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Jade on her way

The article below is the stories of one of the Para-athletes that train at North Beach Athletic.  It was published in the West Australian.  Well done Jade!

Survivor falls in love with life

The West Australian

Jade Richards has a new goal to become an Australian Paralympian.

Snuggling up to the beautiful baby girl who may never have been, Jade Richards is cherishing life as a new mum getting closer to her Paralympic dream.

Three years ago, Ms Richards was lying on rail tracks at Perth’s McIver station, both legs severed below the knee after she was hit by a train. Her miracle survival gave her a second chance at life — then on August 25 the 20-year-old delivered daughter Olive Miah Ann O’Sullivan.

“Life is going beautifully,” Ms Richards said this week.

“I think it was meant to be and this is who I am, Olive’s mum. Life is so cool and not everyone realises it. We have to think about how amazing it is to be alive.”

Ms Richards’ remarkable recovery has been so compelling that it moved Brad Ness, Australia’s flag-bearer at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, to say he had barely seen a more compelling turnaround.

“It’s quite a transformation,” the four-times Paralympian told The Weekend West.

After a difficult 2016, it was a moment on the eve of this year that brought new optimism for Ms Richards and the love of her life Nick O’Sullivan.

 

Jade Richards, who lost both legs when she was hit by a train in 2014, with her three-month-old daughter Olive.

“I never make resolutions and last year it was, ‘Say yes to life’,” Ms Richards said.

“Then two weeks later I find out I’m pregnant. Last year wasn’t that great and I wasn’t saying yes to life. I was looking for substance, looking for something in the wrong places.

“I’m still finding myself really but I’m totally in love with Nick and in love with life. I feel so lucky.”

Ms Richards laughed that their relationship started at a party after Mr O’Sullivan approached her and said she looked like a Pizza Hut worker in the outfit she was wearing.

It is appreciation of humour that contrasts with her ordeal — it included two months in Royal Perth Hospital’s trauma unit, two weeks at Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital and 15 operations.

 

“I was lost for a long time,” she said. “Like, ‘Where is my place in the universe, what am I doing and why me?’ When the train hit me, I thought I was going to die. I was alert, awake and when I went to get up, I saw no legs. It was crazy.

“But I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything changes and you have to be comfortable with change. Change is beautiful and it’s scary and you just have to accept it.”

While life turned sour for South Africa’s shamed Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, who was known as the Blade Runner, the athletic potential of Perth’s “Jade Runner” is in its infancy. She speaks with a maturity beyond her years and is adamant she will reach her elite athletic goals.

A promising swimmer, athlete and gymnast before the accident, Ms Richards is making rapid progress under coach Mark Bannister. She is running with the new blades she dreamt about as she lay in her trauma unit bed.

Ms Richards has already learnt to run on the prosthetics she calls her “day legs” and while the blades force her on to the tips to run, she is eagerly eyeing sprint glory at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

“It would be the ultimate goal,” she said. “I didn’t even think it would be possible to walk again for a long time.

“I think everything is possible.”

 

 

President & Head Coach Retires

The President and Head Coach of North Beach Athletics Paul Edmiston has officially announced today he is retiring from club athletics coaching at the end of September 2017.

“After almost 10 years with North Beach Athletics I feel the time is right to retire as President & Head Coach of the club.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Blues and would like to thank my family, the committee and members that supported me through this fantastic period. I am incredibly honoured and proud of what we have achieved together.” – Paul Edmiston.

Head Coach 2008-2017
President 2009-2015 & 2016-2017

His coaching record

World (Open)
2017 World Championships – Coaching medalist (first & only WA coach)
2017 World Championships – Sarah Edmiston F44 3rd place Discus & 7th place Shot Put
National (Open & Junior)
38 representatives
12 medals = 3 Gold, 4 Silver & 5 Bronze.
State (Open & Junior)
133 medals = 37 Gold, 39 Silver & 32 Bronze.
Club (Open & Junior)
64 Club Records
Professional (Open & Junior)
1 x VIC 120m Gift Winner
13 x WA 120m Gift Winners
5 x WCAL Championship Team (2012-2017)
5 x WCAL Coach of the Year (2012-2017)
Prizemoney = $42362.50

 

2016/17 Annual AGM & Awards

Kane Watson Club Champion – Sarah Edmiston presented  by Josh Watson

Male Champion – Adam Kopp presented by Tony Krsticevic MLA

Female Champion – Catherine Porter presented by Tony Krsticevic MLA

Junior Female Champion – Leah Richards presented by Tony Krsticevic MLA

Junior Male Champion – Etienne Rousseau presented by Tony Krsticevic MLA

Most Promising Athlete – Liam Gartlan (pictured right with ‘WA Throws Mafia’ team mates Todd & Sarah) presented by Paul Edmiston

Most Improved – Ellen Robinson presented by Barrie Kernaghan

Paul Edmiston Coaches Trophy – Talia Pisano presented by Paul Edmiston

Most Improved Para Athlete – Rebecca Turner presented by Mark Bannister

Mark Bannister Para Coaches Trophy – Josh Morrow presented by Mark Bannister

Barrie Kernaghan Spirit Award – Luke Robinson presented by Adriaan Pelser

Life Membership – Adriaan Pelser presented by (our last inducted LM) Sarah Edmiston

Special Recognition Awards – to our #Perth2016 Masters World Champions Todd Davey & Barrie Kernaghan presented by Tony Krsticevic MLA

When: Thursday 23rd of March 2017.
Where: Wendling Rd Function Hall, Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach.
AGM: 6pm-6.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm-7.00pm.
Awards:  7pm-8pm.

You must RSVP to reserve your dinner booking: info@nbablues.com

2016/17 WA State Championships

North Beach Results

24/02/2017 – 26/02/2017

Event 6 Men 100 m U20

Preliminaries
3 209 Kopp, Adam 99 North Beach 11.42Q NWI 1
10 665 Robinson, Luke 98 North Beach 11.99 NWI 1

Event 48 Women 100 m PARA

Finals
3 970 Turner T/F37, Rebecca 03 North Beach 19.09 0.3
5 1024 Heady T/F36, Madison 01 North Beach 25.63 0.3

Event 24 Women 200 m Hurdles 76cm U16

Finals
1 124 Porter, Catherine 02 North Beach 31.21 0.1 PB

Event 34 Women 100 m U14

Finals
3 569 Pisano, Talia 04 North Beach 13.43 0.2

Event 40 Women 100 m U17

Finals
4 130 Robinson, Ellen 01 North Beach 13.21 0.4

Event 45 Men 100 m U20

Finals
4 209 Kopp, Adam 99 North Beach 11.47 0.4

Event 8 Women Hammer Throw 3kg U16

Finals
3 114 Moore, Caitlin 02 North Beach 36.26m

Event 14 Women High Jump U16

Finals
1 129 Richards, Leah 02 North Beach 1.65m =PB

Event 19 Men Javelin Throw 700g U15

Finals
2 235 Rousseau, Etienne 03 North Beach 34.58m

Event 21 Women Javelin Throw Ambulatory PARA

Finals
1 705 Edmiston T/F44, Sarah 75 North Beach 19.90m

Event 28 Women Javelin Throw Wheelchair PARA

Finals
1 632 Dixon T/F33, Layne 01 North Beach 3.82m

Event 30 Women Shot Put Wheelchair PARA

Finals
1 632 Dixon T/F33, Layne 01 North Beach 2.09m

Event 36 Women Shot Put Ambulatory PARA

Finals
1 705 Edmiston T/F44, Sarah 75 North Beach 7.98m
2 1024 Heady T/F36, Madison 01 North Beach 3.44m

Event 3 Women 80 m Hurdles 76cm U14

Finals
1 569 Pisano, Talia 04 North Beach 13.11 +1.2 PB

Event 6 Women 90 m Hurdles 76cm U16

Finals
3 129 Richards, Leah 02 North Beach 13.33 +1.5

Event 7 Women 100 m Hurdles 76cm U17

Finals
3 130 Robinson, Ellen 01 North Beach 15.41 +1.9 PB

Event 14 Men 110 m Hurdles 91cm U18

Finals
1 842 Pelser, Adriaan 00 North Beach 14.33 +0.3 CR & PB

Event 29 Women 400 m U16

Finals
2 124 Porter, Catherine 02 North Beach 59.26 PB
4 808 Raath, Georga 02 North Beach 1:00.26

Event 36 Men 400 m U20

Finals
1 209 Kopp, Adam 99 North Beach 48.11 CR & PB

Event 6 Women Discus Throw 1 kg U16

Finals
2 114 Moore, Caitlin 02 North Beach 30.52m

Event 10 Men High Jump U20

Finals
2 814 Tassicker, Mitchell 99 North Beach 2.05m =CR & PB

Event 12 Men Shot Put 4kg U15

Finals
1 235 Rousseau, Etienne 03 North Beach 13.89m PB

Event 25 Women Long Jump U16

Finals
4 129 Richards, Leah 02 North Beach 5.17m 1.9

Event 26 Women Long Jump PARA

Finals
2 970 Turner T/F37, Rebecca 03 North Beach 2.91m 1.1

Event 29 Men Hammer Throw 4kg U15

Finals
1 235 Rousseau, Etienne 03 North Beach 39.56m 

Event 32 Women Hammer Throw 4kg Open

Finals
6 114 Moore, Caitlin 02 North Beach 30.16m

Event 2 Women 200 Meter Sprint U16

Preliminaries
3 124 Porter, Catherine 02 North Beach 27.07Q 1.7 PB
4 808 Raath, Georga 02 North Beach 27.13Q 1.0

Event 5 Men 200 Meter Sprint U20

Preliminaries
2 209 Kopp, Adam 99 North Beach 22.82Q 1.1

Event 41 Women 200 Meter Sprint U16

Finals
3 124 Porter, Catherine 02 North Beach 26.54 2.4
5 808 Raath, Georga 02 North Beach 27.05 2.4

Event 48 Men 200 Meter Sprint U20

Finals
1 209 Kopp, Adam 99 North Beach 22.31 1.9 =PB

Event 9 Men Discus Throw 1kg U15

Finals
1 235 Rousseau, Etienne 03 North Beach 39.35m

Event 11 Women Discus Throw Ambulatory PARA

Finals
1 705 Edmiston T/F44, Sarah 75 North Beach 32.77m WCQ

Event 34 Men Long Jump U20

Finals
2 209 Kopp, Adam 99 North Beach 6.45m 2.2

PB – Personal Best | CR – Club Record | WCQ – AAA Standard World Championship Qualifier

WA Athletics State Championships North Beach Medals
2016/17 Season Total = 27. (14 – Gold, 7 – Silver & 6 – Bronze).
2015/16 Season:Total = 25. (6 – Gold, 10 – Silver & 8 – Bronze).
2014/15 Season Total = 16. (7 – Gold, 6 – Silver & 3 – Bronze).
2013/14 Sesson Total = 10. (6 – Gold, 7 – Silver & 5 – Bronze).
2012/13 Sesson Total = 23. (4 – Gold, 9 – Silver & 10 – Bronze).
2011/12 Sesson Total = 17.
2010/11 Sesson Total = 15.

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