12/02/2019 11:00:00 a.m.
Olympic and Commonwealth medallists Tom Walsh and Eliza McCartney, along with a host of top New Zealand and International shot put and pole vault athletes, will compete live in the streets of Christchurch on Wednesday, 6 March.
The Lincoln University Street Athletics Festival will take place in the Christchurch Casino Carpark and is a free public event.
Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce McKenzie, said the University was very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Athletics New Zealand and bring the festival to Christchurch.
He added that the University is also a supporting partner of the 2019 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships, which will be hosted in Christchurch on March 8-10, which the athletes in the festival will be in Christchurch to warm up for.
He said Lincoln has a strong sports and recreation programme as well as a high-performing sports scholarship programme so there were natural connections there.
“But the events also speak to what we do at Lincoln, of growing futures and opportunities, and our students themselves, through striving to achieve and perform on the highest stages, like world champion shot-putter Tom Walsh.”
Athletics New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Pfitzinger said this will be the first time both street pole vault and shot put have been hosted together in the city.
“Crowds can witness the skill, power and athleticism of the some of the world’s best athletes from just metres away. There is truly nothing like it.”
The Christchurch community is encouraged to head along and take in the festival vibe. There will be food trucks and drinks, giveaways, music and family-friendly activities.
Lincoln Sports and Recreation students will also be assisting with the event, and staff and students are invited to volunteer to help as well.