Athletic track’s winning restoration

Potential future Olympians are among the excited young athletes who racked up personal bests on the fabulous new Sandringham Athletics Track.

Bayside’s only synthetic track has been restored to competition standard and runners, jumpers and throwers from Sandringham Athletics and Little Athletics Clubs are making great use of the track.

The track renewal included additional throwing facilities, formalised sandpits to safely run concurrent jumping events, a 10-lane front straight, marshalling areas and a public drinking fountain.

Sandringham Little Athletics Club president Nicole George said the kids are constantly beating their personal bests on the new springier track.

“They love it. I had to go and buy lots more gold stars for the board,” Nicole said.

The track is shared by the Sandringham Athletics and Little Athletics Clubs, local schools and is open to the public outside of training and events hours.

The new layout and facilities allow all track and field events to be hosted at the now premier 400m track. It has a new compliant steeplechase pit, two javelin runways, a shot-put circle, pole vault runway, hammer cage and a discus cage.

A SMART timing system has been installed for both sprinters and long-distance runners. A series of magnetic timing gates are strategically embedded within the track. Movement is measured by the user’s smartphone or a high performance, lightweight sensor before being analysed and displayed by the diagnostic software.

Athlete mid air of a long jump

Fast recycling

The surface is made from 49% recycled and rapidly renewable material, including 35 tonnes of recycled car and truck tyres in the rubber base layer, saving these from landfill.

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