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Andrew Hinds in Oz & Stonnington Gift

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1 Andrew Hinds in Oz & Stonnington Gift on Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:15 pm

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International sprint star at the Diamond Creek Town Fair

by Keith Nyberg
Diamond Valley Leader
26 Nov 2010


The crowds at the Diamond Creek Town Fair were treated to an exhibition of high-level sprinting last Saturday, thanks to Barbados national sprint star Andrew Hinds and Contours in Diamond Creek.

Hinds is in Australia training with renowned sprint coach Andrew Muhlhan and his athletic squad in preparation for the 2011 World Championship in Korea.

The Barbados national champion completed several run through’s for the crowd, alongside other elite sprint athletes from the squad including Javad Asghari, (Winner of the Bendigo Gift in 2009), Pamela Austin, (Victorian State beach sprint and flags champion and Stawell Women’s Gift finalist), and 400m hurdler Demetri Kasimatis.

The 26 year old Hinds represented his country at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and has a personal best time of 10.03 seconds for the 100m and 20.38 seconds for the 200m.

This makes him the fastest man in Australia at the current time, and impressed the crowd with his speed, without even hitting top gear on the grass track.

Women’s gym Contours Diamond Creek was actively involved in securing Hinds’ appearance, and owner Wendy Kemp was just as excited as the crowd when watching his performance.

“Andrew is an amazing athlete, and so are the other sprinters. Watching them perform is inspirational, which is why we wanted to get them out here for the community to see. Contours is passionate about promoting health and fitness, and our hope is that their appearance may inspire some more people to improve their fitness, health, and lifestyle.”

Andrew Hinds will be competing in the Australian Championships in Melbourne March 2011.

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2 Re: Andrew Hinds in Oz & Stonnington Gift on Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:18 pm

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Sam Jamieson: Idol dream comes true at Stonnington Gift
BY ANDRIA COZZA
Melbourne Weekly
31 Jan, 2011


Most aspiring athletes can only dream of meeting their idols, and never dare to imagine competing alongside them one day.
But that’s exactly what Armadale’s Sam Jamieson will do when he runs alongside Olympian Andrew Hinds in next week’s inaugural Stonnington Gift.

Jamieson, 19, is anxious and excited about running in the same race as Hinds, who is Barbados’s 100-metre sprint champion, and coincidently shares the same coach as Jamieson.

“There’s been a lot of hype and worry about Andrew and how he’ll change the competition,” the former Carey Grammar student says. “He is an athlete at the top of his game and to have a chance to race against him will be one that I cherish for a very long time.”

The Stonnington Gift is a reincarnation of the former Prahran Gift, and it is set to become the biggest metropolitan event on the Victorian Athletic League circuit.

The Prahran Gift began in 1968, with such respected athletes as Cathy Freeman, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Craig Mottram competing in the final years of the race before it folded in the late 1990s.

Chairman of the Stonnington Gift organising committee, Peter Norman, says the group wants to re-establish the event as the most prestigious Victorian gift after Stawell’s iconic foot race.

“We are very pleased to have had athletes from all over Victoria and Australia show great interest in the event,” he says. “To organise an event such as this has been quite a challenge, but we are confident that it will be the major sporting event in the city of Stonnington.”

Jamieson agrees. “To be able to run in a prestigious race will be great. Most of the foot races are run in the country. It’s pretty cool to have one so local.”

The gift will host the men’s and women’s 100-metre race, plus the 300-metre veterans’ event, 550-metre open, 1600-metre open, under-20s 100-metre and a novelty race in which contestants will wear cricket pads and hold bats.

The winner of the men’s feature race will take home $15,000 in prizemoney – a prize not achievable at state or national championships. The women’s 100-metre race winner will recieve $3000.

As well as seeing athletes compete for a total of $30,000 in prizes, spectators can expect family activities, showbags and giveaways.

The Stonnington Gift will be held at Toorak Park, home of the Prahran Cricket Club, which Norman hopes will benefit from the gift’s profits.

“As it is a community event, we are hoping for a very successful night which shall see ground improvements at Toorak Park.”

The Stonnington Gift is on February 11 at 6.30pm at 580 Orrong Road, Armadale. For more information, visit prahrancc.com.au

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