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North & South in running for second (& third) SA synthetic track

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http://city-north-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/enfield-and-gepps-cross-in-the-running-for-athletics-complex/



FINAL HURDLE: Coach Kym Miller (front, with athletes
Harrison, Jade, Cecilia and Leo) says Enfield is the ideal
place for an athletics hub.


Enfield and Gepps Cross in the running for athletics complex

by BRITTANY DUPREE
City North Messenger
1 Feb 2011


ENFIELD or Gepps Cross could be home to a new major athletics complex.

Enfield Harriers Amateur Athletic Club and the State Sports Park at Gepps Cross are both being considered for the complex, as part of an Athletics SA master plan.

Athletics SA Executive Director Adam Bishop said the plan, due in July, would look at a number of different sites in the inner-north and northern suburbs.

It comes in the wake of a redevelopment of Santos Stadium, SA’s only synthetic athletics track, which has sparked a 30 per cent drop in members, a $25,000 loss for 2010-11 and highlighted the need for a back-up venue.

“The master plan could find 10 suitable sites that will then be ranked on suitability and variability,” Mr Bishop said.

“The next step will be working with local government to secure high-end funding.”

But Enfield Harriers Athletics Club coach Kym Miller said the club was the only choice Adelaide had after Santos Stadium.

“We have been holding all the interclub competitions while Santos Stadium is being redeveloped,” Mr Miller said.

“We have new clubrooms we put in four years ago at a cost of $900,000, which has made us the best athletics gym in the state.”

Office for Recreation and Sport executive director Paul Anderson supported the State Sports Park being considered as the site.

But Mr Miller said it “would need a lot of developing” whereas Enfield was “already marked out and prepared”.

“They would just have to drop in the surface because all events are already catered for,” he said.



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http://weekly-times-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/theyll-be-back/


Optimistic ... Adam Bishop from Athletics SA at Santos Stadium.

Athletes expected to race back to Santos
by Michelle Etheridge
Weekly Times Messenger
26 Jan 2011


ATHLETICS SA has lost about 30 per cent of its members this year, but expects those athletes and more to return to the organisation when a $2.5m upgrade of Santos Stadium is completed.

The works at the Mile End venue, which include an overhaul of the main track’s surface, new long jump and triple jump tracks and upgraded in-field phone and computer systems, are due to be finished by the end of February.

Athletics SA CEO Adam Bishop said member numbers had dipped by about 30 per cent this season, largely due to the works at its track, which began in October. This has forced the organisation to hold meets on the grass at St Albans Reserve, Clearview.

About 500 members have signed up for 2010-11, down from about 750 last season.

“We’ve budgeted for a loss of about $30,000 this year,” Mr Bishop said.

“We knew early on that it was going to impact us financially and that we’d have to take a hit this year.”

Mr Bishop said throughout the past few years the organisation had returned an average surplus of about $25-$30,000.

“We hope the new track will encourage people to come back before the end of the season (in April) and, if not, the new facility will definitely boost our member numbers (next season),” he said.

He said in the meantime many members had turned to the SA Athletics League (SAAL) to take part in events such as the Bay Sheffield. SAAL president Brendan Golden was last week unavailable for an interview.

Mr Bishop said the old track, which had not been replaced since 1998, was hard and contained lumps in its surface.

Office for Recreation and Sport executive director Paul Anderson said the stadium would be re-opened in March.

Flinders Athletics Club member Rob Killmier said the absence of a tartan track in Adelaide inspired him to travel to Melbourne in December to take part in Zatopek:10 - the country’s premier distance event.

He has also competed in every SA Athletics League event this season and is looking forward to the Santos track’s completion at the end of next month.

“Hopefully it will encourage more people to come out and run because the quality of the track has been pretty average for a number of years now,” he said.

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3 new northern track on Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:54 pm

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A suggestion I made many months ago, the track should have been laid as part of the super school development in conjunction with the other sports facilities just at the bottom of the hill in Gepps Cross. Enfield is no where near big enough for the parking requirements. If the sport/athletics is to develop with a higher participation rate then Gepps Cross is perfect. Enfield would likely get rejected by the residents anyway. The track couldn't just be laid on the Enfield site without having it leveled first (I'm sure they know that tho).

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I know it's nearly two months old, but I only happened upon this article today. Would be fantastic if an athletic track could happen in Noarlunga - plenty of space near the South Adelaide Football Ground for it.

http://southern-times-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/south-in-running-for-athletics-site/


KEEN: Erin, 15, Natasha, 15, Casey, 15, coach Jason
Stevens and Calvin, 14, are among those who hope
the southern suburbs may get a new athletics
complex as part of Athletics SA's master plan.
Pic: Stephen Laffer.


South in running for athletics site
by Brittany Dupree
Southern Messenger
8 Feb 11


NOARLUNGA Downs or Christies Beach could be home to a new major athletics complex.

A proposed sports park on Goldsmith Drive, near Cardijn College, and vacant land in Christies Beach are both being considered for the complex, as part of an Athletics SA master plan.

Athletics SA Executive Director Adam Bishop said the plan, due in July, would look at a number of different sites in the southern suburbs.

It comes in the wake of a redevelopment of Santos Stadium, SA’s only synthetic athletics track, which has sparked a 30 per cent drop in members, a $25,000 loss for 2010-11 and highlighted the need for a back-up venue.

“The master plan could find 10 suitable sites that will then be ranked on suitability and variability,” Mr Bishop said.

“The next step will be working with local government to secure high-end funding.”

Southern Athletics Club coach Jason Stevens said an athletics complex in the south was sorely needed.

“We struggle to get athletes to move from little athletics to the senior level because the only track is in the city,” Mr Stevens said.

“Parents aren’t always willing to drive their kids an hour to reach the competition.”

Onkaparinga’s planning and policy committee last week gave in-principle support to preliminary concept plans for the mixed use sports complex in Noarlunga Downs.

The sports hub, which would include new courts, pitches and three ovals, has been backed by the South Adelaide Football Club, Noarlunga Little Athletics and the college.

Office for Recreation and Sport executive director Paul Anderson supported the State Sports Park being considered at the site.

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http://east-torrens-messenger.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/masterplan-gives-hop-of-more-synthetic-tracks/

Masterplan gives hope of more synthetic tracks
by Kym Morgan
East Torrens Messenger
18 May 11


IDENTIFYING suitable venues for synthetic athletics tracks in Adelaide’s north and south will be a key component of a “facilites” masterplan for SA athletics.

Athletics SA CEO Adam Bishop last week announced Torrensville-based consulting firm Tredwell Management Services would prepare the masterplan, which would focus on athletics infrastructure needs across the state.

The plan, which will be released in August, is expected to identify a major need for more synthtic tracks in SA, particularly in the growing north and southern suburbs.

Santos Stadium, Mile End, is currently the only synthetic track in SA compared to Victoria, where there are more than 20 tracks.

When the stadium closed for renovations last summer, the state’s major amateur athletics meetings had to be held on a grass track at Enfield, prompting a more than 20 per cent drop off in Athletics SA’s registrations.

Bishop expected registration numbers to recover now that the Santos Stadium had re-opened but said the lack of a track north and south of the city was holding the sport back.

“At the moment we see one of the barriers to participation in the northern suburbs and in down south is the lack of facilities, and, in particular, the lack of synthetic track,” Bishop said.

“This masterplan will give us some clarity and some statistical information on where exactly the needs lie.”

Bishop said the masterplan, which will be funded through a $30,000 State Government grant, would also assess athletics’ “grassroots” facilities such little athletics centres.

In addition, the blueprint will examine the future needs for Santos Stadium, which, despite a recent $2.4 million track upgrade, is ineligible to host major athletics meetings because its warm-up and changerooms facilities are not up to scratch.

Athletics SA president Tony Keynes told Messenger Community News in March that to host major meetings, the stadium would need a synthetic warm-up track. Athletics SA estimated the upgrade would cost $8-10 million.

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