Tasmanian Christmas Carnival - Parity Prizemoney in Burnie

Published
29/11/2019




With the momentum building into the Tasmanian Christmas Carnival season the Burnie Athletic Club (BAC) is proud to announce that for the first time in the Clubs history the 4 signature events of the carnival will deliver equal prizemoney for the men’s and women’s events.


• The Stubbs Constructions Women’s Gift now provides for $12,000 of total prizemoney
• The Direct Edge Women’s Wheel race now delivers $10,000 of total prizemoney.


With both these events now matching the respective men’s prizemoney for the Gift and Wheel race this truly sets a benchmark across Tasmania.


“Both Stubbs Constructions and Direct Edge have been marvelous corporate partners of the BAC over many years” says BAC President Ricky Aitken.


“Both of these businesses have committed over the past three years to increase their financial support to the point where we are proud to have them involved in a true working partnership and to be able to announce this with them today,” Aitken added.


The Burnie Carnival has twice in the past ten years been awarded the Australia Carnival of the Year by the Australian Athletic Confederation and sees itself as being progressive and innovative with this announcement among its finest.


BAC has been working for the past two years with Lion Dairy & Drinks, now owned by Saputo Dairy Australia, to meet one of their core business objectives of gender equality. Saputo is the Burnie New Year’s Eve Carnival naming rights sponsor under their Heritage / Mersey Valley brands.


Another objective of BAC is to get an equal number of women and men as both competitors and club members and are hoping these prizemoney announcements will inspire more women to see the Carnival and the Club as a contemporary organization and want to participate.


In a ringing endorsement Dr Bridie O'Donnell, the Victorian Director | Office for Women in Sport and Recreation and former world champion cyclist says.


“We welcome the announcement that the Burnie Athletic Club will be ensuring equal prize money for all competitors in the Wheel race and in the Gift. When clubs celebrate and reward all their competitors equally, regardless of gender, it brings the best athletes to those events and demonstrates a commitment to growing their sport.


"With the Tokyo Olympics less than nine months away, I’m excited to see some of our fastest athletes competing on home soil for a big prize purse,” Dr O'Donnell said.


Series Promoter Richard Welsh added that the announcement was a significant milestone for the series.


“Burnie in particular has over 130 years of history and is one of the most iconic and historical carnivals in the country. The hard work gone into this parity of prizemoney by the club ought to be applauded.


“The best way for society to respond to this great step is for women to line up and try to win the races, the crowd to cheer for all events and the media to cover them all equally,” Welsh added.


2019/2020 Tasmanian Christmas Carnival Program;
Rosebery – Saturday 21 December
Launceston – Friday 27 December
Latrobe – Saturday 28 December
Devonport – Sunday 29 and Monday 30 December
Burnie – Tuesday 31 December
Hobart – Sunday 5 January
St Helens – Saturday 18 January