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Dani 2014

DS2014_1Dani Samuels 2014, 23″ x 31.5″ (48 x 80cm). Oil on primed board. Phillip Carrero.
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At the very moment I was signing this painting Dani was on fire, throwing a new personal best of 67.99m in Weisbaden, Germany. First  competition of this European Tour, Glasgow 2014 Comm Games year… the best is yet to come, go Dani!

Today Dani Samuels has inched closer to the 20-year-old Australian women’s discus record. The reigning national champion and Glasgow 2014 bound discus thrower improved her personal best three times with three consecutive throws to 67.99m on the last attempt.

Her new PB moves her to second on the Australian all-time list behind only the 68.72m national record of Daniela Costian, set in 1994.

Samuels’ effort won the competition ahead of Julia Fischer of Germany, who threw 66.46 in second place.

(from http://www.athletics.com.au/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/5111/ArticleID/8095/Samuels-PB)

2003 World Youth Shot Put 25/27 Qual DNQ 11.59m
2005 World Youth Discus Throw 1/34 Final 1st 54.09m
2006 Commonwealth Games Discus Throw 3/14 3rd 59.44m
2006 World Cup Discus Throw 6/9 6th 59.68m
2006 World Junior Discus Throw 1/27 Final 1st 60.63m
2007 World Championships Discus Throw 13/28 Qual 60.44m DNQ
2007 Universiade Discus Throw 2/17 2nd 60.47m
2008 Olympic Games Discus Throw 9/38 Final 60.15m
2009 World Championships Discus Throw 1/40 Final 1st 65.44m
2009 Universiade Discus Throw 1/21 Final 1st 62.48m
2010 World Cup Discus Throw 4/8 4th 61.34m
2011 World Championships Discus Throw 10/24 Final 10th 59.14m
2012 Olympic Games Discus Throw 12/35 Qual 63.97m; Final 12th 60.40m
2013 World Championships Discus Throw 10/26 Qual 62.85m; Final 10th 62.42m
National Competition
2004-05 Aust. Junior T & F Shot Put 1 15.01m
Discus Throw 1 53.09m
2004-05 Aust. T & F Shot Put 4 (2nd Aust.) 14.71m
Discus Throw 2 (1st Aust.) 55.78m
2005-06 Aust. T & F Shot Put 2 (1st Aust.) 15.98m
Discus Throw 2 (1st Aust.) 56.67m
2006-07 Aust. Junior T & F Shot Put 1 16.19m
Discus Throw 1 58.48m
2006-07 Aust. T & F Shot Put 2 (1st Aust.) 16.17m
Discus Throw 1 60.40m
2007-08 Aust. T & F Discus Throw 1 62.95m
2008-09 Aust. T & F Shot Put 3 (1st Aust.) 16.30m
Discus Throw 1 60.05m
2009-10 Aust. T & F Discus Throw 1 63.61m
2010-11 Aust. T & F Discus Throw 1 61.79m
2011-12 Aust. T & F Shot Put 1 16.65m
Discus Throw 1 62.34m
2013-14 Aust. T & F Discus Throw 1 66.81m

Dani at the Hunter

DaniS HuntClas223.5″ x 31.5″ (60cm x 80cm) Soft pastel on board . Dani at the Hunter.
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One of two paintings I want to do of our best discus thower ever.

Dani started Little Athletics at a young age and has played basketball at a national level. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame awarded a Spirit of  Sport Scholarship to her in 2006. She hopes to compete in asmany as five Olympics. In 2007 her coach Denis Knowles arranged for U.S champion discus thrower, Mac Wilkins, who won gold in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and silver at the 1984 L A Olympics, to visit Dani in Australia. The visit led to a change in her throwing technique and a year later she became the youngest member of the Australian track and field team.

I ought to add Dani Samuels has been a pleasure to paint. Some people are so amazingly nice!

Justin Merlino

Justin Merlino79cm x 61cm (30″ x 24″)

Oil on canvas board. Phillip Carrero 2009
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Justin commenced Little Athletics in under-9s and got into hurdling by mistake after his father entered him in a hurdles event instead of the flat. He took it in his stride, literally, and won zone, regional and State titles that year.

Justin has just completed a degree in physiotherapy at Sydney University.

A win at the Australian University Games in September of 2007 rounded out a landmark year for Justin.

In 2008, Justin claimed his second national title in the 110m hurdles. Justin then went on to compete in a number of international meets and was selected in the Target 2012 Squad.

Youcef Abdi

100_036879cm x 61cm (30″ x 24″)

Oil on canvas board. Phillip Carrero 2009
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Youcef began his athletics career over 800m and at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Sydney, representing his native Algeria.

Since then he has made Australia his home and progressed over distances, stepping up to 1500m and the 3000m steeplechase. He enjoyed some successes over 1500m, winning a Commonwealth bronze medal in 2002 and Australian title in 2004. Since moving up to the 3000m steeple, he has become Australia’s second fastest man, won the 2006 national title and made his Olympic debut in Beijing 2008, where he finished sixth in the final.

Steve Hooker (Head)

p07976cm x 61cm (30″ x 24″)

Oil on Canvas Board. Phillip Carrero
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Steve Hooker created history at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, becoming the first Australian to win a gold medal in the pole vault and the first Australian field event athlete to win Olympic gold in 60 years.


In dramatic circumstances, Hooker twice cleared clutch jumps on his third attempt in the final, before clinching the gold medal with yet another third attempt clearance at 5.90m.

With the gold medal secured he went on to break the Olympic record, with another third and final attempt heart-stopper at 5.96m.


In February 2009 Steve recorded a new personal best height of 6.06m at the Boston Indoor Games.

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan79cm x 61cm (30″ x 24″) Oil on canvas board. Phillip Carrero 2010
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Michael Sullivan (born 18 June 1980 in Taree, New South Wales) is an Australian professional

rugby league footballer for the Bulldogs of the National Rugby League (NRL) competition.

His usual position is hooker. Sullivan previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

and the Northern Eagles as well as the Warrington Wolves in the European Super league

Sally Mclellan Pearson

SMcL111071cm x 51cm (28″ x 20″)

Graphite and charcoal on illustration board. Phillip Carrero 2009
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Sally Pearson (née McLellan) (born 19 September 1986[3]) is an Australian athlete. She is the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 metres hurdles. She also won a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2013 World Championships.


Sally started athletics seriously after moving to Queensland from Sydney, where she had participated successfully in swimming and gymnastics.Her idols include Catherine Freeman, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and actress Julia Roberts.Sally changed her surname from McLellan to Pearson following her marriage to Kieran Pearson in early 2010.


Pearson broke through on the international level by winning the 100-meter hurdles at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada, in 13.42 seconds. She was also fifth in the 200 (24.01) and competed in the medley relay. The same year, at age 16, she ran on Australia’s 4 x 100-meter relay team at the Paris World Championships.In 2004 Pearson was third in the 100, fourth in the 100 hurdles and competed on Australia’s fifth-place 4 x 100-meter relay team at the World Junior championships in Grosseto, Italy.Sally won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics, four years after winning silver in Beijing. Laying claim to the Australian record of 12.28, Sally was the 2011 world champion in the 110m hurdles and the IAAF World Athlete of the Year. Sally competed in Moscow at the 2013 IAAF World Championships despite a limited preparation due to injury. She came 2nd and won the silver medal, running a season best time of 12.50.

Scott Martin

pd01671cm x 51cm (28″ x 20″)

Graphite and charcoal on illustration board. Phillip Carrero 2009
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Scott opened his account well in the Olympic Games qualifying round, launching the big metal ball 19.75m. However, two fouls followed and Scott’s 2008 Olympic campaign was over, finishing 10th in Group A with only one valid attempt.

At the 2009 world titles Scott recorded a best distance of 19.52m to place 25th overall, missing out on a berth in the final.

Jana Pittman 98

pd01571cm x 51cm (28″ x 20″)

Graphite and charcoal on illustration board.
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Jana missed the 2007-2008 domestic season due to injury. She returned to the track mid-2008 aiming to compete on the European circuit in the lead-up to her main goal, Beijing. In her first competition in Poland Jana pulled up sore and was unable to resume training. In a devastating blow for the World Champion she made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games.

Jana initally underwent surgery to the second toe of her right foot in January to remove loose cartilage and clean up the joint. She had been experiencing pain in the toe since early 2007, and decided to have what was seen to be a relatively minor procedure, which would only see her off the training track for three weeks.

Jana will now look to claiming a third world title in Berlin in 2009 and to 2012 where the elusive Olympic gold awaits.

Steven Hooker

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57cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough. Phil Carrero
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Steven “Steve” Hooker OAM is an Australian pole vaulter and Olympic gold medalist. His personal best is 6.06 m, making him the second highest pole vaulter in history, behind only Sergey Bubka.

Steve Hooker became Australia’s first ever Olympic pole-vault champion when he won gold at the Beijing Olympics as he set a new Olympic record of 5.96 metres.
He was also the first Australian male to win in track-and-field in 40 years and the first by an Australian in a field event since John Winter won the high jump in London 60 years before.
After disappointing in his first Olympic appearance in 2004 as he missed the final, Hooker began to assert his dominance in the pole vault in 2006 when he won gold at the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup final, finishing the year ranked number one in the world.
After creating history in Beijing, Hooker claimed the second highest jump in history when he jumped an Australian record 6.06m in Boston in 2009.
The world record remains in the hands of the Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka at 6.14m.
In 2010 he went on to win gold at the World Indoor Championships, Continental Cup and his second Commonwealth Games gold medal in Delhi.