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Perth to host AA Tour meet in February

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1 Perth to host AA Tour meet in February on Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:56 am

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http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/-/sport/10007252/perth-to-host-world-athletics-event/

Perth to host world athletics event

By JAYNE RICKARD,
The West Australian
August 10, 2011,


Perth will host a world class athletics event next year as part of the revamped Australian Athletics Tour.

Up to 20 international athletes and home-grown heroes including Steve Hooker and Alana Boyd will compete in the Perth Track Classic, to be held at the WA Athletics Stadium next February.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the State Government, through Eventscorp, would support the event for three years.

The one-day event is expected to attract the best international athletes to WA soil since 1996 when British Olympic gold medallist Linford Christie competed in Perth.

Perth will also host the Australian Junior Athletic Championship in 2013 and the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships.

"The junior championships attract the best athletes from the under 14, 16, 18 and 20 age groups and has become a must for any junior athlete who wants to go on to represent Australia," Dr Hames said.

As well as being a major boost to WA's athletics community, Dr Hames said the competitions would benefit the economy.

"The Perth Track Classic and the Junior Championships will see thousands of athletes and spectators visit WA, potentially injecting $10million into the State's economy," he said.

Broome’s world famous Cable Beach will be the scene of a new outdoor international basketball event next month.

The Perth Wildcats and three international teams will play under the Kimberley stars on a specially-made court with seating for about 1500 spectators.

The Shanghai Sharks, Singapore Slingers and the Indonesian national team will join the Wildcats at the inaugural event.

The Cable Beach Invitational will be held on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.


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