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Adelaide Track Classic is set and ready to go

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1 Adelaide Track Classic is set and ready to go on Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:24 am



Adelaide secures track Classic

by Kym Morgan
City North Messenger
1 Nov 11

OLYMPIC pole vault champion Steve Hooker is likely to be the headline act when national level track and field comes to Adelaide for the first time in seven years in January.

Athletics SA (ASA) last week told the East Torrens Messenger it would host a leg of Athletics Australia’s National Tour this summer, in a coup for the sport’s profile locally.

World 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson is another star who could front for the event, which will be known as the Adelaide Track Classic.

“It is something we have worked very hard to secure and we’re really excited have a national meet of this calibre back here in Adelaide,” a buoyant Athletics SA chief executive Adam Bishop said last week.

“To get some of the best athletes in the world here to Adelaide I think will be great for the profile of the sport locally.

“I think raising the media profile of a sport and exposing people to the elite level has a real correlation with improving participation.”

The event was secured last month when the City-Bay Fun Run organisation became a major sponsor.

Bishop said ASA was still looking to attract a naming right sponsor for event, which will be televised on Channel 9 and is expected to attract about 3000 spectators.

But he said the City-Bay Fun Run organisation’s support, along with support from West Torrens Council and Athletics Australia, meant the event would proceed. Doubt was cast over the event in August when Events SA rejected ASA’s bid for funding.

Among the local stars expect to compete at the event are Enfield Harriers heptathlete Lauren Foote, 400m runners Clay Watkins (Western Districts) and Rosie Kelly (Pembroke), and Salisbury decathlete Jarrod Sims.

The event will take place on January 28 at the newly upgraded Santos Stadium, Mile End.

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