Tatiana Grigorieva

p07576cm x 51 cm (30″ x 20″)

Oil on canvas. Phillip Carrero

Tatiana Grigorieva, Sydney 2000’s darling.
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Australian’s world class 4.58m pole vaulter (Daegu, Korea 2006).

A former national-level 400m hurdler in Russia, Tatiana took up pole vaulting after she migrated to Australia in 1997.

In her first major championship she won bronze at the 1999 World Championships and rose to national fame when she won silver in front of a home crowd at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

In 2006, Tatiana was second in the Canberra Telstra A-series with 4.41m to Kym Howe’s new Australian record of 4.61m. She went on to win the national title with 4.45m.

At the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games she finished second, then had one of her best ever European tours. She equalled her PB of five years in Brussels with 4.56m and improved it to 4.57m in Yokohama. She finished fourth in the Grand Prix Final in Stuttgart with 4.50m.

Paul Burgess, A 6M Vaulter

PB6_f76cm x 61cm (30″ x 24″)

Oil on Canvas Board
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The Subject: Second ever Aussie, first Australian-born, over 6m. Budgie topped the world rankings in 2006.

Burgess was originally a gymnast, winning a silver medal at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships as a thirteen-year-old. Having grown too tall to continue with gymnastics, testing at the Western Australian Institute of Sport suggested that Burgess was suited to pole vault. By 1996, Burgess had won the gold medal at the 1996 Sydney World Junior Championships, clearing a then-personal best of 5.35 metres. Later that year Burgess set the under 18 Australian record of 5.51 metres. In 1998, Burgess finished second at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, third at the World Junior Championships and seventh at the World Cup.

Burgess finished second at the East Asian Games in 2001, clearing 5.50 metres. In 2002, Burgess finished fifth at the World Cup, clearing 5.20 metres.

At his second Olympics, in 2004, Burgess finished eleventh at 5.55 metres, although he had cleared 5.70 metres in the qualifying rounds.

It was, however, in 2005 that Burgess’s form improved dramatically, clearing 5.91 metres, 5.95 metres and then 6.00 metres in domestic competition. These were, at the time, the three highest vaults on Australian soil.

Burgess ended the 2006 European season as the number two ranked pole vaulter (behind training partner Steven Hooker), having won the World Athletics Final on 10 September 2006. Burgess won US$30,000 in the process.

He was named Western Australian Sports Star of the Year in January 2006.

RECORD(S):Australian All comers Record – 6.00m Australian U20 Record – Pole Vault – 5.60m Australian U18 Record – Pole Vault – 5.51m



Cuddled In

Cuddled in20″ x 16″. Oil on canvas board, Hyde Park, Sydney. Phillip Carrero.


Lunch hour at Hyde Park, tourists and office workers everywhere. This fellow comes and in two minutes he’s fast asleep.

Two oversized right-foot sneakers, two walking sticks and a brollie, all tied up by a dozen hankies and three sets of woolies.

Not safe in those cold side streets at night so a park bench in the middle of the day seems like the better option. — at Hyde Park.