First ever Kim­ber­ley Gift

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Carly Laden

The Kim­ber­ley re­gion’s finest run­ners have been given the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time af­ter tak­ing part in an in­au­gu­ral sprint­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The Kim­ber­ley Gift took place at Father McMa­hon Oval on Satur­day when indige­nous sprint­ers tried their hand at a dash for a spot in Vic­to­ria’s pres­ti­gious Stawell Gift.

Kim­ber­ley Gift organiser Tim Ma­son said the event came about af­ter he and 1990 Stawell Gift ri­val Dean Capo­bianco wanted to look at indige­nous tal­ents in the Stawell Gift.

“The Stawell Gift is the most pres­ti­gious footrace and we wanted to help pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for indige­nous ath­letes in re­gional ar­eas like the Kim­ber­ley,” he said.

“At this stage we’re mostly look­ing at sprints for the Stawell Gift and hope­fully over time we can make a real car­ni­val out of the Kim­ber­ley Gift and in­cor­po­rate other events.”

The event came about af­ter Ma­son and Capo­bianco took Broome’s Alex McKen­zie and Derby cousins Solomon and Quarnie Peu­morra to run in this year’s Stawell Gift as a trial run of the pro­gram.

“Solomon won a sash at the Park­dale Gift mwhich was pretty ter­rific,” Ma­son said.

“In the past there has been four indige­nous win­ners of the Stawell Gift, the first one be­ing in 1878m through to the most re­cent win­ner, Josh Ross, who has won it twice.” Ross, who has been named the third-fastest Aus­tralian of all time, also made an ap­pear­ance at the Kim­ber­ley Gift in an in­vi­ta­tional race among some of WA’s fastest sprint­ers and some lo­cal tal­ent.

Broome’s Resh­inta Brad­shaw, 14, won the women’s Kim­ber­ley Gift race, while Bea­gle Bay’s Ty­ron Cox won the men’s Kim­ber­ley Gift and they were awarded $700 in prize money.

The pair will take part in a num­ber of train­ing ses­sions in Perth be­fore fly­ing to Mel­bourne for the 2019 Stawell Gift.

The Stawell Gift is set to take place in April.

Pic­tures: Carly Laden

Bea­gle Bay's Ty­ron Cox leads the way in the men's Kim­ber­ley Gift sprint.

Run­ners, in­clud­ing lo­cal tal­ent, in an in­vi­ta­tional race.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.