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Big field enters Bunbury Geographe Gift

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
WesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift event coordinator Jo O’Dea prepares to oversee a sprint between Rikki Hubber and Xavier Green from Intersport Bunbury.
Camera IconWesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift event coordinator Jo O’Dea prepares to oversee a sprint between Rikki Hubber and Xavier Green from Intersport Bunbury. Credit: Justin Fris / South Western Times

Days out from the 2019 WesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift, event coordinator Jo O’Dea has been blown away by the region’s response to the event.

“Overall entries for this year’s event are up by 45 per cent — which is really impressive,” Ms O’Dea said.

“In addition, our junior numbers have also spiked significantly which is a really good sign for future years.

“We will also have athletes and their entourages from all over the country.”

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After last year’s inaugural event, several big name athletes have confirmed their availability for the showpiece athletic event.

An intriguing battle looms in the women’s 120m sprint — a handicap event — with 2018 Commonwealth Games representative Celeste Mucci pitting herself against reigning champion Kiara Reddingius.

Mile enthusiasts will also be treated to an athletic master class, with both Ryan Gregson and Sarah Billings set to compete for line honours in their respective races.

The Gift is modelled on Victoria’s hallmark Stawell Gift — with distances of 70m, 120m, 400m and the mile offered in both men’s and women’s categories.

Ms O’Dea confirmed admission would be free across both days in a bid to increase community engagement.

“Sunday is the main finals day, with these events held between 12pm to 5pm,” she said. “But on Saturday before lunch, representatives from all football clubs will compete in a sprint.

“The winning club will receive $1000 and it is always a lot of fun.”

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