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Burnie Athletic Club proud of AAC award for best carnival

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REASON TO CELEBRATE: Overjoyed with the naming of
Burnie as the best carnival in the nation are (from left)
Sandy Loring, Brendan Smart, BAC president Bruce Jackson,
secretary Mitchell Smith and Caleb O'Shannessey.
Picture: Stuart Wilson.

Burnie Carnival the nation's best

The Advocate
08 Dec, 2011

FOR the second year in a row the Coast has produced the toast of Australian sporting carnivals.

Burnie's New Year's Day carnival has been named the nation's carnival of the year by the Australian Athletic Confederation (AAC).

Devonport's two-day carnival took out the prestigious award in 2010.

Burnie Athletic Club president Bruce Jackson said it was a major boost for the Basslink Carnival Series, which will be the subject of an independent review this season.

"I know the Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania (SCAT) will be very pleased both carnivals have won it in succession," Jackson said

"It shows the strength of the carnival series.

"It will be interesting to see what this review comes up with because I don't know how we change the way you run a gift final or a wheelrace."

The AAC took into account the professionalism, presentation, programming and quality of competition from major carnivals held around Australia.

This year's Burnie carnival attracted over 400 athletes, including Australian, world and Olympic champions.

It was watched by close to 3500 spectators.

Jackson hopes the success of this year's event will entice a new generation of carnival followers to West Park on January 1 2012.

"When you're putting on a carnival the weather has a lot to do with its success and more often than not we haven't been able to buy a good day over the last 10 years," he said.

"This year we had a perfect day and it brought a lot of people back.

"Unfortunately we will never again see the day where 20,000 people come to watch the carnival but if we can get around the 3000 to 4000 people mark we will be more than happy."

Highlights from this year's carnival included Doug Hamerlok's win in the Tasmanian Mile, Somerset sprinter Morgan Gaffney's win in the women's gift and Belinda Goss' triumph in the women's wheelrace.

However, Jackson said the lasting memory from the 2011 event would be the moving tribute to Will Robinson, who lost his life shortly after winning the 2010 Burnie Wheelrace.

"It was just so well done and I don't think there was a dry eye at West Park," he said.

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