The first Somerset Gift launched to a crowd of participating athletes, students, staff and alumni. Held in conjunction with the Queensland Athletic League and inspired by the prestigious Stawell Gift traditionally held on a grass surface, the Somerset Gift displayed its own style, taking place at our world class synthetic athletics track.
On Saturday 15 July Somerset College hosted the inaugural Somerset Gift. Complementing the Founders’ day celebrations which had commenced the day prior, the Gift attracted students, staff, alumni, as well as regional and interstate athletes who all competed for a prize pool of more than $19,000.
Former student Alex Beck and current student Maccan Clucas-Boyes progressed to the final of the Somerset Alumni 100m Open, however it was 18 year old Brisbane student Jack Payne who was crowned the inaugural champion. Payne, starting off of 6m blitzed the field holding off the fast finishing Mitchell Pateman and Nazmee-Lee Marai in a time of 10.33 seconds.
Year 12 student Mayla Singh topped off a sublime afternoon of athletics by performing strongly In the Somerset Alumni 100m Open Female final, however it was Hayley Wright starting off of 8.5m who secured her first Somerset Gift in a time of 11.73 seconds. 300m winner Elizabeth Melrose just missed the double finishing second while Beth Van Der Waal came in third.
Special thank you to our organising committee of Andrea Lewis, John Bacon, and Candice McKenna for their efforts in putting this event together as well as all of our sponsors and supporters listed below.
- Ignition Athletics 100m 14 and under Female – Britney Ingr
- Ignition Athletics 100m 14 and under Male – Felix Jackson
- Arakan Martial Arts 100m 15 years Female – Lauren Snuderl
- Arakan Martial Arts 100m 15 years Male – Cory King
- NAB 100m 16 years Female – Hayley Wright
- NAB 100m 16 years Male – Nayan Patel
- Telstra Store Australia Fair 100m 17 years Female – Ella Crough-Heaton
- Telstra Store Australia Fair 100m 17 years Male – Sam Mcarthur
- P&F Association 100m 18 years Female – Mayla Singh
- P&F Association 100m 18 years Male – Harris Franzmann
- Somerset Alumni 100m Open Female – Hayley Wright
- Somerset Alumni 100m Open – Jack Payne
- Sowerby Family 300m Open Female – Elizabeth Melrose
- Sowerby Family 300m Open – Maccan Clucas-Boyes
- Aon Insurance Masters Mile (Over 30) – James Drew
- Mudgeeraba One Mile Open – Adam Fogg
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Telstra Store Australia Fair – Chris Rodgers
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Somerset P&F Association
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Arakan Martial Arts
Ignition Athletics Club
Queensland Athletic League