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Pro races proposed for carnivals

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1 Pro races proposed for carnivals on Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:12 pm


Pro races proposed for carnivals
Sept. 27, 2013, 10:34 p.m.

THE Tasmanian Christmas carnivals could host a series of six races all offering national professional running titles.

The exciting proposal has been put forward by former athletics co-ordinator Rod Walker who wants the Latrobe, Devonport and Burnie clubs involved.

``Ideally Latrobe could run the Australian professional 70 and 120 metres' titles, Devonport would host the 300m and 400m races, and Burnie the 800m and 1600m titles,'' he said.

Walker has suggested that the races carry minimum prizemoney of $2000 and could attract some of the best sprint and distance runners Australia has to offer.

``We could lure back three-time Burnie Gift winner Josh Ross, and the distance races could attract Craig Mottram and Collis Birminham,'' he said.

Walker has already put his idea to Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania boss Mike Gunson and intends contacting new carnivals promoter John Craven.

``Mike said he would like to see Australia's best women involved as well, and Sally Pearson, Melissa Breen and Zoe Buckland are some names which spring to mind,'' Walker said.

He said this year's Christmas carnivals would be an ideal time to launch the Australian professional titles.

``Next year is the Commonwealth Games, and our elite athletes will be looking to kick off their preparations,'' Walker said.

``If the series is well accepted, there is no reason why the national titles couldn't be held again next year and the year after.''

Walker said the appearance of some of Australia's best runners would help balance the carnivals which have already announced that top cyclists will be involved in a number of criteriums.
Walker has been athletics co-ordinator for the past three years and a committeeman of the Devonport Athletic Club for 10 years.

With no involvement in the overall carnivals this year, he said he would concentrate his efforts on promoting the two-day Devonport carnival and remained hopeful that the new promoters would look favourably on his plan to run the national titles.

2 Re: Pro races proposed for carnivals on Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:28 pm


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Good luck with that Ron.
Most of those 'proposed' races already carry prizemoney in the thousands of dollars and the 'elites' rarely show (at least in the distance category, A.Rowe being a recent exception). Furthermore, given the standard of distance-handicapping in TAS in recent years, the elites aren't likely to travel across the country to get trounced by some 15 yr old kid who was christened by the handicappers brother's mate and win's in a time 5sec quicker than would win Stawell.

Furthermore, I can't see the other states agreeing that Tasmania should have a monopoly on 'National Pro Racing Championship' events. Perhaps a more equitable distribution of events could be achieved. For example:

400m Albury (NSW)
550m Bay Shef (S.A)
800m Devonport (Tas)
1600m Bendigo (Vic)
3200m Ballarat (Vic)

Obviously, this is far from perfect (eg. the Bendigo Opal is by far the most prestigious), however, it does share the big events relatively accurately according to prestige.

3 Re: Pro races proposed for carnivals on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:20 pm


Good luck to them for having the balls to do it if they take it up.I cannot remember the last time there was true pro championship races, back in the 80s i think. One has to remember back in those days each state had there own state champions and you had to be good to even get a start.
  If they put them on they have to also pay expenses for the competitors to be there,and I couldn't see any other Meetings that would do that to get all the races. 6 races at $2000 a pop plus expenses and non penalties I think there would be many who would like to get a start. There problem at this late stage would be many already being committed to other meetings for this year.
  Still it would be great if they were back on the agenda.

4 Re: Pro races proposed for carnivals on Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:13 pm


COULD COULD COULD. They could get alot of athletes but i doubt it

good luck to them, but these Christmas carnivals in tassie are dieing.

Also it is Zoe Buckman, not Buckland

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