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Ipswich Cousins Win Their Home Town Gift Double

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Check Out This Memorable Gift for Ipswich

By David Lems
Queensland Times
29th August 2016

Ipswich and District Athletic Club runners Nicholas Grant and Larissa Chambers after winning the latest Ipswich Gift races. Contributed

COUSINS Nicholas Grant and Larissa Chambers completed a memorable double for their home club by winning the major races at the latest Ipswich Winter Carnival.

It was the first time the Vic Pascoe coached Ipswich and District Athletic Club pair won their respective Ipswich Lightning Gift and Ipswich Ladies Gift handicap events over 120m.

Redbank Plains-based Grant won his heat, semi-final and the final off a handicap of 9.25m.

In the final at Bill Paterson Oval, 17-year-old Grant ran 12.67 seconds to beat QE2 runner Ardyn Foy (12.72) and UQ representative Sam Toleman (12.75).

Chambers won the Ladies Gift final in 14.14 seconds off a handicap of 4.50m. She beat Demi Wynyard (14.22), from UQ, and another Ipswich club sprinter Liz Melrose (14.28).

All three finalists started their campaigns from heat two on Sunday, with Wynward off 11m and Melrose off 15.5m.

"I was very thrilled about it,'' said Chambers, who turns 21 in November.

"It was a really good day throughout the heats and semis . . . perfect weather to actually be running in.''
Chambers came fifth in last year's Ladies Gift and third in 2013.

She is also hoping to contest this weekend's Mulgowie Gift, being nominated for the 100m and 400m.
She won last year's Mulgowie Gift.

The Bellbird Park world junior championship competitor has been focusing on the 400m.

"At the moment it's just training for nationals really,'' the former 100m and 200m sprinter said.

"Then after that, if it all goes well at nationals in March, I'm looking to maybe qualify for world championships.''

She said running in the Ipswich handicap races provided some excellent early competition preparing for a new season.

"I've been competing pretty much every weekend so to get out there and do a different race like a handicap race is quite a change-up,'' she said.

Grant had previously placed in the 2016 Novice Gift at the Gold Coast coming from a school athletics background.

"I think he's going to start getting more into the bigger competitions,'' Chambers said of her cousin.

Pascoe, who played a major role organising the 35th annual carnival, was delighted to see established runner Chambers and up and comer Grant fulfil early season goals.

"He (Grant) has really improved in the last six months,'' Pascoe said.

Other club competitors on Sunday included Daniel Qualischefski, Lorenz Ryan, Tara Chaplin and Hayley Wright, who also work with Pascoe.

Among the family combinations were Michael Berlin and his daughter Erika Berlin, father and son Brad and Antony Buhse and the loyal Stolberg family featuring Theresa, Ryan and Toby.

Pascoe said Queensland Athletics officials worked extremely hard to collate all the results while working with the Queensland Athletic League.

Pascoe said another fantastic effort was by the Ipswich Little Athletics Club, which provided the electric timing and photo finish equipment.

Colourful race caller Graham Banister was at his best, offering statements like: "They have finished across the track like a spilt packet of Jaffa's''.

120m Lightning Gift final
1 Nicholas Grant 12.67
2 Ardyn Foy 12.72
3 Sam Toleman 12.75
4 Daniel Qualischefski 12.96
5 Travis Iles 12.99
DNF Benjamin Hayward

120m Ladies Gift Open final
1 Larissa Chambers, 14.14
2 Demi Wynyard 14.22
3 Elizabeth Melrose 14.28
4 Katie Colebourne 14.40
5 Tara Chaplin 14.44
6 Michelle Mackey 14.62.

"Let's Go While We're Young"


2016 Ipswich Lighning Gift FINAL

2016 Women's Ipswich Gift FINAL

Ipswich Backmarkers Consolation

1. Mitchell Williams 1.25m, 13.29sec
2. Shemiah James 7.75m, 13.52
3. Lorenz Ryan 8.50m, 13.54
4. Dominic Treherne 9.50m, 13.67
5. Scott Tuohy 10.25m, 13.68

"Let's Go While We're Young"


27th Ipswich Lightning Gift 2016
Bill Paterson Oval Ipswich
70m Boys Dash

1. Joshua Cowley 3.0m, 8.04 sec.
2. Joel Walk 4.50m, 8.07
3. Nicholas Grant 2.50m, 8.08
4. Liam Ginn 6.00m, 8.09
5. Dominic Treherne 5.50m, 8.09
6. Lorenz Ryan 5.00m, 8.09
7. Travis Iles 3.00m, 8.09
8. Hamish Macintosh 6.00m, 8.19

Hats off to the handicapper, this is an extraordinary result. Assuming the times are correct, there is only 5/100ths sec between 1st and 7th, with four athletes on 8.09.

27th Ipswich Lightning Gift 2016
Bill Paterson Oval Ipswich
70m Girls Dash

1. Katie Colebourne 4.00m, 8.54sec.
2. Demi Wynyard 6.50m, 8.57
3. Tara Chaplin 7.00m, 8.65
4. Hayley Wright 7.00m, 8.70

"Let's Go While We're Young"


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It was a great afternoon and night for the running of the 35th Ipswich Lightning Gift in conjunction with the Ipswich AA Winter Carnival meet at the Bill Patterson Oval in Ipswich.

23 competitors entered into the Open event with 15 competitors in the Women's event.

There was some great running with some extremely tight finishes, so "hats off" to the handicapper of the QAL with so many young and unseen athletes to handicap.

Disappointing though, with the numbers so small and this may have had something to do with a 1pm start and a 6.35pm finish on a Sunday night in Ipswich. Both of the 70 metre events were straight Finals.

Mitch Williams-Swain was the only athlete of note with a few local identities there on the day.

There used to be 400 metre events and 300 metre Masters events a few years back but unfortunately they have dropped off also.

Hopefully the organisers from Ipswich AA will have a good look at their programming and move the start to a more reasonable time of 10.30 / 11am for next years event and thus getting a few more athletes on the day.

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