Athletics – Event Overview


Mackay Athletics Club is proud to host the Athletics as part of the 2018 NQ Games.

The NQ Games will see athletes from all across North Queensland compete and better their best against local competition. Among the entrants we are proud to have some elite level athletes from the region and an Australian Commonwealth Games representative.


TARYN GOLLSHEWSKY- 2018 Commonwealth Games Discus Representative

Aged 16, Taryn Gollshewsky first wore the green and gold at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships, placing 12th. One year on, she was off to the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships where she competed in the qualifying rounds. She had thrown a tremendous PB of 53.69m in the lead-up to the championships. 

At the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in 2012, she was locked in a four-way tie for the two places in the Australian team for the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships. Unfortunately, she placed third and missed selection. 

Taryn rebounded in 2013 with a PB 54.79m, ahead of a breakthrough 2014 campaign. During the domestic season, she destroyed her PB, with 55.09m in Adelaide, then 56.74m in Brisbane in March, closing the year as the second Australian at the Nationals. Selected for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Taryn nailed a PB of 58.24m in the qualifying round, finishing ninth in the final. 

In 2015, Taryn improved her consistency of throws with 53m her lowest throw. But 2016 was another breakthrough season, raising her PB on four occasions reaching 60.27m. Taryn became just the sixth Australian to throw over 60m and only the second for the last 14 years, along with Dani Stevens. 

In 2017 her consistency continued with three throws over 59 metres with a best of 59.94m. Although she remained short of the 2017 IAAF World Championships qualifying standard, in late July, she received an IAAF roll down position for London 2017. She was also selected for the 2017 World University Games. In London, she managed 54.29m in the qualifying rounds. On to Taipei for the World Unis later that month, she rebounded with a throw of 58.11m winning the bronze medal. 

Seeking selection in her second Commonwealth Games team, Gollshewsky, nailed her season best at the 2018 Australian championships and trials to secure automatic nomination for the team, courtesy of her second placing with a throw of 58.67m. 

ISABELLA STARR – Australian 200m Champion 2017 in the Girls 14yrs Age group

Isabella is an young athlete with a promising future. She has broken numerous long standing records in North Queensland and will be a young athlete to watch at this years games.

JOSIAH MCCARTHY – National Middle Distance Runner









19 year old Josiah McCarthy is an up & coming middle distance runner specialising in the 800m & 1500m. Josiah competed at his first National titles this year and is a favourite to win the 1500m Feature Race.

Feature Event – 1500m 56er’s Olympic Torchbearers Club

Also included in the Athletics event is the 1500m feature event. 56 Olympic Torchbearers Club inc & The North Queensland Sports Foundation are proud to announce a $2,000 purse for the 1500m Open Mens & Womens races. The race is held too commemorate the 1956 Olympic Torch Relay, involving 2800 Athletes each running one mile (approx. 1500m) from Cairns to Melbourne.

DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER – 1500m Open Mens’s & Women’s Race Feature Event – $2000 Purse

Prizes –

  • Winner $600 plus Trophy & name added to perpetual shield
  • Second $300
  • Third $100 plus medallions for both Men’s and Women’s Races.

This event will be live broadcast by Star 101.8 FM Mackay Radio. This is an event you do not want to miss!


Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2018
Saturday 5th – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 6th – 8:00am to 2:30pm


Mackay State High School



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