Lismore secures Multis

By STEVE SPINKS

LISMORE Little Athletics Club will host the prestigious 2009 NSW Multi-Championships which will not only bring more than 4000 people into the town but also help improve the facilities at Riverview Park.

In a first for the Northern Rivers, the progressive Lismore club will host the championships in the first week of March.

"It's a combined event, meaning each age group has a set number of events ... like a pentathlon or decathlon," Lismore Little Athletics club president Laurie McLeod said.

"The number of events vary through the age groups from five to seven."

With between 1200 and 1500 athletes expected to participate, McLeod believes up to 5000 people will flock to Lismore for the event.

"With us being so far north it may affect numbers," McLeod said.

"But we're looking at ways of getting more athletes involved.

"The event will be really good for us as a club; already it has helped us get things happening at the ground and the (Lismore) council has been excellent."

The council has pledged to help the club add amenities to the Riverview Park facility.

"We have some long jump pits being constructed (from three to five)," McLeod said.

"We will also have an IAAF (International Amateur Athletics Federation) standard discus cage as well as a temporary discus cage and shot put circle.

"The ground will end up with three shot put circles and three discus circles."

n Lismore Little Athletics will hold a sign-on for the coming season this Saturday from 9am to 11am at Riverview Park.

With lighting now available at the ground, Lismore will hold its club nights on Fridays from 5.45pm.

"We have more than 200 athletes involved every year," McLeod said.

"But we're hoping that with the new timeslot being out of the heat of the day, a further 100 will sign-up this season."



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