Between 150 to 200 of the state’s best athletes will be showcased at the Victor Harbor oval on Saturday evening, March 9.
The South Australian Athletics League has chosen Victor Harbor to hold the Fleurieu Milk Gift.
South Coast Little Athletics will take centre stage at approximately 4.30pm and from 5.30pm (approx) the state league hit the track.
Events will range from 70 metres to 1600 metres with prize money in excess of $17,000.
Under 14 to Over 35 events at the different distances will be organised for men and women and there will be a local celebrity 40 metre dash and baton relays between local sporting clubs.
South Australian Athletics League president Paul Stallan was extremely excited to bring the Fleurieu Milk Gift to Victor Harbor.
“We have received fantastic support from Fleurieu Milk and local businesses such as Harcourts South Coast, Rosetta Village, On The Run, Northpoint Fleurieu, Hotel Victor and many parents and friends of the Fleurieu Peninsula,” Mr Stallan said.
“We will have competitors coming from all around the state.
“It will be an annual event, as we have the support of Fleurieu Milk for the next three years and we hope to be back as soon as November 2019.”
The event has the full backing of the Victor Harbor Football Club and RSL Management Board and spokesperson Mike McRae said the economic benefits to host an event such as this is far reaching.
“We look forward to this being an annual event which will attract athletes, from not just South Australia, but nation-wide once it becomes established.
“This will showcase Victor Harbor, as it involves our up and coming Little athletes and the best we have to offer in athletics. It is certainly something different for our region,” Mr McRae said.
Fleurieu Milk sales and marketing manager Clay Sampson said the company was excited to be involved.
“To be part of the inaugural Fleurieu Milk Gift is something special. We have committed for three years and always enjoy being associated with events on the Fleurieu Peninsula,” Mr Sampson said.
Former athletics representative, coach and local club development officer Trevor Mayhew said the South Coast Athletic Centre and its 'Little Athletics' members welcome the opportunity to enter sprint races at the proposed major South Australia Athletics League meeting.
“This will be an exciting evening for the community to see the states best professional athletes in action, an inspiration for our club's athletes to compete on a track that is safe and conducive to best performance,” Mr Mayhew said.
“There's little doubt this event will have a positive effect on our club's profile and growth, which is an important objective of the hard working committee led by president Julie Brehin.