Tassie Locals take out titles at the St Helens Athletics Carnival

January 22, 2022

The 67th annual St Helens Athletics Carnival marked the end of an action-packed 2021/22 TasCarnivals season. Woodchopping, cycling and running events partnered with a beautiful day on the East Coast ensured an impressive day of competition.

A day of athletic events kicked off with the Men's and Women's 70m finals. Emma Penney took out a strong women's race with a time of 8.65 seconds, ahead of Sharee Maksimovic and Robyn Locke. Crowd favourite Ross Lovell closely took out the men's, with an impressive time of 7.74 seconds.

A major attraction of the athletic events was the Men's and Women's 120m Gifts, with Lucy Carter flying to victory in the women's and dedicating her win to her supportive Dad and giving thanks to coach, Ray Quarrell. Devonport local Adam French taking out the men's, following his win at the Rosebery Gift earlier this TasCarnival season, just ahead of his stable mate Jordan Maynard.

Ali Foot, starting off 205 metres in the Open 3200m Final, held on to take out the title, closely followed by Phil McConnon who dug deep in the final 400m, with Darcy Miller finishing 3rd.

Wrapping up the Carnival series was the Running Open 400m Final, which saw an outstanding win from Orin Ball, ahead of the likes of Laura McShane, Samuel Clifford and Jared Gilroy.

Hailing from Burnie, Amalia Langham took out an impressive win in the Women's Wheelrace, prevailing over Emily Walker. Jack Hadley went away with the Men's Wheelrace title, starting off a mark of 120m.

Woodchopping events drew in a huge crowd, with champion axeman Riley Sheehan taking out the tree-felling final ahead of Brad Turner, Billy Purton and multiple world champion Daniel Gurr. The anticipated 300m Final saw Todd Nielson crowned champion, ahead of crowd favourites Mick Tucker, Riley Sheehan and Daniel Gurr.

After a hiatus, the footballers gift sprint was back at the 2022 Carnival, seeing members of the East Coast Swans Football Club take to the track for some friendly team competition. The junior 120m track event kept crowds entertained and saw many East Coast locals involved in the day.

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