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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Stonnington sets record for Women's prizemoney

Stonnington sets record for Women's prizemoney

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Stonnington sets record for highest prizemoney in Women's Gift

by Brad Beitzel
Stonnington Leader
7 Feb 12

THE City of Stonnington has created a first for professional athletics in Australia by putting up the highest prizemoney for a women’s gift.

The $15,000 will be on offer at the event this Friday night at Toorak Park.

Within days of the Stonnington announcement in December, a women’s gift in NSW boosted its prizemoney to $16,000.

The Victorian Athletic League’s Mark Howard said the Queanbeyan Gift had held the mantle for the richest in the country so it boosted its prize to stay there.

What is special for the Stonnington Gift is it is the state’s richest prize for women while setting a precedent for other events.

Also the gift’s prize pool of $38,000 places it at the top of metropolitan Melbourne and third in the state behind Stawell and Ballarat.

The Stonnington Gift was re-launched last year after going into recess in 2000.

In the 1990s Cathy Freeman would run at the event and receive appearance money - generated from the gate rather than the council.

How ironic that an event that used to pay for a marquee female is now funding equality.

The first gun is fired at 6pm with the gifts run under lights about 10pm.

The new turf at the ground was well-received by athletes last year.

Despite the track, cut close to the stands on Orrong Rd, being uphill, they said the surface was one of the most consistent they had on the circuit.

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