17yo Nathan Caccamo has led the North Beach Athletics charge for prizemoney at this year’s annual Mullewa Gift Spring Professional Racing Carnival. In an amazing afternoon of racing, footballer Caccamo (pictured above in white) has taken top honours in 3 of the 4 races on offer in the 2011 event. He won the ($1000) 550m Open race, the ($400) 120m Novice sprint and the ($600) 70m sprint at the carnival.
Caccamo racing from the 70m handicap took the lead after rounding the final bend to claim victory. His team mate Ben Knox (80m, pictured above in yellow) took third place in the 550m race, with Courtney Heinz in second (28m, above in blue). New Blues member Ben King finsihed a close 4th (off a 30m handicap) in his first professional meeting.
In other results, 2010 Perth Gift winner and North Beach Blue Cole Unasa (8m) was runner up in the main event of the day, the $2000 Mullewa Gift Open sprint race. His team mate Mat Short (10.25m) also made the 120m final finishing 4th behind Bryce Teo (8m, finishing 3rd), making up the blanket of minor placings on the day. The race was won by front marker Adam Moore off the very generous mark of 16.5m.
Unasa (5m) then backed up with another outstanding effort to finish 3rd place in the ($600) 70m sprint race behind team mate Caccamo (12.5m) and runner up Moore (9.25m).
Congratulations to all the other NBA members who made the journey north for the weekend… Andrew Bannister, Josh Baharthah, Leigh Edwards & Dave Cicchini. We had a great fun weekend… Thanks to the very helpful Mullewa officials on the day, and to the ‘In-Town Apartments’ in Geraldton!
Twins’ Gift to hero dad
By Tom Davis,
September 2, 2011,
Tomorrow’s Be Active Mullewa Gift will hold a special place in the hearts of twin sisters Judy Hannan and Joan Cunningham.
They will commemorate the day in 1926 when their father Jack Hannan won the Gift and with it, a bounty of 60 pounds.
In those days, 60 pounds was a tidy sum, considering 412 pounds could buy you a brand new Studebaker straight six motor car.
Since their father’s passing in 1992, Hannan’s twin daughters, both 77, made a pact to one day travel north and celebrate his achievement.
Eighty-five years after Jack’s win, two generations of the Hannan family will be in attendance at this year’s Gift.
Judy and Joan and Joan’s daughter Jude Fitzgerald will watch the top WA sprinters of today compete in the $2000 120m race.
Judy Hannan felt proud to revisit the ground where her father struck gold as a 20- year-old.
“He always had fond memories of Mullewa because he won Gift there all those years ago,” she said.
“60 pounds was a lot of money back then so it was a big deal.
“Joan and myself always said we’d go to Mullewa — it’s quite a coincidence that it has fallen on the 85th anniversary.”
Tomorrow’s race, organised by WA Athletics, is the highlight of Mullewa’s Agricultural Show.
Other races include dashes over 70m and 550m.
A total of 35 athletes have nominated this year.
It’s a steady uptake compared to the 50 which took part in 1926, as reported in the Geraldton Guardian.
Its profile was highly celebrated, the Guardian reported “cameras were very much in use” during the presentations attended by Parliamentary dignitaries.
In a memoir, Hannan described the race as “the Stawell of the West,” comparing it to Australia’s most lucrative sprint in Victoria.
Fast forward to 2011 and this year’s Gift has lured a host of track stars listed above.