Donna MacFarlane has been contracted by the Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania (SCAT) to run at Latrobe, Devonport and Burnie at the National Grid Christmas Carnival Series. MacFarlane shot to fame by winning a bronze medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in the steeple chase and is one of the best athletes Tasmania has ever produced.
Securing MacFarlane for the series is a big boost and one that is a result of a collaborative approach by SCAT, Latrobe, Devonport, and Burnie Clubs. Grant Atkins President of SCAT is thrilled that MacFarlane will feature in the series. "Donna is a great asset to the series and will certainly prove to be a home town favourite," he said.
The three cycling clubs have also been working together in order to secure Victorian runner Kat Dressler, who will run at all three carnivals and is on the come back trail after suffering from an injury last year. Dressler was selected for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and was in the squad for the 4x400m relay in the 2004 Olympic Games.
Leon Saltmarsh, Secretary of the Burnie Athletic Club is excited that both MacFarlane and Dressler will run at all three carnivals. "This is a great result for all our clubs and SCAT, Dennis and Rod have been great to work with," he commented. "The calibre of MacFarlane and Dressler will certainly make for some exciting racing."