Take your marks: Get set for track and field at the Outgames
“This is the first time Athletics has been involved with the Outgames. It’s only the third Outgames as well – so we’re not too late to the party,” says Hannah West from Athletics Northern Territory.
Having inherited the project when she started with Athletics Northern Territory, West is excited to see the track and field events come to fruition as part of the games. “A year later here we are finally and it’s Outgames week.”
With around thirty competitors competing for gold across a range of sports, ranging from track events such as the 100m, 400m and 1500m to javelin and discus and shotput, West is expecting a great competition.
“The largest events are the 1500 and 3000m which is as expected, since we have the outrun on Thursday which is also that long distance as well."
While a few athletes have complained about the climate, West laughingly suggests “If you think it’s hot now, you should’ve been here a month ago". While she describes the conditions as a little “wet season” she’s interested to see how the interstate competitors will fare.
“We’ll see how they go. Some of the competitors have been partying pretty hard, so they might be a bit dusty.”
She expects a few of the local competitors from Athletics Northern Territory to put on a good show.
“Some have come in as far as Katherine to compete tonight and we have some NT competitors as well – we have Kellie Roses who is the national champion in the 30-34 age group from Australian Masters Championships. So small fields, but definitely quality fields.”
Whilst West occasionally competes, she says when it comes to the Outgames she’s learned her lesson – “You either facilitate or participate – and this time I’m facilitating. I’m really excited for the track and field and also for Thursday.
Her best advice for those planning on tackling the 3km run on Thursday. Keep hydrated in this territory weather – especially if they’re partying hard at night as well.