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PROTRACK » GENERAL » RECORD ENTRIES FOR QUEANBEYAN’S BIRTHDAY GIFT

RECORD ENTRIES FOR QUEANBEYAN’S BIRTHDAY GIFT

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QUEANBEYAN 175th BIRTHDAY GIFT CARNIVAL


QUEANBEYAN 175th BIRTHDAY
GIFT CARNIVAL
Queanbeyan Town Park
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 2013


MEDIA RELEASE

RECORD ENTRIES FOR QUEANBEYAN’S BIRTHDAY GIFT

This year’s Queanbeyan 175th Birthday Gift Carnival has exceeded all expectations by producing a record number of entries which has justified the event’s expansion into a two-day carnival.
In addition to a big Victorian increase, entries have also been received from Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland this year. Heats will be held at Queanbeyan Town Park on Saturday , with semifinals and finals taking place on Sunday. There will be 10 heats of the Men’s Gift, 8 heats of the Women’s Gift, 16 heats of the 70m Sprint and 6 heats of the Open 300m , all to be conducted along with 12 heats of the local Little Athletics events on Saturday from 11.00am to 4.30pm. All up there are over 500 entries !

This important carnival, now well established on the National professional athletics calendar, was awarded by “The Carnival of the Year” for 2012-2013 by the Australian Athletics Confederation and indications are that this year’s event could be much better.

Queanbeyan had Gift carnivals in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s but senior citizen Don Furner and the Queanbeyan Leagues Club revived Gift carnivals successfully at the then new Seiffert Oval in the late 60’s and into the 70’s when many of the national rugby league stars such as Ken Irvine, Michael Cleary and many first grade backs used to compete to improve their speed in the off-season.

Then the modern Gift Carnival that we now have was again revived by former General Manager Hugh Percy and former Mayor Frank Pangallo in the year 2000 with a very small carnival with total prizemoney of $7,000 ; it has now grown since that time to be one of the most significant and richest professional athletic carnivals in the nation with around $40,000 in prizemoney.

This week’s massive entries endorses the prestige in which the Queanbeyan Gift Carnival is now held throughout Australia.

CANBERRA OLYMPIANS HEAD UP WOMEN”S GIFT

Local speedster and National Champion Melissa Breen will prop up this week’s $16,000 Queanbeyan Birthday Gift field at the Town Park on Saturday and Sunday by running the 120 metres from the scratch mark and giving start to the field of 48 runners. In fact her closest rival will be her training partner and fellow Olympian 400m hurdles star Lauren Boden who will run from the 3.00m mark. If both sprinters are in shape they should figure prominently although competition is bound to be very tough. AIS long jumper Jessica Penney has entered this time and has been given a 6.00m mark while outstanding schoolgirl sprinters Engadine’s Ella Nelson off 4.00m and Bronte’s Montana Walters off 6.75m are sure to be fit from recent schools competition and will be hard to beat.

Last year’s Bay Sheffield Gift winner from Perth Gemma Grigg will run from 7.75m in Boden’s heat while last year’s winner of this Gift from Queensland Emma Yates will be back to try to make it a double running from the 11.00m mark.

The rumour mill has been revealing that Victorian sprinter Maddie Coates off 5.50m and front-marker from Tasmania Kimberley Geelan off 12.00m will be in the mix. Another interesting runner will be former National Beach Sprint Champion from Queensland Melissa Howard off 9.00m who has won a Stawell Women’s Gift.

All in all it appears to be an extremely open event this year.

The 8 heats of the Women’s Gift will commence at 3.45pm on Saturday, the semifinals at 11.25am on Sunday and the all-important Final at 2.15pm on Sunday at Queanbeyan Town Park.

SCARFF RETURNS TO WIN BIG GIFT A SECOND TIME

This year’s $16,000 Queanbeyan Gift has attracted a record field of 62 runners keen for a slice of the lucrative prizemoney. Champion Collaroy beach sprinter and last year’s winner Dean Scarff will run from the tighter mark of 5.75m this time and will be hoping that he has improved sufficiently to again be in contention. This year’s back-marker from Heathcote Jake Hammond is tipped by many to be the successor to Josh Ross as the Australia’s next champion sprinter but he will have his work cut out on Saturday running from the tight 1.75m mark.

Previous Queanbeyan Gift winners running include Kaleen’s Brendan Matthews off 6.00m and Victorian Chris Hargreaves off 8.50m this time.

Local outstanding long jumper from Page Angus Gould has always performed well in making the final on two occasions and from 7.75m should again be competitive. Stawell Gift finalists Victorians James Vine, Matt Hargreaves and Augustine Carty-Cowling are seasoned pro runners used to running under handicap conditions and will be sure to give a good account of themselves.

Of the talented schoolboys in the field Wollongong’s Christian Foster (9.50m) and Newcastle’s Jack Newman ( 8.00m) ran brilliantly at the recent NSW All-Schools Championships as well as the recent Macksville Pro Carnival and could be right in this event.

The 10 heats of the Men’s Gift will commence at 3.00pm on Saturday, the semifinals at 11.45am on Sunday and the Final at 2.30pm on Sunday at Queanbeyan Town Park.

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