The ‘Red Track’ firing up Local Athletes
Townsville Sports Reserve, affectionately known as the ‘Red Track’, is fast becoming an athletic hub of success. The iconic track will play host to the largest Oceania Athletics Championships to date. The championships will see more than 700 athletes, 100 team officials, 120 technical officials and 22 Oceania Federations make Townsville their home in late June.
With direct qualification into the 2019 World Athletics Championships, and the most important meet within the region for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification, it sees many of the Oceania Area’s top athletes, including Olympic medallist’s Sally Pearson, Dane Bird-Smith and Eliza McCartney. Amongst the strong Aussie contingent are three local athletes donning the green and gold; Nash Lowis (Javelin), Jake Doran (100m and 200m) and Tori West (Heptathlete).
Nash Lowis (20), current World Under 20 Javelin champion, describes the opportunity “This is a rare chance to compete in an international team on home turf. Having my closest friends and family at the ground to watch me perform at my best is going to be a memorable moment,” says Nash.
Jake Doran (19), is proud to call Townsville home and credits the regional centre as his foundation for athletic success. “As well as our great training weather, Townsville offers athletes a strong support network which provides the social and emotional backing that is key to sporting success,” says Jake.
“When I step onto the track at the 2019 Oceania Championships, it is more than just the green and gold – I am representing my hometown…”
– Tori West
Coaches, regional sporting bodies, universities, media outlets, businesses and schools are the driving force behind the development and support of regional athletes to achieve their athletic goals. Tori West (23), is aiming for a hometown triumphant to cap off an impressive domestic season. “When I step onto the track at the 2019 Oceania Championships, it is more than just the green and gold – I am representing my hometown, my team (coach, therapists and mentors), my family, my faith and anyone who has believed in me,” says Tori.
Strong local support is the underpinning commonality amongst all three athletes. The Oceania Championships, proudly supported by Townsville Enterprise Limited, is a chance for North Queenslanders to strengthen their community involvement and to take the opportunity to see Olympic, World, Commonwealth and future champions in action.