Waitakere City Athletic Club - West Auckland
Representatives
The Waitakere City Athletic Club, formerly the Waitemata Athletic Club, can take great pride in the large number of New Zealand representative athletes it has produced. Up to and including 2010, 32 athletes from our club have represented New Zealand in International competitions.

The first was Joe Antunovich who competed in the discus event at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.   Antunovich was a talented all-round sportsman during his teenage years at Henderson High School. He played in the school’s first rugby XV, was an outstanding basketballer and an exceptional athlete excelling in the shot and discus events.  He twice won the New Zealand junior (under 19) discus championship, in 1966 and 1967, and in March 1967 he set a New Zealand junior discus record at 57.56m (1.5kg weight discus). The record stood for 9 years. As well he won the New Zealand junior shot title in 1967.

Antunovich was awarded an athletic scholarship at one of America’s most prestigious universities, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he competed for four years on the university’s athletic team in addition to studying architecture. After graduating with honours from USC, Antunovich stayed on in the United States and now lives in Chicago where he has his own architecture business employing a staff of fifteen.

Seven years passed before the club had its second New Zealand representative, Gary Henley-Smith.  Like Antunovich, Henley-Smith was a brilliant all-round sportsman playing in Auckland Grammar School's Rugby 1st XV at wing (or fullback) and in the school’s Cricket 1st XI as an opening batsman. He was also the Auckland and New Zealand secondary schools senior boys 100m and 200m champion and held the New Zealand junior men’s 100m and 200m records at 10.4s and 21.7s. His 10.4s 100m record, set in 1977, stood for 13 years.

Henley-Smith first represented New Zealand against Australia in 1977. Later that year he was a member of the Oceania team at the World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany. He also competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland in New Zealand’s 4 x 100m relay team.  Between 1977 and 1990 Henley Smith spent four years on an athletic scholarship at Washington State University on the United State’s west coast. He is now teaching at St Paul’s College in Hamilton.

Christina Dallow was the club’s third New Zealand representative. Daughter of Club life member Ross Dallow, who is now coach of Beatrice Faumuina, Christina competed in the heptathlon in a New Zealand v Australia international multi-events meeting in Christchurch in early 1982.

Later that year our club was honoured with three New Zealand representatives at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games – Kim Robertson, Pam Hendren and Janine Robson.  Robertson who had joined the club in 1981, won the difficult New Zealand 100m, 200m and 400m sprint treble in early 1982 then went on to finish fifth in the Commonwealth Games 200 metres final.

Hendren, a former New Zealand long jump champion and recordholder, finished 6th in the Brisbane Commonwealth Games long jump while Robson narrowly failed to qualify for the Games 400m hurdles final finishing a close fifth in her heat.  In March 1982, while still a junior woman, Robson won the New Zealand women’s 400m hurdles title in a national record 59.12s. At age 18 she was the youngest member of the 34-strong New Zealand track and field team at the Brisbane Games.

Cameron Taylor was our club’s first Olympian.  A world class 200m sprinter, Taylor competed in this event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games where he clocked a New Zealand record 20.83s for 5th in the second round, narrowly missing qualifying for the Games semi-finals. Another to attend an American university on an athletic scholarship - Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas - Taylor is now living and working back in Auckland.

Beatrice Faumuina is the club’s second Olympian.  Faumuina, the 1997 world discus champion, joined our club in 2005 after transferring from the Auckland City Club. She finished fourth in the discus at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games then represented New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Two of our most successful international athletes have been Angela McKee, third in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games high jump, and Elizabeth Lamb who was the high jump gold medallist at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India.  Both Beatrice Faumuina and Elizabeth Lamb have been selected to represent New Zealand in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

WAITEMATA-WAITAKERE CITY ATHLETIC CLUB’S NZ REPRESENTATIVES
(Events and performances where known)    

1970

JOE ANTUNOVICH     Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh
            7th - Discus -  53.50 metres

1977

GARY HENLEY-SMITH        NZ v Australia, Auckland   
                World Cup, Represented Oceania Region, Desseldorf, Germany

1982

CHRISTINA DALLOW        NZ v Australia Multi-Events International
                Christchurch
                5th - Heptathlon 4832 points
    
KIM ROBERTSON        Commonwealth Games, Brisbane
                5th - 400m Final - 53.02s
                4th - Semi-final - 52.94s
                4th - Heat - 53.39s
                6th - Final 4 x 400m Relay  - 3m 40.63s
    
PAM HENDREN            Commonwealth Games, Brisbane
                6th - Long Jump - 6.30m
    
JANINE ROBSON        Commonwealth Games, Brisbane
                5th - Semi-final 400m hurdles - 61.17s
                6th - Final 4 x 400m Relay  - 3m 40.63s

1985

KIM PETERSEN        NZ v Australia v England Under 20 International Series
                Melbourne, Sydney, Hamilton and Auckland
                100m Hurdles
    
HELEN HAWLEY     NZ v Australia v England Under 20 International Series
                Melbourne, Sydney, Hamilton and Auckland
                400m

1987 

HELEN HAWLEY        New Zealand v New South Wales v A.C.T, Sydney
                4th - 800m - 2m 7.88s
                1st - 4 x 400m Relay - 3m 36.72s (NZ)

1988

GLEN LE GROS
                World Junior Cross-Country Championship, Auckland
                65th - 26m 48s
    
VANESSA JACK        World Junior Championships, Sudbury, Canada
                7th - Heats 100m Hurdles - 14.73s
                6th - Heats 400m Hurdles - 63.21s

1989

CAMERON TAYLOR        New Zealand v Australia 4 x 100m Relay, Canberra
                1st - 40.30s (New Zealand Record)
    
GLEN LE GROS        World Cross-Country Championships, Norway
                104th Junior Men
    
VAUGHAN McCULLOUGH    Australian U20 XC Championships, Queensland
                4th
    
HELEN HAWLEY        Australian Championships, Brisbane
                5th - 800m - 2m 9.36s
    
VANESSA JACK        Australian Championships, Brisbane
                1st - Women’s 20 100m Hurdles - 14.45s                                                                            
                6th - Women’s 100m Hurdles - 14.34s

1990  

GARY HENLEY-SMITH        Commonwealth Games, Auckland
                4th - Heats 4 x 100m Relay  NZ team - 40.53s
                Commonwealth Challenge, Sydney
                5th - 100m -11.20s
    
 KIM PETERSEN        Commonwealth Games, Auckland
                6th - Heats 400m Hurdles - 59.56s
                Commonwealth Challenge, Sydney
                6th - 400m Hurdles - 59.61s
    
CASSANDRA KELLY        Commonwealth Games, Auckland
                6th - Heats 10m Hurdles - 14.21s
                9th - Heptathlon 5244 points (incl. 100m Hurdles 13.99s)
                Commonwealth Challenge, Sydney
                7th - 100m Hurdles - 14.82s
                11th - High Jump - 1.65 metres
    
CAMERON TAYLOR        World Junior Championships, Provdiv, Bulgaria
                3rd - Heats 200m - 21.32s  
                4th - Semi-final - 21.23s
    
HELEN HAWLEY        Oceania Championships, Suva, Fiji
                1st - 800m - 2m 9.35s
                1st - 1500m - 4m 33.17s
    
CARMEL CORBETT        Oceania Championships, Suva, Fiji
                1st - High Jump - 1.77m
    
DEREK RENZ            Oceania Championships, Suva, Fiji
                1st - 800m - 1m 57.16s
                1st - 1500m - 3m 58.58s
    
ELIZABETH BINNS        Oceania Championships, Suva, Fiji
                3rd - ShotPut - 12.33m
    
NIGEL BROWN            Oceania Championships, Suva, Fiji
                6th - 5000m - 16m 8.20s

1991

CAMERON TAYLOR        World Athletics Championships, Tokyo, Japan
                8th - 2nd round 200m - 21.40s
    
SCOTT NELSON        World Race Walking Cup, San Jose, U.S.A.
                80th - 20km Road Walk -1h 33m 10s

1992

CAMERON TAYLOR        Olympic Games,Barcelona, Spain
                2nd - Heats 200m - 20.91s
                5th - 2nd Round - 20.83s (New Zealand Record)      
    
VANESSA JACK        Australian Championships, Adelaide
                6th - 100m Hurdles - 14.24s

1993

SCOTT NELSON        World Athletics Championships, Stuttgart, Germany
                20km Road Walk - 1hr 30m 15s - ? placing
                World Walking Cup, Monterrey, Mexico
                71st - 20km Road Walk - 1h 37m 36s
    
MATTHEW DALLOW        World University Games, Buffalo, U.S.A
                Decathlon.  Did not finish.                                  

1994

ZION ARMSTRONG        World Junior Championships, Lisbon, Portugal
                27th - 400m Hurdles - 52.59s
                4th - 4 x 400m Relay - 3m 7.25s (New Zealand Record)
                Oceania Championships, Auckland
                1st - 400m Junior Hurdles - 53.69s
    
ELIZABETH BINNS        Oceania Championships, Auckland
                1st - Shot Put - 13.08m
                2nd - 100m Hurdles - 14.76s                                      
    
NUREE WHITE            Oceania Championships, Auckland
                2nd - 800m - 2m 16.10s
    
RUTH CHANEY            Oceania Championships, Auckland
                2nd - Junior Women’s 100m hurdles -15.23s

1998

ZION ARMSTRONG        Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
                5th - Heats 400m Hurdles - 50.77s

1999

ANDREA MCBRIDE        Oceania Under 18 Championships
                1st - Javelin - 45.44m

2000

ANDREA McBRIDE        World Junior Championships, Santiago, Chile
                Javelin - 42.97m. Did not qualify for final
                Australian Championships, Sydney
                4th - Women’s Javelin - 49.50m (NZ W19 record)
                Australian Under 20 Championships, Sydney
                2nd - Javelin - 46.46m

2001

ANDREA MCBRIDE        Australian Championships, Brisbane
                6th - Women’s Javelin - 46.42m
                3rd - Under 20 Javelin - 46.66m

2007

BEATRICE FAUMUINA    World Athletics Championships, Osaka, Japan
                13th - Discus - 55.75m
    
KERI TONGALEA        World Youth Championships, Ostrava, Czech Republic
                Discus. 3 no throws. Did not qualify
                Australian Olympic Youth Festival, Sydney
                2nd - Shot Put - 16.88m
                3rd - Discus - 54.17m
    
ELIZABETH LAMB        World Youth Championships, Ostrava, Czech Republic
                High Jump - 1.70 m. Did not qualify
                Australian Olympic Youth Festival, Sydney
                4th - High Jump - 1.69m
    
ARMEL CHOU-LEE      World Youth Championships, Ostrava, Czech Republic
                Discus - 41.95 m. Did not qualify.
    
ANDREA  KOENEN        Australian Olympic Youth Festival, Sydney
                5th - 200m - 25.24s

2008  

BEATRICE FAUMUINA        Olympic Games, Beijing, China
                Discus - 57.15m. Did not qualify
    
ELIZABETH LAMB        Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, India
                1st - High Jump - 1.79m
                Athletics Australia Cup, Brisbane
                1st - High Jump - 1.75m
    
ANDREA KOENEN        Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, India
                6th - 200m Final - 24.77s
                6th - 4 x 100m Relay - 46.99s
                4th - 4 x 400m Relay - 3m 51.99s

2009

BEATRICE FAUMUINA        Sydney Grand Prix, Sydney
                3rd - Discus - 59.57m
                World Athletics Tour, Melbourne
                4th - Discus  - 56.93m
    
ANDREA  KOENEN        Sydney Grand Prix, Sydney
                2nd - 4 x 100m Relay  - 44s
                World University Games, Belgrade, Serbia
                23rd -100m - 12.09s
                15th - 200m - 24.14s
    
CLAYTON MBOFANA        Oceania Regional Championships, Gold Coast,
                Australia
                1st - 100m - 10.82s
                1st - 200m - 22.03s

2010 

BEATRICE FAUMUINA        Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India
                5th - Discus - 57.79m
                Oceania Area Championships
                1st - Discus - 58.32m
    
ELIZABETH LAMB        World Junior Championships, Moncton, Canada
                9th - High Jump - 1.78m (1.81m Qualifying Round)
                Commonwealth Games, Dehli, India
                6th - High Jump - 1.78m
                Oceania Area Championships
                1st - Women’s High Jump - 1.80m
                1st - Women’s Under 20 High Jump - 1.80m
    
KERI TONGALEA        Oceania Area Championships
                2nd - Discus - 49.48m

2011

ANDREA KOENEN        World University Games, Shenzhen, China
                36th - 100m - 25.17s
                Golden Grand Prix, Kawasaki, Japan
                4th - 4 x 100m Relay - 46.12s
    
WILLIAM CRAYFORD        World University Games, Shenzhen, China
                23rd - High Jump - 2.00m

Compiled by
Roy Williams

 

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