Port Augusta will host 100 athletes and their families from the state’s Far North and Eyre Peninsula from Friday February 24 to Saturday February 25, as part of the Gulf and Ranges Optometrists Eyre Peninsula Regional Games.
Athletes from Port Augusta, Roxby Downs, Whyalla, Wudinna, Ceduna and Port Lincoln Little Athletics Centres will compete for medals and trophies over two days at Central Oval and Braddock Oval.
Contested events will be 60m, 70m, 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 500m, 700m, 800m and 1500m runs, race walks, hurdles, as well as field events of long jump, triple jump, javelin, shot put, discus and high jump.
Competition will begin at 12pm on Friday with final events starting at 3.30pm.
Competition will resume at 10.30am Saturday and is expected to finish at 2pm. Entry is free across the two days.
Port Augusta Little Athletics President Shane Packard urged members of the local community to come along and support all athletes competing over the weekend.
“This is the highest level of competition locally for little athletics and there will certainly be some talented children competing in the event,” he said.
“Some will go on to compete at the State Individual Championships in a couple of weeks and as a club and a region – we have brought home gold, silver and bronze medals in the past.”
Mr Packard said the event would bring valuable tourist dollars to the town in accommodation and dining areas as well as retail.
Mayor Sam Johnson will open the event with Kriston Thompson providing an Acknowledgement of Country during an Opening Ceremony at 10.30am.
Mr Packard thanked the major sponsors, Gulf and Ranges Optomestrists, Port Augusta City Council and Rotary Club of Port Augusta; without whom it would have been difficult to run this event at this location.