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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Golden Grove Little Athletics Club renews calls for Adelaide’s second synthetic running track

Golden Grove Little Athletics Club renews calls for Adelaide’s second synthetic running track

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Golden Grove Little Athletics Club renews calls for Adelaide’s second synthetic running track

By Elizabeth Henson, Duane Schultz
Leader Messenger Press
April 19, 2016

The Golden Grove Little Athletics Club has thrown its support behind a push to transform a former landfill site into a multi-use sports complex. Picture: Tait Schmaal.

THE northeast’s biggest little athletics club has thrown its support behind a push to create a new multi-sport centre in St Agnes, saying it could become the premier athletics hub of the north.

Golden Grove Little Athletics Club president Owen Gillingham said the Surrey Downs-based stable was keen to find a new base for its 230 members and the proposed multi-sport complex would help grow the sport.

He has also renewed calls for SA to have a second Olympic-standard synthetic running track, outside of SA Athletics Stadium at Mile End, and said St Agnes was a good location.

“There’s a lot of local athletes that travel weekly to (Mile End) so it would give them a closer venue to train at,” Mr Gillingham said.

“It would (also) give the northern region somewhere to hold their combined events (and) it would benefit all the schools in the area for their athletics events.”

Tea Tree Gully Council has given in-principle support for the creation of a multi-use sports complex on more than 8ha of land at a former landfill site on Smart Rd.

The site is owned by Land SA, which is a subsidiary of the Pickard Group, but the council will consider allocating $70,000 in its draft 2016/16 budget for a feasibility study into the proposal.

Surrey Downs-based Golden Grove Central District Baseball Club is also keen to call the proposed hub home as it battles to cater for demand at Illyarrie Reserve.

In 2011, Athletics SA released a “facilities” masterplan, which identified the need for a second synthetic running track, most suitably in Adelaide’s northern and southern suburbs.

Mr Gilligham said his club, which shares its base at Tilley Reserve with Tea Tree Gully Soccer Club, was keen to collaborate on any sporting hub project in the district.

“The winter sports tend to chop the ground up a little bit and then we have a rough or uneven surface to try to run on,” Mr Gillingham said.

“We’d be extremely interested in collaborating with the council and even other athletics clubs in the area to use a facility like that.

“If there was a permanent athletics track it could be used all year round.”

Athletics SA chief executive Adam Bishop has backed the club’s calls and said a new track was needed to cater for growing numbers in the sport.

Mr Bishop said membership numbers have increased threefold in the past 30 years and participation rates in Little Athletics was increasing.

“It is certainly something that needs to be addressed and we definitely need to look at how to do it as we do have challenges with scheduling meets around Adelaide as it is,” Mr Bishop told Leader Messenger.

“We’ll keep working hard on it … no doubt a second track would need funding from not only local government and state government but probably federal money as well.

“It would be very nice to have a second track so that people in the outer suburbs can train at the highest level and not have to come in to Mile End.

“Our (participation) numbers are the highest they’ve been in three decades.”

SA Athletics Stadium at Mile End received a $2.4 million upgrade in 2011 and the State Government has since pledged a further $1 million to upgrade spectator facilities at the track.

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One North & one South would be fantastic, giving us 3 with all the major 'stuff' @ Santos & maybe could alternate interclub competition between them! I believe there are close to 30 synthetic tracks throughout Victoria & some are used by VAL. That would be something different to have a 'pro' meet on a synthetic track.


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I am being told that the biggest winners of the Sporting Complex will be Baseball and maybe Soccer.
Dont go holding your breath for a tartan track , you will go blue in the face.No

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