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1Top talent heading to Tassie Empty Top talent heading to Tassie on Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:37 pm



Carnivals attract top talent
The Advocate
11 Dec, 2010

SPORT Carnivals Association of Tasmania athlete coordinator Rod Walker believes the line-up of talent for this year's Basslink Christmas Carnivals Series is as good as ever.

The three main carnivals will start with Latrobe on Boxing Day and have attracted some great athletes.

Victorian Athletic League runner of the year, Cam Dunbar, will be joined by New South Wales 400m champion Lauchlan Taylor as the two favourites for the Latrobe Gift.

Hobart athletes Grant Page and Richard Welsh will be out to take control of Latrobe's 1600m race, but will have to be on the lookout for Coastal runner Douglas Hamerlok.

Page and Hamerlok provided one of the highlights of last year's carnivals with Hamerlok's never-give-up attitude eventually proving too good for Page.

Devonport has managed to secure some of the best women athletes in the country.

Australian 100m champion and Commonwealth Games representative Melissa Breen is the main attraction along with 2006 200m winner Cara White, 2008 women's gift winner Tabatha West, and 2008 Bay Sheffield gift and 2009 Burnie Gift winner from South Australia Alicia Wrench-Doody.

The quality of men are no exception with 2010 Stawell Gift winner Tom Burbidge and Douglas Greenough coming down to compete.

National 800m finalist and the first South Australian runner to break 1min 50sec in eight years, James Boden, has also been confirmed as an entrant.

2Top talent heading to Tassie Empty Re: Top talent heading to Tassie on Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:40 pm



Burbidge main act at Burnie carnival
The Advocate
09 Dec, 2010

THIS year's Stawell Gift winner, Tom Burbidge, is the headline act for the 2011 New Year's Day Burnie Carnival following the launch last night.

Burbidge will be the main attraction for the $15,000 Burnie Gift and will be joined by last year's backmarker, Adrian Mott.

Burnie Athletic Club president Bruce Jackson said the Gift used to have up to four runners off scratch, but is no longer like that.

Burbidge won the Stawell Gift in 12.01sec, but was fined $5000 of his $40,000 winnings after he was found to be `dead running' or running slower on purpose to gain an advantage in the lead up to the event.

The man who ran third to Burbidge at Stawell, Douglas Greenough, will also run at Burnie, making it a very strong field.

The women's line up is just as impressive as the men with trainer and former Olympic hurdler Matt Beckenham sending Australian 100m champion Melissa Breen to contest the women's Gift.

Burnie women's Gift winner for 2009 Alicia Wrench-Doody will also return, giving Burnie two of the best three female sprinters in the country, excluding Sally Pearson.

Beckenham will also bring down a number of up-and- comers to the Burnie Carnival.

Hobart runner and multiple Tasmanian 1500m champion Grant Page has confirmed he will run in his first Tasmanian Mile Championship at Burnie and will go head-to-head with Coasters Douglas Hamerlok and Sam Fergusson.

The Burnie Wheel has been given a sponsorship boost to $10,000 and will be known as the Will Robinson Memorial Wheel Race after the reigning champion was killed in an accident earlier this year.

One thing that will be missing from this Burnie Carnival will be the tree felling teams race due to a lack of interest and competitors forcing organisers to cut it from the program.

3Top talent heading to Tassie Empty Re: Top talent heading to Tassie on Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:44 pm



Canberra stable to make a statement
The Examiner
13 Dec, 2010

NATIONAL 100-metre champion Melissa Breen and Stawell Gift winner Tom Burbridge will head the stable of runners coming to the Tasmanian Christmas carnivals for the first time under coach Matt Beckenham.
Beckenham, a former Olympian in 400m hurdles, has established a strong coaching base in Canberra and earlier this year was head of the running squad for the Youth Olympics in Singapore.

"We're excited to be coming to Tasmania for the first time and we're looking forward to getting some good results," he said.

While Beckenham has high hopes for Breen and Burbridge, he hasn't discounted the chances of some of his other runners.

"Brendan Matthews has been a finalist at Stawell for the past two years and is a 19-year-old who I consider to be a very exciting prospect," he said.

"Derek Collinge won the Burramine Gift earlier this year and will be a contender.

"We're looking forward to spending the New Year in the Apple Isle and to competing the first time."

Beckenham, 34, still runs competitively himself and has entered for races at the Devonport and Burnie carnivals.

Burbridge and Breen can be expected to run off the backmarks in the $15,000 Burnie men's gift and the $5000 Burnie women's gift.

After winning her national 100m crown Breen ran overseas for a few weeks in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi where she qualified for the semi-final but ran fifth to just miss a berth in the final.

At Burnie the pair will spearhead the ACT relay team in a special interstate relay against teams from South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

The 4 x 100m * relay will consist of three men and a woman and with plenty of interstate rivalry on the line it will be one of the highlights of the night program at Burnie.

While this will be Beckenham's first visit to the carnivals organisers hope that he will enter into a long-term agreement to continue bringing runners back in the future.

* Relay will be 4 x 200m

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