Australia’s richest 1,600m running race will take place this weekend supported by a State Government grant of $10,000.
The grant will go towards the Leonora Golden Gift - an athletic carnival incorporating Australia's richest 1,600m race - which is also supported by a major community fair.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the well-known running race attracted athletes from across Australia.
“This is also a community weekend, so it’s a great opportunity for young local people to watch and interact with elite athletes and benefit from coaching and officiating experience,” Mr Waldron said.
The Leonora Golden Gift, which is celebrating its 10th year, gives the Northern Goldfields community the chance to actively participate in athletics clinics, a community fair and be a spectator at a National Athletics event, while providing visitors to the region an experience of the Australian outback.
“Event activities are promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle,” the Minister said.
“Before the race, and during the carnival, local people are being supported through training and being encouraged to be active.”
The grant to the Shire of Leonora comes from the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Country Sport Enrichment Scheme (CSES), which helps regional Western Australia experience, and conduct, major sporting events and sport development initiatives.
For the third year, Golden Gift has teamed up Eastern Goldfields Cycle Club to hold the Leonora Golden Wheels cycle race
In 2012-13, CSES has distributed almost $150,000 in grants
For more info on CSES funding - Department of Sport and Recreation on 9492 9700
Minister’s office - 6552 6100