18 January 2012
A Competitive Edge at the Sydney Track Classic
Fans will have the opportunity to compete in a celebrity relay and take to the track the same evening that some of the world's best athletes compete, on February 18 at the Sydney Track Classic.
Hayden Knowles, managing director of Competitive Edge, is leading the charge to find the celebrities to captain the relay teams and his company will also work with Athletics Australia to ensure the Sydney Track Classic is a meet not tobe missed at Sydney Olympic Park.
Knowles brought the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, to Sydney in 2010 to compete in a celebrity relay and has been involved in the ever-popular Gatorade Bolt's Fastest Man in Football.
He said: "We enjoyed great support from the President and CEO of Athletics Australia when holding the All Stars meet where our mission was to inspire and entertain.
"Continuing on that mission what better way to be inspired than in an Olympic year at Sydney Olympic Park, 12 years after the likes of Dani Samuels and Fabrice Lapierre had an Olympic dream here in their own city watching the likes of Cathy Freeman, Jai Taurima and Matt Shirvington, amongst others, represent Australia with pride.
"After this meet there will be kids who realise they could be an Olympian one day and chase their dream the same way the likes of Dani Samuels, Mitchell Watt, Sally Pearson, Steve Hooker have done and athletes like local Sydney sider Hayley Butler are chasing on the night itself.
"The celebrity relay will be something special, fans in the lead up will win opportunities to step on the track, they will experience a priceless opportunity to join some of the highest profile fan friendly celebrities in Australia.
"The night will be special, it will be fun, it will also be a chance for Sydney to get behind Australia's best athletes before London and see a very opportunity to see some of the best athletes in the world in their own town."
Dallas O'Brien, Chief Executive of Athletics Australia, added: "We are looking forward to working with Hayden and his company. He has a group of outstanding athletes within the All Stars, all of whom will have an undoubted impact on the Sydney Track Classic.
"Celebrity relays are always fan favourites and I am sure Hayden will deliver some great names and consequently an entertaining concept.
"Hayden is correct to acknowledge that next year is an opportunity for our athletes to inspire future generations, and what better way than to see them in the flesh in Sydney, before they head to London."
Tickets for the Sydney Track Classic on 18 February are available now at sydneytrackclassic.com <http://www.sydneytrackclassic.com> .
For more information on the Australian Athletics Tour please go to www.athletics.com.au