Gift to at­tract na­tion’s fastest ath­letes

South Western Times - - News -

The WesTrac Bun­bury Geographe Gift is set to bring some of the coun­try’s fastest ath­letes to Bun­bury over the long week­end in March 2019, in­clud­ing dual Olympians Ryan Greg­son and Genevieve Greg­son.

The star cou­ple will head­line the Mile races, where $5000 is on of­fer to the first across the line in both the men’s and women’s event, thanks to South West op­er­a­tions man­ager Glenn Gibson, from Qube Ports & Bulk.

En­tries are now of­fi­cially open for all ath­letes, who will com­pete for a share in the $78,000 prize pool.

Mod­elled on the fa­mous Stawell Gift, the Bun­bury event will fea­ture the head­line men’s and women’s 120m, races over 70m, 400m and the Mile, with Lit­tle Ath­let­ics and Mas­ters events also re­turn­ing to the pro­gram.

Gift vice-chair­man and ath­lete li­ai­son Dy­lan Panizza said the com­mit­tee had worked year-round to at­tract high pro­file ath­letes.

“It is not just fan­tas­tic for our event but for ath­let­ics in the South West, be­cause we will have young ath­letes com­ing in and be­ing in­spired by the per­for­mances th­ese guys put on,” he said.

He said the hand­i­cap in the main event would give av­er­age ath­letes a chance to beat the pro­fes­sion­als.

“They might work re­ally hard to im­prove them­selves and beat a Ryan or Genevieve Greg­son on the day and have that on their wall for the rest of their lives as an achieve­ment,” he said.

En­ter at www.bun­bury­geographegift.com.au.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Bun­bury Geographe Gift vice-chair­man and ath­lete li­ai­son Dy­lanPanizza wel­comes new spon­sor­ship from Qube Ports and Bulk South West op­er­a­tions man­ager Glenn Gibson with Gift Chair­man Tom Dil­lon.

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