Sporting talent strong

40 REBECCA VAN ASCH (nee Quail) become the first Tasmanian to win a lawn bowls world championship when she teamed with Queenslander Kelsey Cottrell to claim the pairs title in Adelaide in December last year. The Invermay star was a contender for the 2013 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year award.

39 NEROLI ELLIS guided the state's public hospital nurses through another round of wage and condition negotiations in 2013. The ANMF state secretary said staffing levels and work loads were threatening safe patient care.

38 GRANT BIRCHALL put in a supreme performance off half-back for Hawthorn in the AFL Grand Final against Fremantle with 26 possessions and became a dual premiership winner. In December the Devonport-born footballer signed on with Hawthorn for another four years.

37 PRINCESS MARY couldn't make it to Tasmania during her visit to Australia in 2013 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, which was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzen, but won plenty of hearts when she and PRINCE FREDERIK visited bushfire ravaged areas of New South Wales.

36 JIM WILKINSON's election as Legislative Council president to replace the retiring SUE SMITH came as no surprise. Mr Wilkinson was elected to his fourth six-year term in the council in May despite campaigns targeting his lack of support for state- based same-sex marriage laws.

35 BARRY JARVIS, mayor of Dorset and BERTRAND CADART, mayor of Glamorgan Spring Bay, announced their intention to stand as Liberal candidates at the state election in Bass and Lyons respectively and suggested it wouldn't affect their working relationships with the state government.

34 ALAN BIRCHMORE came to grips with the Tamar silt problem as chairman of the Launceston Flood Authority when a five-month sediment-raking program moved an estimated 200,000 cubic metres of mud - double the amount that the authority was predicting.

33 TIM COYLE went out on a high note as Tasmanian cricket coach guiding the Tigers to another win in the Sheffield Shield in March and found his "retirement" pretty busy being appointed to two national coaching roles by Cricket Australia and launching the Aussie 15s competition in Launceston.

32 ALEX DOOLAN has styled his cricket on Ricky Ponting and was regularly mentioned as a potential Test cricketer during the year. He was selected for Australia A's tour of Africa in July and August but is still waiting for a Test call- up.

31 BRIAN WIGHTMAN had a big year as state Attorney-General and saw through some significant legal reforms. He seemed to keep his head down as Environment Minister except when it came to a photo opportunity with a Tasmanian devil.

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