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Rosebery Story

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1 Rosebery Story on Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:14 am

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Interesting story that could be applicable to quite a few meetings.

Club appeal Save
By BRAD COLE
Dec. 19, 2012, midnight

ROSEBERY Athletic Club president Mal Williams has urged the West Coast community to get behind his club's carnival, as it battles to keep its place in the Christmas Carnival series.
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The club has struggled in recent years with poor attendances, partly due to inclement weather.

But Williams said this year the local community has never had a better chance to see top-quality athletes.

``Really, I don't think the West Coast is behind us,'' Williams said.

``Years ago they would come from everywhere to watch these sort of sports, but now the people in the town usually ask us what we get out of it.

``They get a chance to see good bike riders, runners, choppers and drillers, and we are bringing it to them.''

After considerable debate in Hobart surrounding the admission prices for the Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka, Williams said the admission price at Rosebery was fantastic value for money.

``To pay an $8 entry fee for a day's entertainment isn't too bad,'' he said. ``The swimming pool will also be open for the day, and people can go there for nothing and take the kids over for a swim.''

Like the West Coast region itself, the Rosebery carnival has had its fair share of ups and downs.
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Following a two-year hiatus, the event has run continuously for the past 15 years, and Williams believes that with a little help, it still has a future.

``When our committee took over, we only decided to try and get it to our 50th carnival,'' he said.

``This is our 56th carnival now, and we are looking to keep it running for as long as possible. We are all getting a bit older now, but we've done a darn good job with a small committee.

``But once you lose it, it's very hard to get back.''

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