King Island Commonwealth Games representative Stewart McSweyn’s impressive skill set will again be on display in Tasmania this summer.
The 23-year-old will race at Latrobe, Devonport and Burnie carnivals either side of the New Year with training mate and reigning Burnie mile champion Matt Ramsden.
McSweyn, Australia’s best middle distance runner since Craig Mottram, is coming off a splendid 2018 during which he set personal best times over 1500m, one mile, 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m.
“The carnivals are a good kick start to the year and a great gauge of how you’re going leading into the new season,” he said.
“It sets me up pretty well, I’ve done it the last couple of years and I’ve had good seasons both times. I just love coming back as well.”
McSweyn finished fourth in his maiden carnivals race at Latrobe in 2016 before going on to win two days later in Devonport. Ramsden, 21, won his only carnivals race last year and is keen for more.
Ramsden said he is likely to be off a 10m handicap.