Carnivals attract top talent
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.