WESTERN Suburbs athletics coach Les Nankervis will have a stable of nine runners taking part in this year's Christmas carnivals series.
Nankervis has more than 20 years of carnivals experience under his belt and this year will have Ryan O'Halloran, Brodie Robinson, Jordan Tyler, Tiffany Henricks, Nick and Jordan Bennett, Robert Kellond, Natika Deavin and Courtney Stanley taking part from the Latrobe carnival on Friday.
"Ryan is our most experienced runner who is running quite well and knows and understands what it takes to win in these situations," Nankervis said.
"He won the Latrobe Gift in 2010 and made both the finals in Launceston and finished third in the 200 metres at Richmond.
"I think he might need a couple of more runs to bring him right through and he will be there."
Nankervis said Robinson was running well, particularly over the 400m distance winning the event at the PCCCT carnival in Burnie last Sunday.
"He has been recovering from a slight niggling injury but I think the confidence and a bit of self-belief is helping him out and I'm confident he will put in a good show in the 400m events throughout the carnivals."
Tyler is an 800m and 1500m runner who has worked hard during the winter to bring his times down and Nankervis said he was placed in a good group for the mile at Latrobe.
"I think he will go well but has a tendency to give them a bit of a start early in the piece so if we can just fix up the positions he is running in the field he should go very well," Nankervis said.
"Tiffany is another starter at Latrobe but has been juggling schoolwork and a part-time job.
"She is probably best over the 200m, out to a 400m, when she is right and we hope she will go a little better over those distances as the season progresses."
Nankervis said the carnivals were important for teaching local runners how to run correctly."If they can get out there and learn to chase, to run relaxed - once they are back in the amateurs off the same mark it will do them the world of good to realise they can do it under pressure."