Heptathlon champions ready to contest Bunbury Geographe Gift
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.
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.