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Teen Sprinter wins Fairholme Gift

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1 Teen Sprinter wins Fairholme Gift on Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:45 am



Fairholme College principal Linda Evans (left) and
Michelle Mills from Heritage Building Society (right)
congratulate Fairholme Gift winner Isaac Dunmall.

Teen sprinter wins Fairholme Gift
By Tim Braban
The Chronicle
18th October 2010

EBRISBANE sprinter Isaac Dunmall enjoyed the biggest win of his short career on Saturday, taking on all comers – and the testing weather conditions – to be a clear winner of the prestigious Fairholme Gift in his first attempt.

Dunmall, starting off 10 metres, seemed to handle Saturday’s blustery winds the best and went into the final as clear favourite following his strong form in the heats.

He saved his best performance of the day for last, sprinting clear of the field in the final 20 metres to win the prestigious 70 metre handicap race comfortably from Grant McDonald (11.75 metres) and Luke Halley (10 metres).

The 17-year-old Brisbane high school student won the final, which was run with a severe cross-wind, in a time of 7.25 seconds.

Dunmall said winning the Gift was one of the biggest moments of his short career.

“It’s definitely up there,” he said.

“I thought the Gift would be suited to me because my starts have always been a strength. I felt pretty good the whole way through,” Dunmall said of his strong form throughout the day.

Dunmall will now look to take this form into the Queensland Secondary Schools athletics state titles starting Thursday.

There was a decidedly youthful feel to this year’s Fairholme Gift final, with the majority of the competitors aged under 20.

Second placegetter McDonald, son of Toowoomba rugby league legend John McDonald, was easily the oldest competitor at 27.

But with only two years of sprint training under his belt, McDonald is still learning and put in a strong run to finish on the podium.

Goondiwindi sprinter Halley had his Gift hopes dented when he was penalised a half-metre for breaking at the first attempted race start which forced a restart. But he recovered strongly to run third.

Toowoomba teenager Sam Toleman won the Youth Final in 7.1 seconds off a seven metre handicap. Toleman backed up that performance with a fourth in the Fairholme Gift final only minutes later.

Organisers were left to rue the wet weather which forced a number of competitors to withdraw from this year’s event.

“We usually have about 40 to 50 runners but this year we had about 30 to 35,” Fairholme College head of sports Nick Byron said.

“The Noosa Gift was originally set for last weekend but was postponed to tomorrow following the wet weather and a number of runners have gone up to contest that. The wet weather certainly played some havoc but in saying that, we were very happy with the day and look forward to it growing even bigger in the years to come.”

"Let's Go While We're Young"

2 Re: Teen Sprinter wins Fairholme Gift on Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:43 am


What is going on with the marks up there? The first three placegetters all had marks over 10m in a 70m. It just gives their racing up there no credibility. The only runners who have over 10m in the 70m in Victoria are either the very old or women. When they come down here they expect the same marks. What the handicapper is saying is that he believes their best runner (scratchman)can give these young blokes 10m in 70m. All these marks could come back 4-5m.

3 Re: Teen Sprinter wins Fairholme Gift on Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:33 am

70m Man

I agree Waz. We whinge about a 36 year old off 7.0 and they have teenagers off 10!
How many starts does it take to get out to 10?
In the southern states you need to have been running several years and be at least mid 20's to get a mark like that. No wonder they struggle for credibility and athletes. A state the size of Queensland should have at leat the same number of runners as Victoria, but they get less than 40 turn up.

4 Re: Teen Sprinter wins Fairholme Gift on Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:22 pm


Interesting that in both the main final and the consol, winning times were quicker than what we expect in other states. If someone came out and ran that time at Stawell, there would be outrage, mainly by competitors I would think. What are the target times for QAL?

5 Results on Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:33 pm


2010 Fairholme 70mt Open Gift Final
1. Blue Isaac Dunmall (10.00) 7.254
2. Pink Grant McDonald (11.75) 7.403
3. Yellow Luke Halley (10.00) 7.492
4. White Sam Toleman (8.75) 7.520
5. Red Peter Bennett (7.50) 7.556
6. Green Andrew Kelckhaven (10.75) 7.600

2010 Fairholme 70mt Youth Final
1. White Sam Toleman (7.00) 7.711
2. Green Shenae Ciesiolka (15.00) 7.797
3. Blue Lane Flemming (7.75) 7.833
4. Red Lachlan Warren (5.00) 7.967
5. Yellow Trent Baker (8.00) 8.060

2010 Fairholme 70mt Consolation Final
1. Green Lane Flemming (9.75) 7.543
2. Black Steve Jones (10.25) 7.569
3. Maroon Walter Nock (13.00) 7.680
4. Yellow Lachlan Warren (7.00) 7.734
5. Blue Lachlan Greentree (7.00) 7.737
6. Pink Trent Baker (10.00) 7.862
7. White Nathan Carr (6.25) 7.881

6 QAL on Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:46 am


Qal has no clue how to run a meet nor organise one, the backmarker should be off scracth and these young kids keep winning because thay are al of 10+ m in a 70..... might be worth while sending a VAL official up to qld to sought things out.

7 Re: Teen Sprinter wins Fairholme Gift on Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:47 pm


maroon instead of red in the consolation final, run out of red colours?

8 Re: Teen Sprinter wins Fairholme Gift on Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:01 am


Chris, have a look at the handicap? Walter Nock off 13m was not the back marker,looks like that was a scratch.

You guys also realise you are commenting on last years (2010) race?

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