New surface unveiled at Mackay ARC track
THE red hot synthetic surface on the new athletics track being developed at the Mackay Aquatic and Recreational Complex (ARC) has been laid and has regional clubs buzzing with excitement.
Mackay Athletics official James Grech has been involved with club based athletics for 11 years and said Mackay Athletics was looking forward to using the facility next year.
"It gives us the opportunity to increase participation, but also the chance to host our own events and carnivals and with this facility we will be able to host a high quality event,” Mr Grech said. "The benefits that this track will bring are to the athletes and the users from Mackay. People will get a great feel for the performance they can get out of a new synthetic track.”
Mr Grech believes the new track will allow squads who are part of major competitions to familiarise themselves with a world-class facility.
"The Capricornia school district has never had anything like this to use at its events from a local perspective, so this will tremendously benefit the school based competition,” he said.
The project is due to be completed in February 2019 and has already got international events on the calendar.
"We've got an international meet already booked in with the Oceania Masters event which will bring 500 athletes and 80 officials, so the facility has already exercised its capacity to attract world class events,” Mr Grech said.