Athletix Grand Prix Series brings life to SA Track and Field

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Track and field fans are in for a treat in 2018 as the country’s top athletes will do battle on home soil, following the announcement of the ASA & Stillwater Sports Athletix Grand Prix Series, December, in Johannesburg.

The competition will feature three Grand Prix Meetings in March, one month prior to the commonwealth games, in Gold Coast, in Australia. This will also provide local athletes great experience and confidence going into the games. For youth and junior athletes who does get invited it will be about making most of the opportunity at senior level.

The three-meet series will leave will fans off their seats throughout the 90 minutes of competition while athletes will also get rewarded for their efforts. A total prize incentive of R 1 365 000.00 is offered to athletes to produce outstanding performances.

The Grand Prix Series first stop will take place in Johannesburg, on Thursday, March 1, 2018 before moving up north to Tshwane, on Thursday, March 8, 2018. The final stop will be at Dal Josaphat Stadium, in Paarl, on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Some of the country’s top athletes such as the South African 110m hurdles record holder Antonio Alkana and silver medallist in the women’s 200m sprint event, at the African championships, in Durban, last year Alyssa Conley are expected to take part.

“This is a great initiative by ASA because athletes will compete against each other more often on national level. The Grand Prix Series is also good preparation ahead of the commonwealth games,” said Antonio.

Alyssa said this is a great platform for athletes to showcase their abilities against the best in track and field.

“If we have more competitions like this our athletes will perform better. Racing against top athletes always leads to great results and times. I will use this series to set a good bench mark for the 2018 season,” she said.

Meanwhile, Breyton Poole and Sokwakhana Zazini who are both world youth championships in their respective events (high jump and 400m hurdles), agreed by saying this will be a great opportunity for them ahead of the world junior championships, in Finland, in July 2018.

“The series will help youth and junior athletes get a taste of competition at a higher level should they get invited. For myself, just to gain more experience at senior level especially when it comes to those pressure situations,” said Breyton.

Sokwakhana said he hopes to be on the podium when taking part in the Grand Prix Series.

“It always helps to run against seniors because they will push you to run faster. I am hoping to make the most of it and make the final squad for Finland,” he said.

The Athletix Grand Prix Series will definitely be one of the highlights of the SA Track and Field season.

 

Written by Keagan Mitchell