Athletics complex gala day

25 August 2015

Alexandra Park Athletics Complex will host a gala day on Saturday 5 September, from 10am-2pm, so children and adults can test the revamped facilities and register to join aths clubs.

The track, in Cadell St, Albury, has received a $1M upgrade and now has a new IAAF Class track surface in line with international standards and a new throwing cage for discus, spot-put and hammer throw.

There will be a barbecue and lots of free activities for children, including face painting, colouring competitions and fun events such as egg and spoon and three-legged races, a gumboot throwing competition and other novelty events. There will be a fun run at 12.45pm for all ages, abilities and walkers.

There will also be demonstrations and coaching from professional athletes and local radio station Star FM will broadcast live.

The complex is home to two little athletics groups, Albury Little Athletics Club and Lavington/Jindera Little Athletics Club. It is also home to Albury Athletics Club (formerly Border Track and Field Club), which is for senior athletes.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack, who will officially open the track at 12.30pm, said Council was proud of the work that had been done to improve the athletics complex.

"I encourage anyone interested in getting their children involved in athletics to go and take a look because it is a great activity for kids," Cr Mack said.

Athletics Advisory Committee Chair Cr Daryl Betteridge said the revamped track has received an international accreditation of class two - the highest class possible without being attached to an Olympic or world championship training facility.

"This is a great facility for the community and I encourage everyone to go and have a look and enjoy the gala day on 5 September," Cr Betteridge said.

Albury Little Athletics president Brett Schofield said the gala day would be a chance to show off the new facility in a fun, community-focussed way.

"Ultimately, we want to inspire all kids to give little athletics a go and having the new facilities is a great platform for that. We encourage all kids of all ages and abilities to get down and get involved," he said.

"We have a focus on achieving personal bests, which is why the sport has always been so popular."