Alexandra Athletics is celebrating another first.
The club will host 90 athletes from Remarkables, Aspiring, Dunedin and North Otago clubs when they converge on Alexandra’s grass track at Molyneux Park on Saturday.
Co-coach-manager Tina Lake said the event would mark the first time in at least 20 years that the outlying clubs have competed against Alexandra on its home soil.
She said usually Alexandra Athletics members do the travelling, mostly to Dunedin, where they recently competed.
The club’s junior squad (8yrs-14yrs) competed at mini multis at Dunedin’s Caledonian Ground last Satuday where some achieved top performances and personal bests.
The senior squad (14yrs-15yrs) competed in the senior Otago interclub competition, which resulted in “pleasing placings” by all athletes, she said.
They are now looking forward to competing at home this weekend, across a range of disciplines, including 60m, 100m, 200m, high jump, long jump, discus and shot put.
All athletes must be preregistered to compete.
Organisers Lake, Anna Smith and Karen Meissel, who have worked “many, many hours” to pull the event together, thank the community for its support.
“We are hoping locals will come along and watch the local kids compete,” Lake said.
The event will also feature special guest Anna Grimaldi, a New Zealand para-athlete, who won gold in the long jump at the Rio Olympics.