Preview - more women in 2006 / 2007
Record numbers for third year in a row
The number of competitors competing at this year’s Carnivals is again up on the previous two years and that is an excellent result. The first of the major Carnivals at Latrobe will see 205 cyclists competing with significant increases in the women and junior ranks. The number of runners is also up from 103 to 118.
Over the last to years the Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania has implemented strategies to try and increase the number of competitors and we are now starting to see the benefit of that. Some of these strategies included offering a travel subsidy to all mainland competitors, advertising on the web site and contacting many sporting outlets throughout Australia. One exceptional response has been attracting 15 quality cyclists from Western Australia. All of these competitors bring an average of at least one person with them so in general it helps to build the success of the Carnivals.
Over the past two decades there has been suggestions of doom about the future of the Carnivals but in recent years there has been some excellent competition and with increased competitor numbers the future looks good.
Spectator numbers and sponsorship have also held up and with the Carnival Organisers and Clubs continuing to look at improvements I urge people to remain positive about this unique and fantastic Carnival Series.
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