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.

Paul ‘Budgie’ Burgess

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Paul was in great form domestically in 2005 clearing 5.91, 5.95 and 6.00m – the three highest vaults on Australian soil. His 6.00m vault moved him to No. 8 in world pole vault history. He won his third national title in March 2005.

After repeating his national title in February 2006, and winning the Sergei Bubka pole vault meet in Donetsk, Ukraine, he unfortunately failed to clear his opening height at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He had a most successful 2006 European circuit highlighted by a win at the IAAF Grand Prix final in Stuttgart with 5.82m – ending the year as world number 2 on the IAAF Rankings. In 2007 his ranking was first, a single point ahead of compatriot Steven Hooker.



Trevi, Neptune Rules

Neptune rules_med36 x 24 (91.5cm x 61.0cm) Oil on canvas board.

Centerpiece of a triptic set on the Trevi Fountain at Rome.

Phil Carrero


In 1629 Pope Urban VIII, finding the earlier fountain insufficiently dramatic, asked Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sketch possible renovations, but the project was abandoned when the pope died. The planning for a new fountain on the site began again 100 years later. This time under the Roman architect Nicola Salvi, whose work was inspired by the sketches left by Bernini. The fountain took 30 years to finish and it stood completed in year 1762.

The Trevi Fountain is dominated by a several large statues. The very center of the fountain is dominated by a man standing in a large shell chariot. This statue depicts the Roman god of the water and the seas, Neptune – also known as Poseidon in Greek mythology. The chariot is pulled by two sea horses. One of them is calm and submissive while the other one is impatient and restless. The creature’s different temper is said to symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea.

Each one of the horses is guided by a triton – a mermaid like creature who formed the escort of marine divinities in the Greek mythology.  The creatures do not only add symbolic meaning to the fountain with the contrast in their mood and poses, but they also provide a symmetrical balance.

Kym Howe

KH PT-TSh1_med57cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough. Phillip Carrero
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Kym Michelle Howe-Nadin (born 12 June 1980 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian athlete competing in the pole vault. She has an indoor personal best of 4.72 metres, achieved in February 2007 in Donetsk.

Prior to entering athletics Kym was a member of the Junior WA Gymnastics team between 1993 and 1996. She has a pet, Golden Cocker Spaniel dog named Holly. In Perth Kym trains with one of the leading pole vault squads in the world. Under coach Alex Parnov, the squad includes: Emma George, Dimitri Markov and Paul Burgess. Kim’s athletic hero is Gail Devers. Interests include kids and the beach. Kym was married in 2004. Kym studied TAFE at the Mount Lawley campus and now works in a child care centre with children aged between 0-5 years.


Pole Vault 1997 3.50m
  1998 3.90m
  1999 4.16m
  2000 4.20m
  2001 4.20m
  2002 4.45m
  2003 4.30m
  2004 4.40m
  2005 4.40m
2006 4.62m
  2007 4.72m

 (Prev. Commonwealth Open record holder)

Yelena Isinbayeva: On High

DCP_148257cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm  watercolour paper rough. Phillip Carrero
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Yelena Isinbayeva at the peak of her career. Visible in this drawing, she was one of the very few female pole vaulters who continued the upwards flight after releasing the pole.

This work was sold at at a fund-raising dinner for Randwick Botany Harriers shortly after completion.

Isinbayeva has been a major champion on nine occasions (Olympic, World outdoor and indoor champion and European outdoor and indoor champion). She was also the jackpot winner of the IAAF Golden League series in 2007 and 2009. After poor performances at the world championships in 2009 and 2010, she took a year-long break from the sport.

She became the first woman to clear the five-metre barrier in 2005. Her current world record is 5.06 m outdoors, set in Zurich in August 2009.[3] Her 5.01 m indoors was the world record for just over a year.[4] The latter was Isinbayeva’s twenty-eighth pole vault world record. On 2 March 2013, Jenn Suhr joined Isinbayeva as the only women who have cleared 5 metres.[5] In the process, Suhr took Isinbayeva’s indoor world record.

Isinbayeva was named Female Athlete of the Year by the IAAF in 2004, 2005 and 2008, and World Sportswoman of the Year by Laureus in 2007 and 2009. She was given the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2009. She is one of only eight athletes (along with Valerie AdamsUsain BoltVeronica Campbell-BrownJacques FreitagJana PittmanDani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youthjunior, and senior level of an athletic event.

Yelena Isinbayeva with spikes.

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Autographed by Yelena at the IAAF Golden Gala meet, London 2007.

Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva is a Russian pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, the current world record holder in the event, who is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time.

Yelena Isinbayeva is all smiles after taking the gold at the recent IAAF World Championships in Moscow 2013

– “Nobody can beat me, nobody, so sorry for this,” Isinbayeva giggled.”The other girls, they need to jump higher to even come close, but I don’t think it will. Right now, it is impossible. No chance.” –

I took this photo before the the Crystal Palace championships in London 2007. My friend Alan Launder took two drawings of Yelena to the competition and got an autograph on each. Yelena gave them back to Alan so we could raise more to buy poles with. As it happened, this drawing is on exhibition at the Sydney Olympic Athletics Centre and bares her original signature. The other sold at a fund raising dinner to a pole vaulter I was coaching at the time.

Jane Saville 215

 DCP_148076cm x 61cm (30″ x 24″) Oil on Canvas Board, Phillip Carrero

Oceania/Commonwealth/national record – 20km walk. Three times Commonwealth Champion and one of the iconic bastions of Sydney and the Randwick Botany Harriers Club.

Saville, from an athletically-inclined family, competed in swimming and surf lifesaving events as well as walking as a junior athlete. She has competed at four Olympics, with a midfield result in 1996. In the 20 km racewalking event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in her home city of Sydney, when heading into the stadium’s tunnel for the final stretch, Saville was disqualified for an illegal gait (lifting: a very common occurrence in race walking – the previous leader of the event had already been disqualified). Saville collapsed in tears; afterwards, when asked what she needed, she replied “A gun to shoot myself”.[1] Saville recovered her composure soon after and was publicly philosophical about her loss.

On her bronze medal in Athens, Saville stated “Nothing will make up for a gold medal in your home town, but you know this is where the Olympics began and any medal here, you know, I’m absolutely ecstatic with it”.[2]

Saville has also won three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, in the 10 kilometre walk in 1998, in the 20 kilometre walk in 2002 and 2006. She has won the Australian women’s race walking championship five times. She was the Australian flagbearer at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

She is coached by her husband, Matt White, a professional cyclist. She splits her time between Sydney and OlivaSpain. Her sister, Natalie Saville, is also a race walker and finished second to her at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Saville announced her retirement from competitive racewalking in February 2009,[3] with her future plans including continued work in community health and fitness promotion, and a role on the IAAF race walking technical committee.[4]

Saville has completed a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of New South Wales.