LONDON Olympic 4x400m team member Ben Offereins will be running in the $10,000 Peel Health Campus (PHC) 120m Peel Gift to be held at Bendigo Bank Stadium on January 5 next year.
Sanctioned by WA Athletics the event will also feature the 550m Peel Health Campus Classic, Australia’s richest 550m race with $3000 to the winner.
2012 WA State Open 800m champion and AFL boundary umpire Jace Collingridge will contest in this event.
The event is made possible by funding through the PHC Community Fund and the Peel Thunder Football Club.
The City of Mandurah has also contributed funding for the event.
Offereins grew up running for the Rockingham Little Athletics Club and ran in a 2010 Commonwealth Games 4x400m heat.
The eventual final was won by the Australians without Offereins, but he received a gold medal for his efforts in the heat.
West Coast Athletics League (WCAL) chairman Paul Edmiston said the event was a “huge bonus” for WA athletics.
“With a Premier Gift race in WA absent from the athletics calendar for almost a decade, the Peel Health Campus Peel Gift and Classic is now the major professional event in Western Australia giving our local athletes a major goal in the WA Athletics season calendar,” he said.
Mr Edminston said the timing of the race could not be more appropriate with a new WCAL board formed earlier this year to promote the professional side of athletics.
The Peel Health Campus Peel Gift will be a headline event on the WA Pro calendar.
“We look forward to expanding the Peel Health Campus Peel Gift into Australia’s Premier Professional footrace carnival,” Edmiston said.
Event organiser Peel Thunder Football Club chief executive Russ Clark thanked PHC for the support of the initiative.
“The Peel Health Campus Board were very positive in their support of this community event from the start,” Clark said.
“The event is based at encouraging a healthy lifestyle of exercise, athletics, outdoor activities and family entertainment and is something both Peel Health Campus and Peel Thunder have a strong connection to.”
There will be a free bouncy castle, face painting, a footballer’s race and a mascot race to keep families entertained throughout the afternoon.
The community event has already attracted some of the best sprinters and 550m runners in Australia with the names growing by the day including 2012 Queanbeyan Gift winner Dean Scarff.
Scarff will join Offereins in the main 120m race for the $10,000 prize.
Also entering the competition is local Mandurah resident Brett Blanco – Master’s Record holder in 60m, 100m and 200m, Dylan Panizza – 2011/12 Sprint Athlete of the Year, Tenneille Trigwell –2011/12 Female Athlete of the Year, Adam Moore – $3000 Mullewa Gift 2011 winner, Cole Unasa, Alex Glorie, Chad Perris, Aldis Jaunzems and Sophie Watts.
A full form guide with heat draws will also be released in the week leading up to the race.
Gates will open at 2pm at Bendigo Bank Stadium with a gold coin donation entry fee.
For more information and times go to wcal南京夜网.au or peelthunder南京夜网.au
Former Rockingham local Ben Offereins will take part in January’s $10,000 Peel Health Campus (PHC) 120m Peel Gift. Picture by Getty Images.
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