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Nippy’s Gift still growing in stature
The Nippy’s Loxton Gift, to be run
at the Loxton Oval this Saturday,
has continued to grow in stature
over its short history of 14 years.
First held in 2002, the event is now
regarded as second only to the Adelaide
Bay Sheffield in South Australia and among
the top 10 foot racing meetings in Australia.
Initiated by the Loxton Development
Committee to provide an added attraction
for the town’s annual Mardi Gras, the
concept was welcomed by the SA Athletic
League which administers professional
athletics in this state. The Nippy’s Loxton
Gift meeting has since become an
increasingly popular major regional fixture.
“ The enthusiastic support of sponsors
has been the foundation on which the
success of the event has been built,”
a spokesperson said. “Moorook juice
processing company Nippy’s has been the
major sponsor from the start.”
The winner of the 2015 Nippy’s Loxton
Gift will receive $5000 following an increase
in prize money by the company this year.
“In addition, Nippy’s provide generous
sponsorship for the Riverland football and
netball club relays which have became a
very popular feature of the Gift meeting,
with the teams competing for $2000 prize
money,” the spokesperson said.
The 2015 Gift has attracted a quality
field of sprinters, including Brad Schutz,
a convincing winner last year who will be
attempting to become the second dual
winner of the prestigious event.
Jarrad Dartnall, who won the Nippy’s Gift in
2011, will also be attempting to claim the
winner’s sash for a second time.
Ryan Hancock, runner-up last year, has won
through to the final six times and will be
striving to cap his remarkably consistent
record with a victory in 2015.
Bay Sheffield finalists Luke Houlihan
and Dylan Hicks, recent sprint winners
in Adelaide, Luke Buchanan and Michael
Cassidy, along with past Nippy’s Gift
placegetters James Cibich and Neil Thomas
could all be contenders this year.
Lauren McHugh, who won the Women’s
Gift last year, and the Loxton Hotel trophy
for the most outstanding athlete of the
meeting, has nominated for the 2015 event.
Also in the strong field will be the
second and third placegetters in the 2014
final, Hettie Driscoll and Hayley Orman,
the 2014 Women’s Bay Sheffield winner
Lauren Buchanan, Ali Trewartha, a finalist
in that event, plus Nichola Coombe, Katie
Jury, Kellie Symons and Jess Williams, who
have all featured in recent city events. Amy
Robb, a triple winner of the Women’s Gift,
will also be in this year’s field.
The 300 metre and 1000 metre events
will be among the features of the night’s
program to be run under lights at the
Leon Burckhardt, who retired after
winning the 2009 Nippy’s Loxton Gift, has
made a comeback to the track and has
entered the 300m over 35s event, which
has attracted a field of 32 runners.
Popular race caller Terry McAuliffe will be
returning for this year’s Nippy’s Loxton Gift
meeting and will provide the commentary
for the program of events.
“ The Loxton Waikerie Council parks
and gardens staff have been working on
preparing the sprint and circular tracks
for weeks in readiness for the 2015 Gift
meeting,” the spokesperson said.
“ Their efforts are invariably praised by
athletes and officials who appreciate the
excellent condition in which the oval and
tracks are presented.”
from left) claims
victory in the 2014
Nippy’s Loxton Gift.
2014 Nippy’s Loxton
gift were (from
left) 120m under
20 winner Holly
Moran, Trudy Scrapel
placed first for 300
metre race, coach
Frank McHugh, 2014
Nippy’s Loxton Gift
winner Brad Schutz,
athlete of the meet
and winner of the 120
metre women’s race
Lauren McHugh, with
sponsors Loxton Hotel
manger Karen Kilsby
and Jeff Knispel, of
Grant Schwartzkopff photos
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