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Big names strengthen Tassie Christmas Carnivals

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Big names strengthen the Christmas Carnivals series

By Alex Fair
Burnie Advocate
1 Jan 2017

While Sunday was a fresh start for many people, it also signalled the end for this post-Christmas carnivals on the Coast for this season.

Burnie’s 130th celebrations for its New Year’s Day sporting extravaganza closed out a week that saw Latrobe and Devonport come alive with running, cycling and woodchopping of the highest order.

On top of that, there were the criteriums that were held on the streets of Ulverstone and Burnie, ensuring pretty much non-stop action since December 27.

While most are events that are steeped in history, and are part of the very fabric of the communities that hold them, as sporting contests that have regained some lost credibility in recent times due to the nature of the visiting competitors.

As a Coastal sporting community, we should be proud to have played host to these talented athletes over the past few days.

In many ways, it has been a flashback to the Rio Olympics and Paralympics when looking at the guest list for Tasmania’s Christmas Carnivals series. 

Morgan Mitchell, Ryan Gregson, Genevieve LaCaze, Sam Welsford, Annette Edmondson, Kaarle McCulloch, Georgia Baker, Scott Bowden and Deon Kenzie are just some stars that have competed.

That list doesn’t include the likes of Isaac Dunmall and Aaron Stubbs, previous winners of the Stawell Gift, Australia’s most prestigious foot race.

Mix them in with some of Tasmania’s finest (with Jack Hale and Stewart McSweyn near the top of that list) and you have recipe for a seriously good sporting event.

Quality such as this not only builds the profile of the series, and in theory attract more people, it also allows our athletes to test themselves against the very best.

Credit must go to Richard Welsh and John Craven, who deliver these big names, for helping revive the series over the past two seasons.

But these athletes must continue to visit in order for the series to remain relevant.

Congratulations must also be delivered to the organisers of the Latrobe Carnival.

The decision to move this season’s event back to the day after Boxing Day was correct in keeping with this line of thought.

It is easier to get those from the mainland to commit if there is an extra day between Christmas and this carnival.

Hopefully December 27 becomes its permanent date.

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