Melbourne On Track To Host Three Major National And International Athletics Meets

Melbourne On Track To Host Three Major National And International Athletics Meets

Victoria Minister for Sport & Recreation Hugh Delahunty

Major Funding Boost Puts Athletics Centre Stage

Victor P Taffa

Melbourne is on track to host three major national and international athletics meets thanks to a $290,000 funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program, Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty announced today.

Mr. Delahunty said the funding was a great win for Victorian athletics and would help boost the profile of the sport, nationally and internationally.

The funding for these events includes $50,000 for this week’s IAAF Melbourne Track Classic, and $240,000 towards the staging of the 2011 and 2012 Australian Athletics Championships and Selection Trials.

Mr. Delahunty said today’s announcement was part of the Government’s commitment to hosting national sporting events in Melbourne and regional Victoria, with regional events receiving a boost thanks to the Coalition’s election commitment to fund the famous Stawell Gift.

“The Stawell Gift has a more secure future thanks to our commitment to provide $600,000 over four years to assist in the marketing and staging of the event.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“Events like major athletics meets are a great opportunity to showcase Victoria’s fantastic sports facilities and talent to even more people around the world.”

“They also provide all Victorians with the opportunity to see the best of the best here in Victoria, providing inspiration to take up sport and lead more healthy and active lifestyles.” Mr. Delahunty said.

To be held at Melbourne Olympic Park on Thursday 4 March from 7 pm, the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic attracts the best athletes from Australia and around the world.