St Helens Athletics Carnival promotes equality for all
The St Helens Athletics Carnival may be the last in the summer carnival series but this year it will offer equal prize money for both female and male competitors for the first time.
President of the St Helens Athletics Club Kaylene Crossingham said introducing equal prize money was not only a no brainer but important to the ideology of the Club, equality and fairness for all.
"It was decided to create equity in prize money because it is simply the right thing to do in this day and age. Society expectations have changed and with that comes equity and overall fairness. As a progressive Club we need to lead the way in implementing positive change and send a strong message that we appreciate everyone who participates," Ms Crossingham said.
The club will also be putting a strong emphasis on athlete development this year with the inclusion of junior events.
" We are increasing the level of junior participation, through Little Athletics this year, because we strongly believe in identified pathways for our juniors and want them to not only perform in front of their idols but also watch them later in the day and aspire to be as successful," Ms Crossingham said.
"We want all competitors to feel appreciated and have the best opportunity to show their skills in an environment that clearly says 'the culture of this Carnival is based on inclusion, well being and skill development."
The St Helens Athletics Carnival is held at the St Helens Sport and Recreation Ground, Young Street, St Helens on January 19th. This will be the event's 65th year.
As the last event in the Summer Carnival Series Ms Crossingham said the event had a relaxed vibe, highlighted by the coastal location.
"It is an ideal way to celebrate the end of the series - in a beautiful environment competing with mates and showcasing elite skills to a really appreciative crowd of locals and holiday makers," Ms Crossingham said.
"The health and wellbeing of all is important to us. This Carnival has a quality atmosphere and provides a relaxed experience within an event culture based on 'everyone matters."
The carnival is also unique in that it not only features track-n-field and cycling but a woodchop event as well.
This year the post carnival event includes popular band Gypsy Rose playing from 6.00pm until 9.00pm
"We intend to make this the Carnival that no one wants to miss," Ms Crossingham said.