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Loxton News - Gift Previews

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1 Loxton News - Gift Previews on Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:27 pm



Young guns hold Nippy’s Gift key
Loxton News Sport
Thursday, Feb 24 2011

A batch of talented young sprinters could hold the key to the 2011 Nippy's Loxton Gift this Saturday.

Heading the list is 17-year-old Jordan Caldow, who started favourite and won the 2010 Bay Sheffield late in December, in his first season of professional athletics.

James Cibich is another talented young sprinter in his first competitive season with plenty of potential, while Todd Bateman, now in his early 20s, is an experienced competitor who won the Bay Sheffield when 15 and was runner-up a couple of years later.

Dale Woodhams, a runner-up in the Stawell Gift last year, was hampered by injuries early this season and is now running into form.

Ryan Rossouw, the 2010 Nippy’s Gift winner, is a strong sprinter who could again be in contention, while dual Nippy’s Gift winner Brad Letton, William Bowie, Ben Koschade, Ryan Hancock, and Andrew Steele have all run well on the Loxton track. Bowie and Koschade are winners here while Hancock has been in four finals and Steele has reached three finals here.

Jarrad Dartnall is another young sprinter who has run well at Loxton, winning three events here and reaching the Gift final three times.

Michael Nitschke, whose interest in athletics was developed at Loxton High School, is a consistent performer at SA Athletic League meetings. He is entered in the Nippy’s Gift and 300 metre open event and has joined the ranks of sponsors by supporting an under 17 event on Saturday’s program.

The women’s 120 metre Gift, sponsored by Fulton Hogan, has attracted a quality field of sprinters, some of whom have competed with success in past years.

Heading the field is Tamara Dartnall, the women’s Bay Sheffield winner who has been in career best form this season, while Ali Trewartha, who was second to Dartnall in a photo finish in the women’s Bay Sheffield, has also been outstanding this season.

They could well stage another stirring battle in the women’s sprint, but will not have things all their own way.

Lucy Buckley, the 2010 Loxton Women’s Gift winner and athlete of the carnival, was also SA Athletic League athlete of the season last summer. A classy athlete, she will again be a strong contender, as will Brigid Connolly, who won the women’s gift at Loxton in 2009 and Amy Robb, a dual winner here.

Andrea Di Paolo and Megan Letton are two others who could figure in the women’s gift final. Letton won the 120 metre women’s sprint at the recent Maryborough (Vic) meeting, continuing the consistent form she has shown this season.

While the Nippy’s Gift and the women’s 120 metre sprint are the focus of attention, there is also great interest in the 300 metre and 1000 metre events, which have attracted excellent fields. With heats and finals, there will be around 50 events on the program which begins at 5pm. Entry is free to the Loxton oval.

Two young local athletes, Tayla Haslam and Jacob Otto, have indicated their interest in competing on Saturday night.

An SA Athletic League spokesman said they will be included if that is possible as the league is keen to encourage local athletes.

Jeff Knispel, whose company (Nippy’s) has sponsored the Loxton Gift since its inception in 2002, said he intends to continue that sponsorship in the foreseeable future.

Mr Knispel said there are many benefits to supporting healthy activities which bring people and communities together.

"It is clear there is wide community interest in the Gift meeting, with many people from the Riverland attending and enjoying the events," he said.

"The Nippy’s Gift meeting has achieved a high status in athletics, both in South Australia and interstate, which has benefits for the Riverland."

Mr Knispel said he has been happy to extend his company’s sponsorship to include relay events for Riverland football and netball clubs.

"Having Riverland competition in the program adds to the local interest, and with most sporting clubs often struggling to raise finance, the prize money is an inducement for clubs to participate," said Mr Knispel.

Tickets are still available for the Calcutta dinner at the Loxton Hotel on Friday night. MC for the evening is popular racecaller and athletics follower Terry McAuliffe, who will interview athletes during the evening.

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2 Re: Loxton News - Gift Previews on Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:31 pm



28/12/2010 SPORT: Final of the Bay Sheffield at Glenelg.
Women's winner Tamra Dartnall (blue) wins from Ali Trewartha.
Photo by Ray Titus.

Top sprinters head Loxton fields
Loxton News Sport
Thursday, Feb 17 2011

Adelaide teenager Jordan Caldow, who won the 2010 Bay Sheffield with a sizzling run in the final, heads the field for this year's Nippy’s Loxton Gift, to be contested on Saturday, February 26.

Tamara Dartnall, who won the women’s 120m gift in a photo finish at the Bay Sheffield carnival, and Ali Trewartha, who was second, are the form runners in the major women’s sprint at Loxton.

Caldow, 17, is in his first season of sprinting after switching from surf lifesaving.

He is the second youngest winner of the Bay Sheffield, which dates back to 1887.

The youngest is Berri-born Todd Bateman, who was just 15 when he won the event in 2003.

Bateman is among the high profile sprinters who has nominated for this year’s Nippy’s Loxton Gift.

Ryan Rossouw, the 2010 Nippy’s Gift winner, will return to defend his crown, while Brad Letton, the only multiple Loxton Gift winner, William Bowie and Ben Koschade are other former winners in the field.

Dartnall and Trewartha will face stiff competition in the women’s sprint, with Megan Letton, Amy Robb and Brigid Connolly also boasting major sprint successes this summer.

Lucy Buckley, who won the Loxton Hotel trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the carnival last year, will also be a major contender.

In addition to the major sprints, the number of entries for the 300 metre and 100 metre events on the program will provide great entertainment for spectators.

With heats and finals, the meeting will consist of around 50 events with almost non-stop action under lights at the Loxton oval with a 5pm start.

Relay events involving teams from Riverland football and netball clubs have become popular additions to the program, with generous prize money provided by Nippy’s.

These events are open to all football and netball clubs in the region.

South Australia’s top racecaller Terry McAuliffe will again provide his expert commentary for the Nippy’s Gift meeting.

He will also MC the Calcutta dinner at the Loxton Hotel on the Friday night and interview leading athletes, coaches and officials during the evening. Tickets for this entertaining dinner are available from Robert Pfeiler (0417 822 763) or Denis Hann (0439 847 517), either for tables of 10 or individuals.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Nippy’s Loxton Gift, which was first held in 2002.

The Loxton event has continued to grow in popularity, attracting spectators from throughout the Riverland. The event is praised by the SA Athletic League for the local organisation, obvious community support and the excellent preparation of the running track.

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