Girraween Athletics Club

Girraween: Participating and representing with a sporting and friendly attitude ~ encouraging athletes of all ages & abilities since 1978.

Welcome to 2019 at Girraween Athletics Club
.We are competing in West Metropolitan Cross Country throughout winter
with 2km at 2 p.m. / 4km at 2.25 p.m./ 8km at 3. p.m.
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Congratulations to Taylor Doyle (Girraween Athletics Club) for winning BRONZE in the
T38 Long Jump in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at The Gold Coast. We are so very proud of Taylor as she has continued in such good form from her SILVER Medal
at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Celebrating 40 years

We are competing in West Metropolitan Cross Country throughout winter
with 2km at 2 p.m. / 4km at 2.25 p.m./ 8km at 3. p.m.
Click here for further information.

click here to read our March Newsletter


English Athlete Ella Rush
wearing our 40th Anniversary T.

Girraween Athletics Club - Winter Presentation 2017
The Winter medallists had the honour of being presented with their medals by Brad Milosevic
who recently competed in London in the IAAF Marathon.

Congratulations to Brad Milosevic for a stoic performance in the IAAF Marathon in London 2017.


Welcome to the Girraween Athletics Club website.

We aim to make this site pivotal in our communications to our membership and anyone interested in joining or competing at Girraween.

We welcome and encourage athletes of all ages and standards. We have recreational athletes through to State and National representatives; and juniors right through to golden oldies. Our membership has grown in recent years and we hope to continue that growth during the coming season. We are a very social club and encourage our members to have fun, enjoy their athletics and represent the club with a friendly and sporting attitude.

We are a member club of Athletics New South Wales and compete in both summer and winter seasons.

The ground renovations to our home track and  we have returned to C.V. Kelly Park,

We compete each Saturday from 2pm.


Robert (Bob) Sewell
16/2/1938 ~ 9/8/2017

Dear Members and Friends,

It is with sadness that I inform you of th passing today of Bob Sewell, Life Member, former President and coach of Girraween Athletics Club. Bob passed peacefully in Westmead Hospital.

Bob was also a Life Member of Girraween Little Athletics Club (GLAC) which was conferred upon him in 1986, two years before he became a Life Member of Girraween Athletics Club (GAC). Bob was the first of only three persons who has been conferred Life Membership of both clubs. Bob was President of GAC from 1988 to 2003 (except for the 1997-1998 season when Graham Sheargold was President). A total of 14 seasons.


He also became a 25 year medallist in 2002. He dedicated himself to athletics for over a quarter of a century.
Many of our members were coached and otherwise influenced by Bob who was a true pillar of our club. He will be sadly missed. 
Thanks to the Grant family and others who spent time with him before the end. Unfortunately it was only last night at a Committee meeting that several of us including myself found out about his declining health.
Our condolences go out to Paul and the entire Sewell family. Funeral details will be distributed when they become available.
President GAC


During the winter season, we compete in the West Metropolitan Cross Country competition. Our athletes also compete at representative meets such as NSW State Championships.

We have coaching each Monday and Wednesday from 6.00pm.throughout the year. During summer, in conjunction with the Girraween Little Athletics Centre we can offer coaching in most running, jumping and throw events on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Our club is currently celebrating its 36th year. If you have any information regarding our history please contact our President, Wayne Thurlow or Michael Christie on (02) 96307471 or email Michael at

Congratulations Taylor Doyle. The photograph below shows our Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games star receiving her Gold medal. The photograph to the left shows Taylor in flight in her Long Jump event.


Steve Parkins


Girraween athletes taken with the legendary Bruce Fordyce at the 2014 SMC Annual Presentation Dinner held at Seven Hills. Bruce Fordyce is a great South African ultra-marathoner who won the legendary Comrades 90km race in South Africa an incredible nine times including eight in a row through the 1980’s. He also still holds the current 50 mile world record which he set in 1983.

Our members were privileged to hear the great man speak and to have a photo with him was a rare and great opportunity.



It is with great sadness that we inform you that one of our long time members, Phil Bowden, passed away today after a short illness.
Phil was 89. Phil is well known to our members and friends who have been with Girraween Athletics Club for a number of years. In recent times he always popped down to C V Kelly Park at least a couple of times over our summer seasons to catch up and say a cheerie hello to his friends at Girraween Athletics Club.

Even though his competitive days were behind him, he maintained a keen interest in all Girraween’s athletes and how they were going in their various competitions. He was a very good long distance runner in his own right in his younger days as well.

It was always a pleasure to have a chat with Phil as he always had great stories to tell and he was very much a gentleman. He will be very sadly missed by all his friends at Girraween Athletics Club.


Girraween’s Brad Milosevic has won the 2015 Sun Herald City2Surf.
All at Girraween Athletics Club congratulate Brad on this magnificent achievement. His name now sits alongside some of the great names of Australian distance running such as Rob De Castella, Steve Moneghetti and Andy Lloyd to name a few who have won this most iconic race on the Australian calendar.
While over the last 18 months, Brad has won some significant races both in Australia and overseas, this without a doubt would be his greatest moment in the sport to date.
After such an achievement we all wish him all the best for the future and hope he has a well-earned rest at least for a day or two. He deserves it.
Michael Christie GAP

After last year’s impressive performances, Girraween’s Brad Milosevic has followed this up with a wonderful display in the NSW 5000m Championships held at SOPAC , Saturday evening, winning this championship in a  time of 14:20.94 winning by almost 10 seconds from Kembla Jogger’s up and coming distance runner Joshua Torley who finished second.
This is a great result by Brad over a distance that he does not run often, following up his solid effort in the Australian Cross Country trials in Canberra last weekend. A display such as this, less than a week after the National trials in Canberra is a remarkable effort, particularly given the quality of the field at SOPAC Saturday evening.
All his friends and supporters at Girraween Athletics Club offer him our heartiest congratulations on another very fine performance and we wish him well for the upcoming 2015 season. Great achievement Brad!!!!

Click here to view the full 5000m Championship event.

Brad Milosevic with his coach Ken Green and women's 5000m champion Lucy Starrat (also trained by Ken

Congratulations to the Girraween athletes who competed in this year's Sydney 10 which was held at Homebush on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

GAP can announce that Girraween’s Taylor Doyle has been selected in the Australian team to compete at the IPC Athletics World Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar 21-31 October 2015. This is the second IPC World Championships that Taylor will be competing at, having represented Australia at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon, France in 2013.

This is a most remarkable achievement given what Taylor has gone through over the last eighteen months. I urge you all when you have a brief moment to have a look at the video of Taylor. This will give you a sense of the remarkable fightback that she has undertaken to build up to the elite level again.  Not only is Taylor competing again but to be able to do so in representing her country at such a high level is a testament to her amazing courage and fortitude.

All at Girraween Athletics Club send her our heartiest congratulations on her selection and we wish her all the best in the lead up over the next few weeks and at Championships too.

Click here to view Taylor's heart-warming and inspirational story.


Girraween’s Brad Milosevic has won the prestigious Nagoya City Half Marathon in Japan on March 8, 2015 in a time of 66:04. This is Brad’s first international win and is a great result for him following on closely from his NSW 5000m state title a couple of weeks ago. Congratulations to Brad on this very fine achievement and all his friends at Girraween send him their best wishes on this tremendous result. He has begun 2015 in magnificent style. Great running Brad!

Further information ...

Sydney distance runners have created history today with both Brad Milosevec and Lucy Starrat winning the Nagoya City Half Marathon.
Brad became the Australian Champion in the 2014 Blackmores Sydney Half Marathon and now has his first international win to his credit.
Starrat's win was impressive given it was her debut. She entered the race in good form after winning the NSW 5,000m Championships a fortnight ago.
Lucy ran 1hr 18.56, a very solid first run.

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Race Director Wayne Larden said, "Brad was actually a good 150m behind the leader at the half way point so he obviously faught hard to take the win. Lucy however looked very smooth and was well clear of her rivals at half way."

The Nagoya City Marathon is the Sister City Marathon to the Blackmores Sydney Marathon.

Both Lucy and Brad are members of Sydney Running Academy and coached by Ken Green.

Photographs below are from the recent State Long Course Cross Country Championships held at Dapto on June 20, 2015. Click here to see more.



Click here to read our October Newsletter

Brad Milosevic competing at the IAAF Marathon in London 2017


Our recent AGM couldn't be timed any better as it also followed closely behind some big announcements including

1. Brad Milosevic being selected for the Australian Marathon Team in the IAAF World Championships in London in August,

2. Brad running an amazing first leg of the relays on the weekend (he was first across the line in a strong field),

3. Taylor Doyle winning the Hawkesbury All Abilities Sports Person of the Year 2017 and

4. Brendon Neich being selected for a development squad which will see him training at the AIS in Canberra.

Well done guys.


Thank you everyone who supported Run4Jess 2018.
Click here for the results.

Hello Friends,
Girraween athlete Brad Milosevic won the Nagoya City Half Marathon in Japan today in the great time of 1:04.53. This is a pb over the distance for Brad and it’s the second time in three years that Brad has won this prestigious international event.
It’s a great result for Brad and a wonderful reward for Brad’s hard work in training over recent months as he a prepares for another marathon in the near future.
All of us at Girraween Athletics Club send Brad our heartiest congratulations on his win today and wish him all the best with his recovery and training over the weeks and months ahead.
, Michael
~ Girraween Athetics Club Publicity Officer

West Met Cross Country Calendar

Steve Mifsud - Knapsack Lap Race held at Glenbrook on Australia Day, 2017.

Congratulations to all Girraween Members who competed in the NSW State Relays. Click here to read the report.

Dylan, Elijah, Nathan, Rob, Steve C and Steve O

Steve C, Rob, Claudio and Steve O

Taylor Doyle recently visited CV Kelly Park.

Past President and Life Member, Bob Sewell would like to thank those who have visited him at Merrylands Nursing Home
(42 Cumberland Road, Greystanes). As can be seen in the photograph below, he particularly enjoyed a recent visit from Brad Milosevic. Bob was Brad's first athletics coach and coached him until 2004. They shared many fond memories and Bob was thrilled to learn first hand about Brad's more recent achievements.

Congratulations to Brad Milosevic - Winner of 2016 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Bridge Run 9K. In showing his versatility as a distance runner, in 2015 Brad was placed 2nd in the Blackmores Half Marathon.

Hello friends,
This morning Taylor Doyle from Girraween Athletics Club won a Silver Medal in the T38 Women’s Long Jump Final at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. She leapt 4.62m to finish second behind the Chinese athlete who jumped 4.77m. In a big field of thirteen athletes this is an extraordinary achievement by Taylor.
The effort in making the Australian team for the Rio Paralympics was quite incredible in itself. To then go onto medal in such a big field, well that is the most amazing achievement by Taylor in an incredible career.
We are sure you will all join with us in wishing Taylor congratulations. Everyone at Girraween is so proud of what she has achieved. Taylor never ever gave up, overcoming incredible obstacles along the way and to be rewarded with a Silver Medal at these Paralympic Games is a testament to her courage, never say die attitude and her incredible determination. This is a day to remember!
Everyone at Girraween also sends their congratulations to Taylor’s family who have been with Taylor on this journey, her friends, her coach and her support network. It is an incredible story.

Click here to view the highlights of the Preliminary rounds of Taylor's Long Jump.

Click here to view the highlights of the Finals round of Taylor's Long Jump.

Click here to view highlights of Taylor's event as well as an interview with her.

Click here to view a brief Channel 7 News Report.

Click here to view Taylor in the Medal Ceremony.
Footage of the full ceremony was not available

Taylor Doyle Newspaper Article
Oakville’s Taylor Doyle smashes her personal best to win her first silver medal at Paralympics

Taylor Doyle Newspaper Article
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Taylor Doyle Newspaper Article
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Summer Competition has commenced at CV Kelly Park, Girraween on each
Saturday starting at 2p.m. Please arrive a little earlier to allow for signing on, warming up and perhaps helping with set up. Please click here for a printable information sheet.


Hello friends,
We have just received the incredibly exciting news from Terry, Taylor’s dad, that Taylor has been selected in the Australian Paralympics team to compete at the Rio Paralympics in September. Taylor will be competing in the T38 Long Jump.
This is an extraordinary achievement by Taylor given the barriers she has overcome to reach this goal.

You only have to have a look at the video on this link to have some idea of the journey she has undertaken in recent years. Taylor also overcame a major foot injury a couple of months ago whilst in the middle of her qualifying campaign. She overcame this hurdle and now has been selected for Australia at the Rio Paralympics.
Taylor is only the second athlete and first woman from Girraween Athletics Club to be selected in an Olympic or Paralympic team which gives you some idea of the magnitude of her achievement. Adrian Grogan from Girraween Athletics Club competed for Australia at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics in the T36 400m and 800m.

Taylor will be leaving Australia around August 20 to go into camp in Florida with her team mates in the Athletics section of the Australian Paralympic team.
We are sure you will join with us on behalf of everyone at Girraween Athletics Club in congratulating Taylor on her most remarkable achievement. To Terry and all her family, coach, support team and
friends we also wish you our congratulations as well. This has been a lifelong athletics journey, and this selection is a fulfilment of a dream.
Michael Christie                                (GAP)




We would like to pass on our congratulations to both Brendon and Teagan Neich on their efforts in the Nationals that were held earlier this year in Perth. We hope they both enjoyed the experience, particularly Teagan as it was her first Australian Junior Championships. Brendon entered in the U16 Hammer and U16 Javelin while Teagan entered the U14 Hammer, U15 Hammer and U14 Discus.  Looking at the results the competition appeared pretty strong and of a very high standard in their events. Brendon’s 2nd place in his Hammer was a great result and we are sure both Brendan and Teagan were pleased with their fine efforts.


Their Mum, Shandelle reported that they all had a fun filled but very busy 8 days in Perth. They did get in some sightseeing before the competition started. Both kids did their best in a field of very tough competitors. Shandelle was very proud of their achievements. They looked very professional out there and Mum needed to keep reminding herself they are still so young with Teagan being only 12 and Brendon just turned 15. 

The results are as follows:


1  Under 15 Hammer Throw – 7th – 31.19m

2  Under 14 Hammer Throw – 8th – 29.74m

3  Under 14 Shotput – 8th – 9.79m

4  Under 14 Discus – 11th – 23.61m 


1  Under 16 Hammer Throw – 2nd – 51.49m PB

2  Under 16 Javelin – 5th – 40.67m PB


Girraween’s Brad Milosevic has won the 2014 Blackmore’s Sydney Half Marathon in the great time of 1:06.47. As this event was also doubling as the Australian Half Marathon Championships it also means that Brad is now the 2014 Australian Half Marathon Champion. This is another great result for Brad and continues a stellar year of athletic achievement by him. All members, families and friends of Girraween Athletics Club send him our heartiest congratulations on this wonderful result, one that is incredibly well deserved. We all hope he recovers well from today’s effort and wish Brad all the best with his ongoing athletics career over the coming months and years.


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