The Greater Building Society is again supporting the Hunter’s premiere athletics meet by giving local kids a chance to show they are the fastest in the region.
The Hunter Track Classic will be held at the Glendale Sports Centre on January 30. It was launched this month by Newcastle wheelchair racer and paralympian Kurt Fearnley as well as Sydney hurdler Michelle Jenneke.
The event includes the Hunter Academy of Sport Fastest Kid’s race, supported by The Greater. These races are in their third year and are open to all children. You do not have to be a member of an Athletics Club to participate. There is an Under 8, Under 12 and Under 16 race. The event gives kids aged from 5 to 15 to a chance to run at a major meet in front of a big crowd.
The Greater will award the fastest boy and girl in each category with a $50 LifeSaver youth banking account. The top girl and boy in the Under 16 category will also score a Hunter Academy of Sport Scholarship.
The Greater’s support of the Hunter Track Classic is part of its broader support of Athletics NSW RunNSW series of community fun runs held in Sydney and regional NSW.
The Hunter Track Classic is the Athletics Australia season opener. It is expected to attract more than 250 elite Olympian, Commonwealth and national athletes as well as up and coming athletes. This year’s event is important for many athletes seeking qualifying times to make the Rio Olympic and Paralympic teams. Athletes already confirmed to take part include Novocastrian discus thrower and Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Olympian Benn Harradine, Olympic middle distance runners Ryan Gregson, Genevieve LaCaze, Kelly Hetherington, Melissa Duncan and Bridey Delaney as well as Liam Gander.
To find out more or to enter visit www.huntertrackclassic.com.au