Nitro Athletics has been described as a game changer and with your support, it will be. This is a new product and whilst some elements have been tried before, it will be the first time that all these have been brought together in this way. We certainly do not have a monopoly on good ideas and we don’t have all the answers. We are very open to your feedback and suggestions. – Athletics Australia CEO, Phil Jones
– England, Japan and China to enter teams
– Selection process for 12 men and 12 women to represent Australia to be announced soon
– Other Aussies may be selected in Usain Bolt’s team
– Victorian government funding the event to be based in Melbourne for first 3 years
Is access to Melbourne’s main athletics track in jeopardy again? South Melbourne FC have a 40 year lease to Lakeside Stadium and are bidding to join the A-League.
“From an audience perspective, athletics can be a challenging sport to watch because there are lots of events going on at once and lots of statistics, so we want to simplify it down to a team-based event with a running point score that will add excitement and context to every event.’’ – Athletics Australia President, Mark Arbib
The 2012 Olympic 100m hurdles champion ran 7.43 (+0.0) over 60m and was second behind 16-year-old Riley Day over 150m, 17.95 to 17.60 (+0.0).
Jordan Gusman clocked a meet record of 7:54.72 to take the win, with Victoria Mitchell winning the women’s race in 9:15.77.
From next season Little Athletics will use the calendar year to determine age groups, bringing it into line with Athletics Australia competition.
After a frantic few months where AA hired a team of consultants to try to find the cash to lure Bolt — he comes with a $1 million-plus price tag — a deal was finally signed off on the night before Friday’s official launch.
Nitro Athletics will not just feature traditional events – and will include a mix of power, endurance, technique and teamwork disciplines across sprints, distance, field and para-athletics events. Mixed events and relays will also feature in the Nitro program as team’s battle for points and the Nitro Athletics Melbourne crown.
Night one and the final of Nitro Athletics Melbourne will feature the same program with the Thursday night program offering a selection of alternative events.
Athletics Australia are scrambling to pull together the new Nitro series in time but securing Usain Bolt is the first and most important signing.