East coast shot a gift

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Kimberley Gift winners Colin Skeen, 16, and Reshinta Bradshaw, 15.
Camera IconKimberley Gift winners Colin Skeen, 16, and Reshinta Bradshaw, 15. Credit: Tim Mason

As runners took to the track to take part in the Kimberley Gift, two of the region’s fastest have triumphed and booked themselves a life-changing opportunity.

The second Kimberley Gift was held at Father McMahon Oval last Saturday, with sprinters looking to break records for a chance to travel to Victoria and compete in the Parkdale Gift and Stawell Gift next year.

It was tough conditions leading up to the big event, with temperatures soaring to 44.6C, dust storms and lightning.

Last year’s female winner Reshinta Bradshaw, 15, went back-to-back to win the female race by two metres and entrench her name into the record books.

Bradshaw said the experience from last year and the opportunity to race at Parkdale and Stawell stood her in good stead for this year’s race.

In the men’s Kimberley Gift, Broome resident Colin Skeen, 16, outran a top field to take out the race, all while losing his cap and catching it mid-sprint.

Event organiser Tim Mason said the event and program went from strength to strength.

“We are seeing some top-class performances from the Kimberley,” he said.

“These athletes will be supp-orted by local professional runner Brad Kitto as they prepare for the next four months.”

Both Bradshaw and Skeen took home $300 prize money and trips and accommodation to Victoria to race in the Parkdale and Stawell gifts, which will be held in February and April next year.

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