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Macksville Gift REVIEW.

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1 Re: Macksville Gift REVIEW. on Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:41 am

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http://www.nswal.com/youngest-athlete-foster-storms-home-to-win-the-star-hotel-macksville-gift/

Youngest athlete Foster storms home to win the Star Hotel Macksville Gift

NSWAL Website
Sunday, 10 November 2012.


The Illawarra’s 15 year old Christian Foster created history on a cold and wet Macksville evening on Saturday to become the youngest ever winner of the 59 Macksville Gifts that have been held every year since 1953 and in the process take home $3,000 first prizemoney from this year’s Star Hotel-sponsored Macksville Gift, not a bad haul for the Year 9 Edmund Rice College student.

Foster was also the winner of a second sash for running the day’s quickest time of 12.28 seconds (hand) over the classic professional 120 metres sprint distance in the heat and semifinal held earlier in the day.

Foster won the final by about half a metre from promising Roger Fabri-trained Michael Dotti of Botany and the fast finishing Queenslander Ardyn Foy. Although young Christian had previously won some minor races in his short professional foot-running career this was his first Gift win and although he is likely to be given a significant penalty for his win he is determined to put in a good show in the state’s richest Gift at Queanbeyan on Saturday week; this $40,000 carnival has attracted Olympians and champions from most Australian states so although extremely talented, the Lukas Chodat-trained Foster will certainly be put to the test.

Foster also made the final of the Cath Miles Memorial 70 metres Sprint where he finished 5th to add a little bit more prizemoney to his ‘booty’.

It was also good to see local Richie Donovan-trained Bowraville athlete Alina Tape win the Open 300 metres event in a most decisive fashion. Alina is topping off her preparation for competition in the Australian All-Schools Carnival to be held at Hobart in a few weeks, so she was pleased to get in some good solid competition on Saturday with the professional athletes.

In spite of the unseasonal cold and wet Macksville weather the racing was indeed thrilling and those who braved the evening’s conditions saw some exhilarating athletic entertainment.

Macksville Athletic Club officials were particularly grateful to the Partridge family, owners of the Star Hotel overlooking the picturesque Nambucca River, for stepping in at late notice to become the Gift Carnival’s major sponsor after the unexpected withdrawal of the previously promised sponsorship by a local, major electrical company.

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2 Re: Macksville Gift REVIEW. on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:54 am

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-12/rain-fails-to-dampen-macksville-gift-enthusiasm/4366960

Rain fails to dampen Macksville Gift enthusiasm

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Mon Nov 12, 2012


Rainy weather kept crowd numbers down for this year's Macksville Gift, but organisers say it was still a success.

The 120 metre event is Australia's oldest footrace for professional sprinters, and Saturday's Gift attracted 40- athletes.

Greg Bell from the Macksville Athletics club said it was won by Wollongong's Christian Foster.

He said Michael Dotti from Botany was second and Arden Foy from Queensland was third.

"That was out 59th running.

"It has a very strong following really amongst the athletes.

"We have the races for them, but we also have a lot of local flavour and colour at the carnival, which makes the whole thing more of a spectacle.

"So they really appreciate the atmosphere that generates," he said.

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3 Re: Macksville Gift REVIEW. on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:57 am

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http://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/story/1121489/teen-star-runs-into-history-at-macksville-gift/?cs=731

Teen star runs into history at Macksville Gift

By Ute Schulenberg
Nambucca Guardian
Nov. 15, 2012


IT might have been wet and cold but the 59th Macksville Gift was still history making.

The winner, 15-year-old Christian Foster from the Illawarra, was the youngest athlete ever to win the event and the $3000 first prize money that came with it.

Foster won the final by about half-a-metre from Botany’s Michael Dotti and Queenslander Ardyn Foy.

Secretary of the Macksville Athletics Club, Greg Wood, said in spite of the weather, the standard of the entrants was good and the track in excellent condition.

He said standout local athletes were Bowraville’s Alina Tape, who had a clear win in the 300 metres and a comfortable first place in the Women’s Skins, and Sawtell’s Lenny Duroux who completed his 31st consecutive Gift.

Full report and photos in today's Nambucca Guardian.

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