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Run For Cash In Grand Prix

Athletics Fiji (AF) will kick off their season with the highly anticipated Shop N Save Athletics Fiji Grand Prix Series. Initiated in 2016 in a bid to regain athletics dominance
08 Feb 2018 11:00
Run For Cash In Grand Prix
Tilak High School athletes at Churchill Park on February 7, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi.

Athletics Fiji (AF) will kick off their season with the highly anticipated Shop N Save Athletics Fiji Grand Prix Series.

Initiated in 2016 in a bid to regain athletics dominance in the region, Athletics Fiji aims to lure potential and prospective athletes around Fiji by providing monetary incentives.

The first series is scheduled for Saturday at the ANZ Stadium, Suva from 2pm-5pm.

The second series is scheduled for February 17 at Churchill Park, Lautoka from 11am-3pm and the third and final series on February 24 at the ANZ Stadium Suva from 2pm-5pm.

“AF is inviting everyone and anyone to participate. Whether you’re a rugby player, netball player, volleyball player, weightlifter, swimmer, marathon runner, boxer, cross-fitter, soccer player, former high school athletes, former reps or even if you’re just an avid fitness enthusiast looking for a challenge.” says AF digital media coordinator Eugene Vollmer.

Members of the Kacau House during the Tilak High School inter-house athletics competition on February 7, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi.

Members of the Kacau House during the Tilak High School inter-house athletics competition on February 7, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi.

To qualify for the cash prizes an athlete/participant must:

*Compete in all three rounds of the series and

*Compete ONLY in the open grade

The grand prix events to be contested include; 100metres, 400m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.

The performances of all participants are given corresponding IAAF scoring points throughout the three competitions, the points are tallied up at the end and the top 5 in each event are awarded with cash prizes per event;

1.1st – $200; 2nd – $150; 3rd – $100

4th – $50; 5th – $25.

AF club representative, Calvin Yee said the Grand Prix Series will be used as qualifying event for the Melanesian Championships to be held in Vanuatu in May and the Youth Olympic Games. Gate entry fee is $2 for adults and $1 for children.-Athletics Fiji

Edited by Osea Bola

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