12 December 2013
A new athletics track finish-line facility at the University of the Sunshine Coast will mark the start of a new era in athletics tomorrow, Friday 13 December.
The state-of-the-art building at USC Sport’s international-standard athletics track will be officially opened at 5.30pm by Queensland Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson.
The building incorporates an Olympic-standard timing device to provide first-class precision electronic timing and video recording of all race participants.
USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon said the facility would benefit all community groups, clubs and competitors who used the athletics track and was likely to attract high-level professional athletes from throughout Queensland.
“In the lead-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games it should be very useful to athletes seeking to train and record official times,” he said.
“It will also transform how we run various sporting events including intervarsity, USC and resident athletics club track meets.”
The building is the result of a $100,000 Queensland Government grant received by the USC Athletics Club and USC Little Athletics Club.
USC Athletics Club president Bryce Phillips said the new building and equipment would streamline track meets, boosting both professionalism and efficiency.
“The timing device is accurate to 1000th of a second and is used in all Olympic events so we are very excited to have it installed at USC,” he said.
“We expect more than 10,000 athletes will benefit from the facilities over the next 12 months including local clubs, schools, semi and professional athletes.
“It puts USC on the map in terms of professional sports conduct and we are thrilled to be able to use these facilities and make them available to the public.”
— Jessica Halls