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Burnie Organisers delighted with star-studded fields

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Co-ordinators light up over star-studded fields

The Advocate
Dec. 19, 2013

WITH less than two weeks until Burnie's New Year's Day carnival, the anticipation is building with a star-studded line-up set to assemble in all sections.

The co-ordinators of the cycling, running and woodchopping events all spoke with excitement at last night's official launch held at The Point at West Park.

Burnie Athletic Club cycling co- ordinator Allan Johnson said carnivals promoter John Craven had taken the series to a new level.

Johnson said he was looking forward to seeing a host of international stars such as Marcel Bath and Andreas Muller take on the likes of Glenn O'Shea, who won all four wheel races last year.

"I predict he won't do it again, these guys are out here to win money and win races," Johnson said, referring to O'Shea's history- making feats of last summer.

Gerard Leary, co-ordinator for the running events, said the depth of competitors at this year's carnival was something not seen for many years.

"There will be 44 running in the Burnie Mile, and that's the most I can remember since the 1970s and '80s," he said. Leary also expressed his enthusiasm at the presence of the group of four Kenyan runners and Stawell Gift winner Andrew Robinson.

More than 60 competitors will take part in woodchopping events, many of which are from the mainland, Denzil Munday said.

This was a significant increase on last year's field of about 35, he said. Munday said Sheffield axeman Kody Steers, and the New South Wales under 21 team, would be ones to watch.

Adding a further element to the Burnie carnival is the news that Australian rock icon Kevin Borich will play an evening concert at the ground.

Action starts on New Year's Day at West Park from 10am.

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