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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Jack Hale to compete at the Burnie Carnival

Jack Hale to compete at the Burnie Carnival

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http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/2760023/jack-is-coming-to-the-burnie-carnival/?cs=88

Jack is coming to the Burnie Carnival

By  JORDAN ABELL
Burnie Advocate
Dec. 11, 2014


THE fireworks will have finished from the previous night but West Park Oval will continue to be lit up on New Year's Day when Australia's fastest kid, Jack Hale, explodes into action.


EXPLOSIVE: Jack Hale (green singlet) has accepted an offer
to participate in the Invitation Backmarkers Handicap over 120
metres at the Burnie New Year's Day Carnival.


The 16-year-old Hobart sprinting sensation was yesterday confirmed as a starter for the Caterpillar Underground Mining Burnie New Year's Day Carnival.

Hale won't take part in the prestigious Burnie Gift but, subject to any injury or training concerns, has accepted an offer to participate in the Invitation Backmarkers Handicap — which carries prizemoney of $2000, including $1200 for the winner — over 120 metres.

Athletics Tasmania president Mike Gunson said Hale's one-off appearance at Burnie was a great boost for the Fulton Hogan Christmas Carnival series.

"I would urge everyone who follows sport to go to West Park on New Year's Day and watch this exceptional, phenomenal young sprinter show everyone just how good he really is," Gunson said.

Hale became the toast of the Australian athletics scene when he broke the national under-18 record and the Tasmanian Open 100 metres record with a 10.44sec run at a school carnival in Hobart in September.

He backed it up with a 10.42sec effort the following month, and last weekend he won the coveted 100m/200m under-18 double at the Australian All Schools in Adelaide.

His winning 100m time of 10.13sec was the fastest by a youth runner in the world and quicker than any senior Australian sprinter this year, but it was aided by an illegal tailwind of +3.4m/s.

Burnie Athletic Club chairman Bruce Jackson said the club was thrilled to secure Hale's services, with part of the agreement hinging on how he pulled up from his golden performance in South Australia.

"It took a bit of negotiating but we finally got him and we couldn't be happier," Jackson said.

"People will be able to look back in the years ahead and remember the day they saw him race at West Park in Burnie."

Hale has never competed in handicap conditions over 120m and will run for the first time on grass in Perth today at the Big 6 meet held by the University of Western Australia.

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http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2760120/hale-storm-to-hit-burnie-track/?cs=96

Hale storm to hit Burnie track

By  ROB SHAW
The Examiner
Dec. 12, 2014


A HALE storm has greeted the launch of the Tasmanian Carnivals Series with the announcement that the state’s teenage sprint sensation Jack Hale will run at Burnie on New Year’s Day.

Athletics Tasmania president Mike Gunson confirmed negotiations with the 16-year-old national record-holder had resulted in him agreeing to race the invitation backmarkers handicap over 120 metres at West Park.

The event will carry $2000 in prizemoney, including $1200 for the winner.

News of the Hobart sprinter’s first handicap race came on the day that the carnivals series was launched at Westbury.

Hale, who is being managed by Athletics Tasmania, ran the fastest 100m by an Australian male this year at the Australian all schools athletics championships in Adelaide with a wind-assisted 10.13 seconds.

He went on to claim the sprint double, posting 21.24 in the 200m final.

‘‘I would urge everyone who follows sport to go to West Park on New Year’s Day and watch this exceptional, phenomenal young sprinter show everyone just how good he really is,’’ Gunson said.

Burnie Athletic Club chairman Bruce Jackson added: ‘‘We are absolutely committed to bringing the Burnie Carnival back to its iconic status and being proactive and going after up and coming stars like Jack Hale, is part of that philosophy.

‘‘It took a bit of negotiating, but we finally got him and we couldn’t be happier.

‘‘People will be able to look back in the years ahead and remember the day they saw him race at West Park.’’

Part of the agreement hinged on how Hale pulled up after Adelaide and his appearance at Burnie will also be subject to any injury or training concerns.

Athletics Tasmania executive officer and board member Brian Roe said Hale’s main focus was next year’s junior world championships, which included the Australian junior championships in March as a qualifier.

‘‘Those two meets have to take priority and everything else will be worked in around them,’’ he said.

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