Hep­tathlon cham­pi­ons ready to con­test Bun­bury Geographe Gift

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Justin Fris

Prepa­ra­tions for the 2019 WesTrac Bun­bury Geographe Gift are gain­ing mo­men­tum, on the back of a ma­jor coup.

Both Aus­tralian hep­tathlon cham­pion Ce­leste Mucci and reign­ing BGG women’s 120m cham­pion Kiara Red­dingius have com­mit­ted to the blue rib­bon 120m event over the March long week­end — which will add an­other chap­ter to their sto­ried ri­valry.

Last time the duo went head-to­head Mucci got the bet­ter of Red­dingius in the hep­tathlon event at the 2018 Aus­tralian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

Mucci pro­ceeded to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast and be­lieves the ver­sa­til­ity of be­ing a hep­tath­lete could hold her in good stead.

“For me, I un­der­stand what it means to train for dif­fer­ent events, so I be­lieve hep­tath­letes have the skills and knowl­edge to adapt to cer­tain races or events,” she said.

Red­dingius will have an ex­cel- lent op­por­tu­nity to learn more from Mucci up close, when she joins her train­ing team in Mel­bourne later this month.

The 2019 WesTrac Bun­bury Geographe Gift will be held on March 2 and 3 at the Recre­ation Ground, with a se­ries of races across mul- tiple dis­tances held along­side the head­line 120m fea­ture events.

BGG project man­ager Jo O’Dea told the Au­gusta Mar­garet River Times nom­i­na­tions for the event had been pos­i­tive and a raft of en­ter­tain­ment op­tions had been or­gan­ised to en­sure in­clu­sive­ness. “There has been a lot of ex­cite­ment around the event,” she said. “This year we have made sure it has been sched­uled strate­gi­cally in the mid­dle of the an­nual race pro­gram.

“We also are keen to place em­pha­sis on the other race dis­tances, along­side the two 120m fea­ture races.

“Hence it will be great to have Ce­leste, along with Kiara re­turn­ing.”

Ms O’Dea said she was hope­ful the en­ter­tain­ment and for­mat of races would be ap­peal­ing to all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and en­cour­aged any­one who may be in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing to regis­ter via the event web­site. “We are al­ways look­ing for ex­tra lo­cal peo­ple to help with vol­un­teer­ing,” she said. “The best way is to con­tact our vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor via our web­site — you can even select which role you would like to do.”

Ath­lete en­tries for the event close on Fe­bru­ary 9.

Pic­ture: Dan Mul­lan/Getty Im­ages

Ce­leste Mucci com­petes in the women's hep­tathlon high jump on day eight of the Gold Coast 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games. She will be in Bun­bury dur­ing the March long week­end to com­pete in the WesTrac Bun­bury Geographe Gift.

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