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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Sharon Hannan says the Gold Coast track is past its use by date

Sharon Hannan says the Gold Coast track is past its use by date

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Coach warns of tired Coast athletics track

By Alister Thomson,
Gold Coast Sun
October 5th, 2011

SALLY Pearson's coach Sharon Hannan claims the state of the Gold Coast's synthetic athletics track is harming the city's chances of producing future world champion athletes.

"The track is well past its use-by date,'' Hannan said.

"We've got six years to go until the Commonwealth Games. We're not going to produce any more Sally Pearsons if we do not have new facilities.''

Hundreds of athletes use the 400m artificial running surface, located off University Drive in Parklands, every week.

The track was built in August, 1998 to last 10 years and was now worn out, she said.

Hannan, who helped Pearson secure the world 100m hurdles title this year, has managed the track since the start.

"We are now into our 14th year of the surface and it's not holding up.''

Hannan wants Gold Coast City Council to spend $500,000 to strip and resurface the track. She has spoken to Mayor Ron Clarke and was asked to submit a proposal.

The city's athletes can't afford to wait until the new training track at Carrara Stadium is built in 2017, she said.

Cr Clarke said he believed the track should be completely resurfaced "as soon as possible''.

But he said the council had deferred any decision until after the announcement on whether the Gold Coast succeeded in its 2018 Commonwealth Games bid.

Maintenance work was carried out earlier this year and work would begin shortly to clean and have the track relined.

But while the track had hardened slightly, it was still of an acceptable standard, Cr Clarke said.

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