The University of Tasmania Athletics Club Board of Directors comprises of five individuals with experience in the areas of business, finance, commercialisation, sports strategy and governance.
Patron - David Sadler
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students & Education) University of Tasmania
Evan Peacock - Chair
Evan is the Director of a world class University Research Infrastructure facility and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also brings with him more than 15 years of coaching experience, specialising in throws and strength & conditioning; from Little Athletics through to Olympic level. In addition to coaching his sons Hamish and Huw, Evan has coached numerous other athletes to the podium at State, national & international competition. Evan has been a multiple recipient of the Athletics Tasmania Coach of the Year, and a previous winner of the Athletics Australia Coach of the Year for junior athletes.
Some could argue that his rock climbing background has given him a distinct advantage in holding the unofficial record of hauling up the hammer cage in Hobart faster than anyone else. Away from the track, Evan is a two wheel enthusiast who, when not puttering around on his Triumph, enjoys going down hills on a mountain bike, much more than going up them!
By day, Stuart is a University of Tasmania academic specialising in physical and ecosystem modelling at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem Co-operative Research Centre, investigating the likely impacts of climate change on the Southern Ocean food web, after work (and sometimes during) Stuart is a passionate athlete and coach. Before his involvement in athletics Stuart was a keen multi-sport athlete, achieving top 5 placings in both the Freycinet & Winter Challenge and completing a couple of marathons.
Stuart is now involved in the coaching of a squad of athletes that include his two teenage daughters. His interest is skewed towards longer events where mental preparation and toughness are just as important as speed, but thinks anything 800 m or longer is a great event. Oddly, he also knows a bit about pole vault.
Stuart joined UTAS AC because of the club’s focus on participation and enjoyment of athletics, and the desire to build a team culture in what is often seen as an individual sport. He is particularly interested in assisting athletes making the transition from junior to senior ranks and developing a lifelong involvement in sport.
Stuart started athletics starting as a sprinter and jumper under the watchful eye of Peter Turnock. Having suffered from shin splits, Stuart hung up the spikes and picked up a pair of throwing shoes and a hammer. Under Evan Peacock’s coaching, Stuart’s highest achievement was a bronze medal at the U20 National Championships for hammer at the age of 18. Since then a lack of training has seen a more social Stuart more involved with officiating, seen at most Hobart interclub meets and most major championship events, both in Tasmania and interstate.
Stuart’s interests outside athletics are soccer, AFL, ten pin bowling, and Scouts. Stuart sits on the Scouts Tasmania Board of Management and Finance Committee and recently received the Rover Service Award for outstanding service to the Rover Scout section of the movement.
As an athlete Hamish needs little introduction. A World Youth silver medallist, 5th at the World Juniors, member of the Australian Flame, competed at two World Championship events, numerous Diamond League meets and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, and in 2016 he added the title of Olympian to his bio, making him Tasmania’s all time most successful field athlete.
In addition to javelin, Hamish holds several Tasmanian junior records in shot put and discus, and has achieved national medals in those events. At interclub meets you will often see him competing in various events, where he is encouraging of athletes of all ages and abilities. When not competing you will still find him at the track, either at site setting up or officiating, or often assisting young athletes at various coaching clinics.
Hamish is a UTAS Engineering graduate, and away from the track (yes, he does leave it occasionally), Hamish enjoys hanging out with the family dogs, Milly & Olive, listening to music and watching sport.
Tracy Canham & Stuart CVorney