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Change Of Course For 26th Canberra MarathonSee Press Release
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Australia Won't Bid For 2005 World ChampionshipsAustralia is almost certain not to bid for the 2005 world athletics championships following indications from the sport's world governing body that it wants the event held in Europe. The championships were due to be held in London but the British government ditched plans for a new athletics stadium in north-east London and the IAAF re-opened bidding late last month.
Australia was expected to bid, but Athletics Australia chief executive Simon Allatson has virtually ruled it out.
"It's unlikely. The issue is whether the bid would receive fair and equitable attention from those considering it," Allatson said."There are just too many doubts."
Perth is likely to be Australia's candidate to bid for the 2007 World Championships and there were suggestions the city could fast-track its bid to 2005. But Allatson said Athletics Australia didn't want to risk spending money on a bid that may not be seriously considered.
IAAF president Lamine Diack said last month he would prefer another European city to host the championships. Rome is the front-runner, with Barcelona, Madrid, Stuttgart and Berlin also interested. The deadline for would-be bidders is the end of February, with the IAAF likely to make its decision by July.
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Athletes Set To Fire In New Telstra A-SeriesAthletics Australia and principal sponsor Telstra launched on 11th December a new and sizzling national athletics competition in 2002, the Telstra A-Series - Supercharged Athletics!
World champion Dmitri Markov, Olympic medallists Tatiana Grigorieva and Tim Forsyth, World Championships bronze medallist Bronwyn Eagles, World Youth 1500m champion Georgie Clarke, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lauren Hewitt, Australia's fastest amputee sprinter Tim Matthews and world record holder (110m hurdles) Colin Jackson from Wales were an all-star cast at the launch.
Australia's athletes will chase Commonwealth Games qualifying performances during this intense two-month period of competition which starts on Friday 8 February with the Telstra A-Series in Canberra and culminates with the Telstra A-Championships in Brisbane from 11-14 April.
A national series organised by Athletics Australia has been held since 1989, but this year has been revitalised with a new name set to become synonymous with Australian athletics and a unique awards and prizemoney structure.
The 2002 Telstra A-Series includes:
February 8 Telstra A-Series > Canberra ACT (AIS Athletic Track)
February 10 Telstra A-Series > Campbelltown NSW (Campbelltown Athletic Centre)
February 23 Telstra A-Series > Newcastle NSW (North Power Hunter Sports Centre)
March 7 Telstra A-Series > Melbourne VIC (Olympic Park)
March 9 Telstra A-Series > Hobart TAS (Domain Athletic Centre)
March 16 Telstra A-Series > Perth WA (Perry Lakes Stadium)
March 23 Telstra A-Series > Adelaide SA (Santos Stadium)
April 11-14 Telstra A-Championships > Brisbane QLD (ANZ Stadium)
Built around the theme of heat and fire, the Telstra A-Series will maintain the over-riding aim to provide Australia's athletes with international standard competition as they pursue personal bests, records and national representation.
The Telstra A-Series will offer a complete athletic entertainment package with exciting clashes across all disciplines showcasing speed, strength, agility, skill, power and endurance.
Set to compete are Australia's leading able-body athletes and athletes with a disability including world pole vault champion Dmitri Markov, Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman, Olympic silver medallists Tatiana Grigorieva and Jai Taurima, World Championships hammer throw bronze medallist Bronwyn Eagles, Paralympic star Louise Sauvage, Australia's fastest amputee sprinter Tim Matthews, plus rising stars Georgie Clarke, Craig Mottram, Melissa Rollison and Shermin Oksuz.
More than $240,000 will be awarded in prizemoney in a revamped system with five major categories:
Telstra Male and Female Athletes of the Season ($10,000 each to winners)
Telstra Male and Female Athletes with a Disability of the Season ($3,000 each to winners)
Event Group Winners ($12,000 each to winners)
AWD Event Group Winners ($1,000 each to winners)
Walk Event Winners ($5,000 to winners)
Chief Financial Officer of Telstra David Moffatt said Telstra was delighted to continue its principal sponsorship of Athletic Australia with the Telstra A-Series, as part of Telstra's commitment to the community, to health and fitness, and to the development of athletics in Australia.
Chief Executive Officer of Athletics Australia Simon Allatson said an aim of the re-brand was to give the national series a distinct identity that will become synonymous with Australian athletics.
"The letter 'A' encapsulates Australia, Athletics, action, adrenalin, activity, agility and high levels of performance, while fire is symbolic of athletes 'burning up the track', 'firing in the field' and 'turning up the heat'.
"It is all part of the evolution in Australian athletics to provide the best possible competition opportunities for our athletes while presenting the sport as an attractive entertainment package to the mass audience."
Athletics Australia acknowledges the support of its principal sponsor Telstra, sponsors New Balance, IGA, Accor, TNT, Qantas and the Australian Sports Commission, and also the involvement in the Season Launch and the Telstra A-Series of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB). As part of the crowd and entertainment package in Melbourne, the MFB will be conducting interactive sessions relating to fire safety..
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"See Australia Run" from Perth to SydneySee this article for more: Donnie Maclurcan prepares to leave on his "See Australia Run" from Perth to Sydney
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2002 World Junior ChampionshipsThe World Junior Championships are from 16 - 21 July 2002 at Kingston, Jamaica. Selection Criteria and Qualifying Standards are at http://www.athletics.org.au/events/meets/selection.cfm?ObjectID=249 and the current list of qualifiers is at http://www.athletics.org.au/events/meets/teams.cfm?ObjectID=249. The qualifying period commences 1st December 2001.
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Australians appointed to IAAF Technical PanelFollowing an extensive worldwide evaluation process of all eligible candidates, leading Australian officials, Reg Brandis (Queensland) and Peter Hamilton (NSW) have been appointed to the IAAF's Panel of International Technical Officials. ITO's from the now streamlined panel of just 41 members, are appointed to all major IAAF Championships and the Olympic Games to oversee the events, similar to the role of referees in other sports.
The two new appointees join ongoing panel member, Brian Roe (Tasmania). Australia is one of only five countries which has the maximum number of three members, indicating our leading role in world officiating in athletics.Recognition is made on his retirement from the Panel of Australia's longest serving ITO, Denis Wilson (ACT). After 15 years of outstanding commitment and contribution, Denis stood aside to give other Australian officials the opportunity to seek appointment.
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2001 Jones Lang LaSalle Challenge to be screened on TVThe Jones Lang LaSalle Challenge is a two day event : 231km kayak, bike, and run through some of the most spectacular scenery in the State, from Mount Buller in the Victorian Alps to the centre of Melbourne. The 2001 race will have a half hour feature screened on Channel TEN, Sunday 9 December at 3pm. There will also be a segment on SBS World Sports at 7pm "soon".
Provisional results from 2001 were posted on the race website www.challengeevents.com.au last Monday and the Final results along with pictures will be post by Tuesday 4 December.
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