Much-needed upgrades for Domain Athletics Centre

Athletes who train and compete in shotput, javelin, discus and hammer throw can now access a $300,000 upgraded playing surface at the Domain Athletics Centre.

Healthy Hobart Portfolio co-chair Zelinda Sherlock said the throws surface area was suffering from serious erosion that had at times led to the cancellation of athletics events.

“The old surface was full of potholes and cracking that made the area difficult to negotiate for all athletes and especially those with mobility issues,” she said.

“We want Tasmania’s premier athletics centre to be a field of dreams for our young athletes where anything is possible.”

The Tasmanian Government provided $250,000 towards the project through the 2021- 22 ‘Improving the Playing Field’ grant program and the City of Hobart contributed the remaining $50,000.

Sport and Recreation Minister Nic Street said the Domain Athletics centre was one of the most heavily used sports precincts in southern Tasmania and this project provided opportunities for people of all athletic abilities to get active.

“High-performance athletes, school and community groups and recreational users will benefit from this improved facility,” he said.

“Students from almost every southern Tasmanian school use this facility in either their school athletics event or interschool events each year.”

Acting Hobart Lord Mayor Helen Burnett said athletes would no longer need to tolerate the cracked and ruined tarmac and would now have a safe and accessible area where they could practice and compete.

“This is a significant investment in Tasmania’s premier athletics centre and the future of our track and field athletes,” she said.

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