Olympic champion Sally Pearson (Qld), long jump silver medallist Mitchell Watt (Qld) and their Australian Flame teammates headline an eight-stop National Athletics Series (NAS) roadshow this summer, with every Australian state set to welcome our best track and field charges.
Excitingly, the Melbourne Track Classic will again be one of fourteen events internationally to boast IAAF World Challenge status, while Hobart will welcome the best walkers from around the globe as a host city of an IAAF Race Walking Challenge event.
A bounty of Australian stars, and some of their outstanding international rivals, will also descend on Sydney (NSW), Perth (WA), Brisbane (Qld), Adelaide (SA) and Hobart (Tas). Newcastle (NSW) is set to again host the Hunter Track Classic.
The Adelaide Track Classic and Perth Track Classic will be held in conjunction with the Australian Junior Combined Event Championships and the Australian Junior Athletics Championships respectively, while Jared Tallent (Vic) will headline the race for an out-of-stadium national crown at the Australian 50km Race Walking Championships later thisyear.
Dallas O’Brien, Athletics Australia Chief Executive, said: “Athletics Australia and its Member Associations are confident the calendar will capitalise on the fantastic performances of the Australian Flame at the Olympic Games.
“Once again, it has international events such as the IAAF World Challenge and theIAAF Race Walking Challenge and as they have in the past, our best talent, such as Sally who arrived home this morning, is sure to face off with international stars such as world record holder David Rudisha and Olympic champion Valerie Adams.”
“Excitingly, we will also have events in every Australian state, ensuring a large number of the Australian public can enjoy world class athletics in their own backyard.”
Andrew Matthews, Athletics Australia Competitions Manager, added: “Together with a working group that included members of the Board of Directors and the High Performance Department, we have worked to develop a calendar that provides as many opportunities aspossible for athletes.
“Television coverage of major events will continue, and we have worked to tie events that have in the past stood alone with those that enjoy national attention to ensure that every event is provided with a chance to start in international standard surroundings.”
2012-2013 National Athletics Series:
30 Nov - 2 Dec 2012 Australian All Schools Championships - Hobart (Tas)
3 Dec 2012 Australian Schools Knockout Championships - Launceston (Tas)
8 Dec 2012 Zatopek:10 - Melbourne (Vic)
9 Dec 2012 Australian 50km Race Walking Championships - Melbourne (Vic)
20 Jan 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Selection Trial - Canberra (ACT)
2 Feb 2013 Hunter Track Classic - Newcastle (NSW)
16 Feb 2013 Adelaide Track Classic - Adelaide (SA)
16-17 Feb 2013 Aust. Junior Combined Event Championships -Adelaide (SA)
23 Feb 2013 Briggs Athletics Classic - Hobart (Tas)
24 Feb 2013 Oceania & Aust. 20km Race Walking Championships - Hobart (Tas)
9 Mar 2013 Sydney Track Classic - Sydney (NSW) (Australian Athletics Tour Meet)
12-17 Mar 2013 Australian Junior Athletics Championships - Perth (WA)
16 Mar 2013 Perth Track Classic - Perth (WA) (Australian Athletics Tour Meet)
23 Mar 2013 Queensland Track Classic - Brisbane (Qld)
6 Apr 2013 Melbourne Track Classic (IAAF World Challenge) - Melbourne (Vic) (Australian Athletics Tour Meet)
11-14 Apr 2013 91st Australian Athletics Championships & IAAF World Championships SelectionTrial - Sydney (NSW)
To read Athletics Australia’s previous announcement of dates for Australian championships, please click here.
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