes: I have to say my sister Pirrenee who I find inspirational and motivational to me.
 

Interests: I am very passionate about animal welfare and animal charities such as RSPCA, reading good books, motivated to always being a better person and looking at life from various perspectives
 

Favourites:
Music: Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Pop, soul, gospel
Movies:
Foods: A slurpee after training, summer fruits, caramel KitKat Chunky
 

Work/Study: Remedial Massage Therapist in my own business Busybody Massage
 

Interesting Facts: 
I love kiwi fruit skin - people tell me that is weird!  I train by correspondence with FTS and travel from my home in Melbourne as often as I can to train with my coach.

Please note that Sheena has been transferred to a coach in Melbourne where she lives.  The travel from Vic became too difficult so it was agreed by all for her to find a coach locally.  We had great success with Sheena and wish her all the best.


 


 

  


 Name: Elliot Meers 

 

 

Date of Birth: 19/5/1992
Years Running: 9
Joined Squad: December 2011 Height:186cm
Weight:74kg

Personal Bests:
Decathlon –

Season Progression:
As a decathlete my performances are many so will update as I progress   

Major Goals: Would love to one day qualify for an Australian team.
 

Major Achievements:
2011 Aust Uni Games 3rd- Dec. 

 

Sport Career Highlights: Winning bronze at the Aust Uni Games

Sporting Heroes: Roman Sebrle, Bryan Clay and Trey Hardee - all decathletes at the top of their sport
 

Interests: Going out for lunch/dinner, beach, gym, computer games, spending time with friends and reading athlete biographies 

Favourites:
Music: Most current music
Movies: Hangover (I & II), Transformers
Foods: All - Italian, Mexican & fruit 

Work/Study: Completed BSc and working as IT Para Professional  

Interesting Facts: 
I am hoping to undertake a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, I represented NSW as a junior in National Christian Football Titles.  As a decathlete I am working with FTS for my track work and they oversee my program structure and I have other coaches in their specialist areas
 

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Name: Tia O'Carroll

 

 

Date of Birth: 18 Nov 1994
Years Running: 8
Joined Squad: Dec 2010
Height: 6ft
Weight: 60kg

Personal Bests:
400m – 56.08
200m - 26.37

Season Progression:
Events- 400m         200m 
2011      56.08       26.37  
2010      58.11
2009      1.00.9
2008      1.02

Major Goals:
Place at Nationals, World Juniors, Commonwealth Games

Major Achievements:
2006 U11 Trans Tasman 1500m 1st
2007 U12 LANSW 1500m 1st, 800m 3rd
2010 LANSW U15 400m 3rd
         Aust Junior Champs 400m 6th
         NSWCHS Champs 400m 3rd
         "       "         "      "    800m 1st
2011 NSW Juniors 400m 3rd
         Aust Junior Champs 400m 4th
         Aust Jun Champs 400 Relay 3rd
 

 

Sport Career Highlights:
Winning Trans Tasman U11G 1500m in Auckland 2006, Winning LA State U12G 1500m, 2007, Finallist 2010, 2011 Aust Junior Champs 400m

Sporting Heroes: 
Cathy Freeman

Interests:
Spending time with friends, going out on the boat

Favourites:
Music: R'n'B and Pop
Movies:The Hangover
Foods: Chicken schnitzel and spaghetti bolognaise

Work/Study:
Secondary School - Newcastle Grammar 2011

Interesting Facts: 
My Dad is from New Zealand and we both won the 1500m in Trans Tasman Challenge in U11 age group 

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New Kids

Supporters/Sponsors
Athletes Foot, NSWIS

Please note that Tia has moved on to Stan Barwick and we wish her all the best. She showed rapid improvements in her time with FTS and we enjoyed working with her.

 


 Name: Jacarna Bain-Fenton

 

 

Date of Birth: 1994
Years Running:
Joined Squad: Feb 2011
Height:
Weight:

Personal Bests:
400m – 56.05
200m -

Season Progression:
Events- 400m         200m 
2011      56.05         
2010     
2009     
2008     

Major Goals:
 

Major Achievements:
2011 Aust Jun Champs 400 Relay 3rd
2011 NSW 2nd Open 400m
2011 CHS Champion 400m
 

 

Sport Career Highlights:


Sporting Heroes: 
 

Interests:
 

Favourites:
Music:
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Work/Study:
 

Interesting Facts: 
I am a foster child and my foster parents have cared for over 100 children, I take 2 hours to get ready to go out, but am getting better!

Media Links
New Kids
Running Mate

Supporters/Sponsors
NSWIS

  


Name: Harry Egan 

 

Date of Birth:
Years Running:
Joined Squad: 2010 (again)
Height:
Weight:

Personal Bests:
100m – 10.72
200m - 21.35 (w)

Season Progression:
Events- 100m         200m 
2011               
2010     
2009     
2008     

Major Goals:

Major Achievements: World Junior Relay selection 2006

 

Sport Career Highlights:


Sporting Heroes:

Interests:

Favourites:
Music:
Movies:
Foods:

Work/Study: Environmental Scientist

Interesting Facts: 
Full details coming soon 

 

Name: Anna Heasman

 

Date of Birth: 18th March 1986
Years Running: 16 years off and on
Joined Squad: 2008
Height: 176cms 5”9
Weight: 62kg

Personal Bests: 
12.1, Glendale, 2001

Sport Career Highlights:
Running with Olympic torch 2000.
6th open women’s beach sprint world championships 2006

Major Achievements:
Australian surf lifesaving titles 2006 -4th open women’s beach sprint
World surf lifesaving champs 2006 – 6th open women’s beach sprint
Number of State and Australian beach sprint finals
1st NSW vs QLD ‘warriors on water’ beach sprint 2005 and 2006
2nd Macksville women’s gift 2008

Major Goals:
To win a major pro race
Make an Australian amateur final

 

Sporting Heroes:
Veronica Cambell (I love her lisp!), Arny (body building days), Usain Bolt (because he is a freak), Micheal Johnson (because he was a freak) and Alison Felix (because she runs like Trish!)

Interests:
Painting, cooking, football and sleeping!

Favourites:
Music: Claire Bowdich, Hilltop Hoods, Radiohead, Jose Gonzalis, Bob Evans and Damian Rice
Movies: Anchorman, Juno, Superbad, The Cider House Rules, The Greenmile, Amelie and The Cable Guy
Foods: Chicos and M&Ms, Anything Italian  and Anything Thai

Work/Study: 
I work full time as a radiographer and I’m currently doing part-time post graduate studies in ultrasound.

Interesting Facts: 
I’m left handed. My hands are always freezing cold. My mum was in the Australian ballet company. I have a recurring dream that I physically can’t run. When I laugh hard one eye closes (very attractive!)

Please note that Anna is currently in USA with her husband for work and pursuing other sporting interests.  We wish her all the best.

 


Name: Leigh Bennett

   

Date of Birth: 20/4/86
Years Running: 18 years
Joined Squad:  May 09
Height:  189cm
Weight: 76kg

Personal Bests:
400m H- 51.95 SOPAC 06
400m- 48.69 ACT
200m -  22.20 Mingara 06 

Season Progression:  
Events-   400m   400mH 
2010       49.90   52.50
2009      51.13    55.11
2008      -            52.55 
2007     50.41     52.67

Major Achievements:
Represented NSW & Aust at Good Luck Beijing Test Event & Taiwan 2008, 2006 Aust U23 400mH Champ, 2007 Aust silver medalist 400mH

Major goals:
Make a senior national team

 

Sport Career Highlights: 
Aust silver medallist 2007, touring Asia for Beijing Olympic Test Event, U23 Australian 400m Hurdles Champion, NSW CHS & U23 Champion multiple years.  Australian Youth Olympic Festival 2003 5th 110m hurdles & 4th 4 x 100m relay. HSSA Award for all round achievement  2004.

Sporting Heroes: 
Usain Bolt, Lance Armstrong, Valentino Rossi, Angelo Taylor Olympic 400m H champion 2000 & 2008

Interests:
Athletics, soccer & motorsport, music, the beach.

Favourites:
Music: Mainly alternative/rock/indie eg: The Matches, Something With Numbers, The Kooks,
Movies: Juno, any James Bond, Wedding Crashers, Salute- Peter Norman story, American Gangster.  Foods: Pasta, Thai

Work/Study: Health Consultant & Exercise Scientist - Labourco -Attain Health Services, Qual. Sports Science & Exercise Rehab.

Interesting Facts: 
My grandmother played hockey for Wales, uncle Singleton Golf Club Pro, I play saxaphone.

Please note that due to the relocation of FTS to Qld Leigh is going to be coached by Larry Spencer.

 

Name: Keith Sheehy

 

Date of Birth: 14.10.1983
Years Running: 18Years
Joined Squad: Since 1989
Height: 184cm
Weight: 80-88kg

Personal Bests:
100m-10.44
200m- 20.82
400m- 47.01
800m- 1min 52.68 (first & last 800)

08/09 National Ranking:  
200m – 2nd
100m - 5th

Season Progression: 
Events- 100m  200m  400m
2010  10.46  21.03  47.8
2009  10.44  20.82  N/A 
2008  10.55  21.28  N/A
2007  10.50  21.20  N/A
2006  10.62  21.51  47.44
2005  10.80  21.69  47.11

Major Achievements:
Breaking 10.50 in the 100m
Breaking 21sec in the 200m

Major Goals:
To compete at London Olympics in the individual 200m.

Please note that Keith has now returned to his home state of SA after his time in NSW with FTS.  He has a new employment opportunity as well and we wish him all the best.

 

Sport Career Highlights:
08/09- Having run 2 big personal bests in the 100m & 200m & finishing the season ranked No.2 in the 200m & Equal 5th in the 100m.
Making the 2008 Stawell gift Final
Winning the 2001 Adelaide Bay Sheffield
Representing Australia at the 2002 World Juniors in Jamaica for the 400m & 4x400relay.

Sporting Heroes:
Michael Johnson (Current 400m world record holder & previous 200m record holder)

Interests:
Most outdoor activates & water sports, beach, cars, gym, eating, music, summer, running fast and training

Music:
Most Good new stuff, just not Country & Western or Indian music…

Favourites:
Movies: Lock Stock & 2smoking barrels, Fight Club, Prefontaine, Human Traffic, Fast & Furious, I am Ledged, 28days and“Borne”-series
Foods: Like pretty much anything. I Love Pizza & Pasta, Thai and Chinese

Work/Study:
Work for Genesis Fitness Maitland in Sales & Admin. Studying Cert 3&4 in personal training & Nutrition.

Interesting Facts: 
(1) I was born in Ireland in 1983 & moved to Australia with my parents in 1986.
My grandfather was a very successful Irish sportsperson. He was once the European squash champion & was selected to compete for Ireland in the Olympics in Track & Field as a 110yard runner. He unfortunately he could not go for financial reasons.
(2)I generally eat over 500kg of Tuna, 300kg of Chicken & Just under a Ton of cooked rice every year…

 


Name: Pirrenee Steinert

 

Date of Birth: 20/2/1985
Years Running: Since 1992
Joined Squad: 2007
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 57 kg

Personal Bests:
400m-52.70 Newc 2012
          52.02 mixed 2011
200m-23.61 Syd 2011
100m-11.80 Syd 2012
Season Progression:
Events- 200m  400m    100m
2012               52.70     11.80
2011     23.61 52.02 mixed
2010               52.78
2009               53.18
2008               injured
2007               injured
2006   23.8     53.82

Major Goals:
To compete at London Olympics in the individual 400m.

Major Achievements:
2010 Open Womens 400m Silver medallist, 2010 Commonwealth Games Relay team, 2009 Australian Team Member World Championships. Being ranked 3rd in Australia for the 400m in 2009 and being selected for the Australian women’s 4x400m relay team ran in Osaka.

 

Please note that Pirrenee has now returned to her home state of SA after a very successful time with FTS and we wish her all the best.

 

Sport Career Highlights:
2009 Bay Sheffield Womens Gift winner, Camden Classic win 06. Won this as the backmarker in the fastest winning time ever. This was one of my most gutsiest runs which I can’t seem to forget. 2006 was a very successful year for myself. I represented Australia in China on a national development squad and won a gold medal in the 200m in Taipai. I won State and national athlete of the year for Professional running.

Interests:
Shopping, eating, being back home on the farm, horse riding, hanging at the beach, animals, sports, training and importantly running fast

Favourites:
Music: I love a lot of music but stand out favourite singers would have to be Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys.
Movies: Can’t think of any fav’s but I always enjoy scary, suspense and comedy
Foods: oh….too many to list. But I can never go past pasta dishes and seafood.

Work/Study:
I work as a Remedial/Sports Masseur

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