Perth’s new world-class athletics track has been put to the test by some of the State’s top athletes.
Pole vaulters Elizabeth Parnov and Vicky Parnov from the WA Institute of Sport, joined Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron this morning as he unveiled the new Mondo track that has been laid at the WA Athletics Stadium.
“The striking marine blue Mondo track is a world-class athletics surface,” Mr Waldron said.
“Mondo was the surface of choice for the London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, providing the best surface for our environment and a world class training facility for all our WA track athletes,” he said.
“The top layer is rubber, the bottom layer consists of a honeycomb-shaped construction unique to Mondo. This track surface is chosen with a commitment to sustainability because it includes up to 42 per cent recycled materials and six per cent of renewable materials.”
The $692,000 project was completed on time and on budget. The WA Athletics Stadium has been closed since December 24 to install the new track and ensure it was ready for a busy year of activity.
“The 2014 Go for 2&5 Perth Track Classic is the opening event of the prestigious Australian Athletics Tour, which will be held on February 22 here at the WA Athletics Stadium,” the Minister said.
“The event will welcome a host of international superstars as well as our country's finest athletes including the likes of Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson, Olympic long jump silver medallist Mitchell Watt and world championship javelin silver medallist Kim Mickle. The track will provide an excellent venue for the 2016 World Masters Championships.”
VenuesWest is Western Australia’s provider of premier sports, recreation and entertainment venues and its portfolio includes the Perth Arena, nib Stadium, Challenge Stadium, Arena Joondalup, WA Athletics Stadium, WA Basketball Centre, Midvale Speeddome, Perth Motorplex, Champion Lakes Regatta Centre and the WA Rugby Centre, with the State Netball Centre and the Western Australian Institute of Sports High Performance Service Centre currently under construction
VenuesWest was recently named as the governance agency for the new Perth Stadium
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