North-West athletes top scoreboard at carnival

THE NORTH-WEST won the major association division of the state primary schools athletics carnival held at Launceston's St Leonards centre yesterday.

Competitors representing schools in Devonport and Burnie finished on top of the points tally on 421 points, followed by the Launceston region on 412 and Hobart on 323.

The country association was won by the Huon and Channel on 506 points in a close contest with Northern Midlands, which finished second on 495, followed by East North- East on 244.

About 700 primary school athletes, from grades 3 to 6, took part in the carnival representing the three main population regions plus country areas of East-North- East, Tamar Valley, Northern Midlands, Circular Head and Huon-Channel.

Athletes competed in track and field events including relays.

"It was fantastic weather and we had about 1500 to 2000 people altogether including parents and spectators here at St Leonards," carnival organiser Justin Cudmore said.

"Launceston won the carnival last year for the first time since 2006, but the North- West region is traditionally strong."

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