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1 Hobart Bikes & Spikes Meeting on Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:13 am



Teen tyro grabs gift
Hobart Mercury
January 09, 2011

HUTCHINS schoolboy Max Waldron just wanted to make the final of the men's Gift at the Hobart Bikes and Spikes Carnival at New Town Oval last night.

He ended up walking away with the biggest win of his young career.

In pouring rain, the 16-year-old edged out a class field in the 100m showdown to win the $1700 first prize.

He later said he was undecided on whether to put the money toward a spa or a car.

Either way, the teenage tornado signalled he had a big future in sprinting.

"I was just hoping to make the final and I exceeded my expectations by taking it out," Waldron said.

"It's the biggest win I've had so far.

"It's great to get a reward out of all the training and it motivates you to keep pursuing the sport."

The heats and qualifiers started in brilliant sunshine at 2pm but as the finals approached shortly after 5pm, the sky darkened and the heavens opened.

The heavy rain soaked the bike track, making it too risky for competition and forced the cancellation of the cycling finals.

"It's the first time in 30 years we've had to cancel the finals," event director Ray Quarrell said.

The running events went ahead despite the drenching rain.

Like the bolt of lighting that shocked the crowd just minutes before the men's Gift, Waldron flashed down the grass runway to shock his older opponents.

"Things got a bit hectic with the rain coming down and then a false start," Waldron said.

"I was up against really high-profile athletes from around Tasmania, so I'm rapt to win."

In the women's Gift, Morgan Gaffney, of Somerset, pulled off a stunning sprint double by adding the Hobart title to the one she claimed in Burnie a week ago.

Half way down the track. Gaffney looked out of the picture but she found something special in the closing stages.

Gaffney knew she would have to put in the run of her life to beat Tasmanian women's 100m sprint champion Danielle Taylor.

"I was off the same mark as Danielle and she's really talented," she said.

"I knew that I'd have to run as hard as I did at Burnie to even be in with a chance.

"Half way down the track, I didn't think I had a hope in hell.

"But I knew I had more in the tank.

"I felt that if I gave more, maybe I could get up for the win and it feels great."

The women hit the finish line four abreast and the judges had to go for the photo to decide the winner.

"I didn't know who'd won," Gaffney said.

"I thought Abbey [Chapman] got up and I was probably third.

"So I was shocked when my name came up."

2 Re: Hobart Bikes & Spikes Meeting on Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:43 am



Stars on show for carnival

Hobart Mecury
January 06, 2011

THREE finalists from the men's Burnie Gift, the women's Burnie Gift winner, a teen cycling star riding from scratch and German junior champion will headline the 29th annual Bikes and Spikes carnival this weekend.

Hobart's event might not carry the same numbers or big names as the coastal Christmas Carnivals, but organisers have assembled a quality lineup for 2011 - which will be a Saturday twilight bonanza.

German Marcel Barth, a well renowned six-day rider, former under-23 world road and points score champion will compete, while Ulverstone-based Luke Ockerby will join him from scratch in the cycling races.

On the track three southern runners will suit up for the main sprinting events while Somerset sprint queen Morgan Gaffney the 18-year-old Tasmanian 100m and 200m champion who held off Australia's second fastest woman Melissa Breen in the Burnie Gift will be the one to catch in the women's field.

"The field for the cycling is sensational, it's one of our best ever," Hobart carnival organiser Ray Quarrell said.

"We've got nearly 50 cyclists coming down, including juniors.

"In the running, we've got some of the best sprinters at the moment here.

"Charlie Leek from the Hobart footy club, he came second in the Burnie Gift.

"He is in outstanding form, he has improved 10m since he joined our group, he was an 11.9, 12-second runner last year and now he is running 11 seconds, which is amazing for a kid to improve 10 seconds in one year. Jarred Gilroy, he is the state 100 and 200m champion, he ran third in the Burnie Gift and Max Waldron finished second in the Devonport Gift, also made the Burnie Gift final. Then there is Thomas Pfundt, who won the 200m and 400m double at Devonport."

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