Big athletics relay meet to be held here

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Campbelltown Sports Stadium will host the NSW relay championships on November 21-22

The 2015 NSW Little Athletics State Relay Championships are coming south west on the weekend of November 21-22.

They will be held in the athletics centre of the Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

This is the largest event on the NSW Little Athletics Association’s calendar, in terms of competitor numbers and is arguably the largest athletics meeting in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 2015 championships are expected to attract about 2,000 participants and 4,000 spectators over the course of the weekend from across both metropolitan and country areas of NSW.

Relay Championships see teams of four participants undertaking track and field events.

On Saturday, November 21, it will be juniors (U8 to U11) who will compete with each other.

The senior competitors (U12 to U17) will hold their competitions on the Sunday (November 22).

This event is traditionally held at the facilities in Homebush, however due to the track being resurfaced it has been transferred to Campbelltown. Campbelltown Athletics Centre has successfully hosted this event before, in 2008.

A decision was made by Athletics NSW to also hold the Country Championship in Sydney to centralise the event for country competitors.

This championship will attract more than 500 athletes from country locations across NSW. Campbelltown previously hosted the event in 2009.

The Campbelltown Collegians Athletics Club has lobbied hard for both events to be held at Campbelltown and is heavily involved in staging the event.

The club, council and both NSW Little Athletics and Athletics NSW are working closely together to ensure the success of both events, according to a report tabled at  Campbelltown Council’s last meeting on Tuesday.

It is expected that the majority of athletes, officials and spectators will take up local accommodation and other local services throughout both weekends, the report said.

“This will contribute positively on the local economy through accommodation, travel, entertainment and hospitality spend.’’


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