Preparations on track for sprint event

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
WesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift coordinator Jo O’Dea and committee member Doug Wenn mark out the track for next year's event, while vice-chairman Dylan Panizza gets in some practice.
Camera IconWesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift coordinator Jo O’Dea and committee member Doug Wenn mark out the track for next year's event, while vice-chairman Dylan Panizza gets in some practice. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock / South Western Times

Preparations for next year’s inaugural WesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift are already under way, with organisers braving hot conditions to prepare the track on Sunday.

The Bunbury Recreation Ground will host next year’s event which is set to attract Australia’s elite athletes to chase a $78,000 prize pool on April 28 and 29.

Led by event coordinator Jo O’Dea, a team spent Sunday working out the logistics of the track.

“We wanted to work out what angle the 120m track would fit in the 400m round track,” she said.

“It is about just making sure we have all our ducks in a row when it comes to the track.”

Registrations for the event will open on January 8 and Ms O’Dea is confident of a big turnout.

“We are anticipating between the little athletics and seniors up to 500 (participants),” she said.

Ms O’Dea said there was a number of key goals the organisers of the event were trying to achieve.

“From the perspective of the Geographe region, we are looking to stimulate the economy and create an iconic event that the entire community can be a part of,” she said.

“We need to make sure we utilise a lot of our local suppliers and businesses.

“From an athletics point of view, this will be the only event of its kind in WA that is a professional handicap sprint run.

“There are similar events to this over east, but we are looking to fill a niche here in WA.”

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