The 2018 Kimberley Gift
Father McMahon Sports Field (Broome Recreation Aquatic Centre)
Saturday 1st December 2018
Lynch Cooper – Stawell Gift Winner 1928
History – Indigenous Winners of the Stawell Gift
There is a long history of successful Aboriginal runners in the Stawell Gift (Australia’s most famous footrace) from Robert Kinnear, the first Aboriginal runner to win the Stawell Gift in 1883 through to champions like Tom Dancey, an Aboriginal stockman and boundary rider won Australia’s most famous footrace in 1910. Lynch Cooper, a Yorta Yorta man, was born in the early 1905 at Moira Lake near Tocumwal and was educated at Mulwala State School. Cooper was the first Aboriginal sprinter to win the World’s Sprint Championship. He won the Stawell Gift in 1928 and Josh Ross the two times winner of the gift in 2003 and 2005 (right).
In 2018 three Indigenous athletes from the Kimberley’s in Western Australia were provided the opportunity to travel from their communities from Broome (Alex McKenzie) and Derby (Solomon and Quarnie Peumorra) to participate in the prestigious professional athletic events, the Parkdale and Stawell Gifts.
The aims of the project are to:
- Connect Communities’ from the Kimberley to Communities in Melbourne
- Connect with business
- Connect with talent
- Connect with opportunities for employment, sport and personal development
The concept was supported by former professional runners Tim Mason, Scott Grigg and the last Western Australian to win the Stawell Gift Dean Capobianco in 1990. Fantastic corporate and private support from Moorabbin Airport, Paul Ferguson, CCB Envico, Rick Smith allowed this project to come to fruition.
The Kimberley Gift will allow a process to identify Indigenous Talent across the Kimberley’s Region, create an event of significance and interest and provide the opportunity to participate in both the Parkdale Gift on February and Stawell Gift in April 2019.
The Kimberley Gift both is a 100m race for both Men and Women is:
- Open to Indigenous Males aged 15 years and over (free entry)
- Open to Indigenous Females aged 15 years and over (free entry)
- Distance 100m
- Heats, semi-finals and final on the day
- Registrations can be taken prior or on the day
- No registration fee for athletes required
- Prize money of approximately $1,500 for the Males race and $1,500 Females Race
- Sash and Trophy for winners
- Saturday 1 December 6.00pm-9.00pm
- Venue: Father McMhanon Oval (BRACS), Broome WA.
- Invitational race inviting the Best Western Australia’s Pro Sprinters both Male and Female in a handicap race over 120m to Broome for the Kimberley Gift.
- Organised under the West Coast Athletic League Inc.
- Managed and delivered by Tim Mason – Organiser of the Parkdale Gift (parkdalegift.com) in conjunction with West Coast Athletic League Inc. and Dean Capobianco.
- Significant Corporate support has already been secured including Mintel, CCB Envico and Moorabbin Airport will allow this project to continue in 2019.
- Winners of both the Male and Female plus a selected Wildcard (an athlete that may show potential) will win:
- Prize money for winning the Male and Female Kimberly’s Gift
- Sash for winning the Male and Female Kimberly’s Gift
- Fully paid for airfares, transport, accommodation, entry fees and supervisor
- Broome – Perth – return (mid Jan) sprint coaching sessions with 2017 World medalist coach / 5 x WCAL Trainer of the Year Paul Edmiston (sprintingfast.com)
- Broome – Melbourne – return (Feb 1-3) to complete at the Parkdale Gift
- Broome – Melbourne – return (April 19 – 22) to compete in the Stawell Gift
- Meet with key stakeholders St Kilda Football Club, local Kingston Indigenous community, media, local business e.g. Moorabbin airport, mentoring and coaching from leading national athletes and coaches.
Contact: Tim Mason – Parkdale Gift (M: 0456 985201) | E: Timmason1965@gmail.com
The invited WA athletes will be announced soon.