2017 Tasmanian Athletic League | Launceston carnival

THE ONE TO BEAT: Talented sprinter Patrick Chilvers taking out last season's gift. Picture: Supplied
THE ONE TO BEAT: Talented sprinter Patrick Chilvers taking out last season's gift. Picture: Supplied

Talented sprinter Patrick Chilvers will be hoping history repeats itself at the opening Tasmanian Athletic League season meeting on Saturday.

Chilvers has achieved back-to-back Launceston Athletic Carnival men’s gift wins and is the favourite to do it again at St Leonards Athletics Centre.

The former St Patrick’s College student has moved to Hobart to study medicine and is being trained by Wayne Mason.

His gift victories came over 200m, but following a race revamp this year, both the men’s and women’s gifts will be held over 120m.

“I haven’t been doing as much training over short distances, so I may not be as quick over the 120m as I would like,” Chilvers said.

“I love running the bend so I’m hoping that may show through in the 300m. I  have always enjoyed both 200m and 400m so hopefully the 300m can be a perfect distance for me”.

The women’s gift features back-marker, three-time Burnie gift winner and fastest Tasmanian Morgan Gaffney with last year’s gift runner-up Kysha Hill and former winners Brooke Jones and Laura Downie likely to be her main contenders. The open 1000m features a great field including Tasmania’s world para-athletics championships gold medalist Deon Kenzie.

Athletics Tasmania multi-event athletes will also compete in the decathlon and heptathlon. Events start at 3pm with the men’s gift final at 5.40pm and women’s at 5.50pm.