Athletics Fiji (AF) will be looking to officially kick off their season with the highly anticipated Shop N Save Athletics Fiji Grand Prix Series.
The initiative came to fruition in 2016 in a bid to regain athletics dominance in the region and lure out potential and prospective athletes around Fiji with monetary incentives.
“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.
To qualify for the cash prizes an athlete/participant must:
- Compete in all 3 rounds of the series and
- Compete ONLY in the open grade
The grand prix events to be contested include; 100m, 400m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put. The performances of all participants are given corresponding IAAF scoring points throughout the 3 competitions, the points are tallied up at the end and the top 5 in each event are awarded with cash prizes per event;
- 1st – $200
- 2nd – $150
- 3rd – $100
- 4th – $50 and
- 5th – $25
The first series is scheduled for this Saturday 10th February at the ANZ Stadium Suva from 2pm-5pm; the second series is scheduled for the 17th February at Churchill Park, Lautoka from 11am-3pm and the 3rd and final series will be held on the 24th February at the ANZ Stadium Suva from 2pm-5pm.
AF Club Representative, Calvin Yee also stated that the Grand Prix Series will be used as qualifying for the Melanesian Championships to be held in Vanuatu in May and the Youth Olympic Games.
Gate entry fee is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
Click here for competition program.
Story by Eugene Vollmer