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Douglas Athletics Festival returns to Waitakere

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Douglas Track and Field will once again host the Douglas Waitakere Athletics Festival, incorporating the Auckland Track Challenge on Thursday 25 February.

The athletics extravaganza, featuring activities for school children, teenage athletes and elite athletes will all take place at the base of West Auckland athletes at The Trusts Arena.

Athletics New Zealand’s Get Set Go fundamental skills programme will be on display with hundreds of local West Auckland children taking part and local teenage athletes will be competing in events in the early evening part of the programme, which is proudly brought to you by The Trusts.

The conclusion of the day’s activities will see around 150 invited athletes from around New Zealand, including over 20 New Zealand international representatives, with five medallists from major international championships and a big group of Australia’s top athletes in action. The Auckland Track Challenge once again brings international athletics to West Auckland following last year’s very successful event. Tickets for the Auckland Track Challenge are available through Eventfinda.

The 2016 Track Challenge is of special significance as the Rio Olympic Games loom large on the horizon for the leading athletes from New Zealand and all over the world. Already, ten Kiwi athletes have achieved the standards for nomination to the New Zealand team at the Olympics and meetings like the Auckland Track Challenge offer fantastic opportunities for more athletes to make the Olympic team.

In many events the meeting will feel like a “Test Match” against Australia with hand-picked athletes invited to give the top New Zealanders some excellent competition.

A tally will be kept of the “wins” by each country to provide bragging rights and keep the athletes on their toes. The festival once again has the support of several significant commercial Partners including Waitakere business icon Douglas Pharmaceuticals and Auckland international sporting leader Les Mills gyms. Fittingly, both Sir Graeme Douglas and Les Mills were both athletes and competed in shot put, an event in which New Zealand is currently achieving significant international success.

The Trusts is on board to support the festival, CEO Simon Wickham saying, “The Trusts are delighted to be a major sponsor of the Douglas Waitakere Athletics Festival. We’re committed to Giving Back to the West Auckland community through events such as this where kids get to be active and have fun as well as see some of their sporting heroes up close here in their own backyard. It’s also a way of us supporting a plethora of sports and competitors alike, keeping high quality events like this local to assist with them achieving what they need to do to work towards or stay at the top of their game. It’s a fantastic event for family to come and watch and be a part of too.”

Action gets under way at the Auckland Track Challenge at Douglas Track & Field at 6.00pm on Thursday 25 February.