2017 Australian Athletics Championships set to realise Athletics’ One Sport vision

05 Aug 2016

2017 Australian Athletics Championships set to realise Athletics’ One Sport vision

More than 3500 track and field athletes of all ages will compete in the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, with the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre set to host the inaugural combined Junior and Open aged championships for able-bodied and para-athletes from 26 March to 2 April 2017.

Set to span an impressive eight days, the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships will be largest annual athletics event in Australia and the Oceania-Pacific region in terms of sporting endeavour, participation, whole of sport engagement and celebration.

NSW Minister for Sport the Honerable Stuart Ayres MP said this is the first time that the sport has combined the two most prestigious track and field events on the athletics calendar. “In another win for Sydney, the Sydney Olympic Park’s Athletic Centre will play host to a new week-long competition to be complemented by community participation events, conferences and forums, culminating in the Athletics in Australia Gala.

“Athletes competing will enjoy $2.3 million upgrade of Sydney Olympic Park’s Athletic Centre completed earlier this year which includes the installation of a new competition surface, a world-class digital videoboard and other upgrades to the centre’s facilities.

“This upgrade of Australia’s premier athletics venue is the largest undertaken since the Athletic Centre played host to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and ensures our future superstars have access to the best possible facilities.”

Athletics Australia Chief Executive Officer, Phil Jones said “The Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre has invested extensively in new facilities to ensure that as a location for athletics it remains the envy of the nation.

“This investment has allowed Athletics Australia to combine the Australian Junior Athletics Championships and the Australian Athletics Championships, with the coveted title of National Champion the prize for the more than 3500 participants expected to compete.

The 2017 Australian Athletics Championships in their new format has been made possible thanks to the continued support of Destination NSW and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, with these two valued stakeholders most recently playing host to this year’s Australian Athletics Championships.

About the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships

The 2017 Australian Athletics Championships will become a true festival of Athletics encompassing:

  • 8 days of world-class competition, functions, forums, conferences and community participation activities
  • 3500 athletes, Ages 12 to Open
  • More than 300 officials
  • Up to 200 coaches
  • Thousands of visiting fans, delegates and athletics stakeholders
  • Australian and international media coverage
  • Selection Trial for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships, the 2017 IPC World Championships and the 2017 IAAF World U18 Athletics Championships.

More than a sporting event, the Athletics for a Week: Athletics for Life Festival will comprise many supporting events including (indicative):

  • 2017 Australian Athletics Championships (Junior and Open, able-bodied and para-athletes)
  • Athletics in Australia Gala encompassing the announcement of:
    • Australian Flame Team for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and the 2017 IPC World Championships
    • Australian Spark Team for the IAAF World U18 Athletics Championships
    • 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards
  • Kids' and Youth Athletics Participation Programs
  • Community participation programs and events including recreational running
  • Athletics Australia Coaching Conference
  • Athletics Officials Seminars
  • Athletics Australia Board Meeting
  • Member Associations Conference.

The 2016/17 Australian Summer Athletics Season

 

The 2017 Australian Athletics Championships is the culmination of the 2016/17 Australian Summer Athletics Season, listed here:

2016/17 Australian Summer Athletics Season: Calendar of Events


Date                                       

Event

Location


December


2 - 4 December              

2016 Australian  All Schools Athletics Championships

Canberra, ACT


5 December                      

2016 Australian Schools Knockout Championships

Canberra, ACT


8 December                      

Zatopek:10 featuring the Australian 10,000m Championships

Melbourne, VIC


11 December                      

Australian 50km Race Walking Championships

Melbourne, VIC


January


29 January                      

Australian IAAF World Cross Country Trials

Canberra, ACT


February




1-12 February 
Subject to Confirmation

NEW - Nitro Athletics

TBC


18 -19 February              

Senior State Championships



19 February                      

2017 Australian 20km Race Walking Championships

Adelaide, SA


25 - 26 February          

Senior State Championships



March


4 - 5 March                     

Senior State Championships



11-12 March                 

IAAF World Challenge Australia
 State Championships

TBC


17-19 March                 

Little Athletics State Championships

Nationally

(expect TAS -11-12 MAR)


26 March - 2 April         

2017 Australian Athletics Championships (Junior and Open Track and Field)

Sydney Olympic Park, NSW


April


22 - 23 April                              

2017 ASICS Australian Little Athletics Championships

Sydney Olympic Park, NSW


June


9 -12 June

2017 Australian Masters Athletics Championships

Darwin, NT


Date and Location for the 2017 Australian Junior Combined-Event Championships are yet to be confirmed



The 2016/17 Australian Summer Athletics Season Calendar features an increased focus on State Championships in the build up to the Australian Athletics Championships in 2017 and leading into the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

All national level events for competitors at any age are represented in the 2016/17 Australian Summer Athletics Season calendar. 2017 will see for the first time Darwin host the Australian Masters Championship and the ASICS Australian Little Athletics Championships extended across two days.

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