Ella Connolly at 18 wins the 2018 'Noosa Surf Club' Noosa Gift
Rising Track 400m Specialist, Ella Connolly from Burpengary in Qld, has won her first Open Gift by taking out the big one at Noosa on Saturday eve and pocketing $3,500 winners cheque from the front mark.
In an interview with TV channels 9 and 7...Ella commented “It’s very different with the boys chasing me down and also the way the blocks are set right on the line....I‘m stoked to win as I wasn’t expecting it....it‘s just such a great vibe here.” Ella recently represented Australia at the U/20 World Champs in Finland coming away with a 4th placing in the individual 400m and was then elevated into the Australian women's Team for the 4 x 400m relay. She advised that she has been racing over the shorter sprint distances while building her speed. Ella hopes to further improve in 2019 with the World University Games at Italy looming in July. She is the second female sprinter to win the Noosa Gift in its nine year history.
In hitting the finish line in 11.67sec off 15.0m, she was able to hold off Toowoomba's Max Mason(Blue 4.5) and Noosa trained Leo Drake (Pink 10.25). Max Mason went within a chest of Connolly, and almost won his second gift after winning the Pittsworth 'Crimson Flash' Gift. Other final placing's in the blanket finish were 4. Gary Finegan (Red 2.75), 5. Brenton Theile ( Green 9.5), 6 Jack Geary (White 4.0), 7 Jarrod McLaren (Yellow 4.5), 8 Patrick McCarthy (Black 11.0)
AccomNoosa Ladies Invitation 110m Final- Alexandra Heads Beach Sprinter, 1.Carla Bull (Green 6m 13.38sec) from 2. Hilal Durmaz (Red 0m) and 3. K Csurhes (Black 8.0m).
Murray Surveyors 300m Gallop Final The strong finishing, 1. Andrew Imlah (White 14m 33.73sec) from 2. Jonte Connolly (Pink 42m) and 3. Jahal Adamovskis-Krause (Green 35).
Pacific Motor Group 70m Dash Final- Ipswich Schoolgirl Sensation, 1. Hilal Durmaz (Yellow 10.5m 7.62sec) from 2. Patrick McCarthy (Blue 8.0m) and 3. Aaron Pateman (White 6.0m)