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2011 athletics calendar

Our track and field stars can mark their calender for the new-look Athletics SA calendar 2011, when, starting in February, Yellow Pages athletics action reaches all parts of the country.

Next year’s calendar will build on the previously announced Yellow Pages Summer Series meetings to be held in Stellenbosch (Friday, 10 December 2010), Oudtshoorn (Monday, 13 Dec), Port Elizabeth (Wednesday, 15 Dec) and Parow (Saturday, 18 Dec). The 2011 summer season will swing into action with a Yellow Pages Series event in Potchefstroom on Saturday, February 19.

Tshwane athletics enthusiasts then get their chance to witness the fun and excitement of the action-packed Yellow Pages Series athletics when the second event of the series is held in South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria on Friday, February 25. The Yellow Pages Series will then make its way down to the coast to the famous Coetzenburg stadium in Stellenbosch for action on Thursday, March 10.

ASA will be looking to put the ‘team’ element back into athletics with two new Yellow Pages Interprovincial Series events on the calendar. The track and field meetings to be held in Germiston, near Johannesburg (Saturday, March 26) and Bellville (Saturday, April 16), will allow provinces and associates of ASA to enter teams (20 athletes per team comprising 10 men and 10 women). Points will be calculated according to the IAAF points table.

The country’s leading young athletes will also get their chance to take centre stage when the Yellow Pages ASA Junior and Youth Championships capture the attention of the country’s sports-loving public, in Germiston, near Johannesburg on April┬á2-3.

With the IAAF World Championships set to take place in Daegu, South Korea from August 27 to September 4, the cream of SA’s athletes will be out to deliver fast times, far throws and long and high jumps, when the Yellow Pages ASA Senior Championship is held in Durban on April 8-9.

Student athletics is expected to reach a new high in 2011, with Yellow Pages sponsoring the Yellow Pages ASA Student Championships which will take place in Stellenbosch from April 28-30.

ÔÇ£With the addition of the four Yellow Pages Summer Series events in December and the re-positioning of the Yellow Pages Series and Yellow Pages Interprovincial Series dates, I am confident that the new-look calendar is athlete-friendly and in the interest of allowing our athletes to deliver quality performances at the right times of the season in line with the bigger picture of doing SA proud on the international stage later in the year,ÔÇØ said ASA board chairman James Evans.

ÔÇ£ASA is pleased to work hand in hand with our loyal sponsor Yellow Pages, towards creating family fun-filled athletics entertainment, in allowing new talent to have opportunities of running against their heroes, and allowing the heroes to continue enhancing their image as role models across all communities, most notably to the future of SA, namely the youth.ÔÇØ

Lionel Smith, GM Marketing of Trudon (Publishers of Yellow Pages), added that SA is on the brink of experiencing a dose of Yellow Pages athletics fever that is sure to be an inspiration to sports fans and participants all around the country. ÔÇ£Yellow Pages keep products and services at people’s fingertips and is delighted to link our brand to the most popular sport of the Olympics, namely athletics, as we encourage our country’s athletes to strive for glory and to get South Africans talking athletics,ÔÇØ said Smith.