The Big Shot 2017
Sunday 19 Feb 2017
The Big Shot returns to Christchurch in 2017, on Sunday 19-Feb, and will feature Kiwi Olympic heroes Tom Walsh, Eliza McCartney, Jacko Gill and Nick Willis against international competition.
Walsh and Gill continue to make history each year, blazing a new trail in international shotputting - both made the Olympic final, and Walsh won both the World Indoor Championships and the prestigious IAAF Diamond League, now they battle it out again for supremacy at home.
The Rio Olympic Games were New Zealand most successful in Track & Field for over 50 years - now bronze medallist and hometown hero Walsh will be joined by New Zealand's other Olympic bronze medallists, pole-vaulter Eliza McCartney and 1500m star Nick Willis, as they showcase their talents against international competition, and inspire the next generation of heroes.
There are also "Future Stars" children's events, public participation, and autograph opportunities planned - this is your chance to get up close & personal with our track and field heroes.
Since 2009, the International Track & Field Trust has delivered quality athletics events in Christchurch. Starting with the International Track Meet held at QEII in 2009 and 2010, the original purpose was to showcase the sport of athletics and to provide opportunities for up-and-coming youngsters to emulate and compete against the established stars of the sport.
Following the 2011 earthquake, which ruined the QEII Stadium, the Trust has delivered the International Track Meet at Christ's College 2012-14, the Summer Vaults in Cashel Mall in 2013, and The Big Shot and Street Mile events at the Retro Sports Facility in 2015-16. Athletes such as Tom Walsh, Angie Petty, Eliza McCartney, Jacko Gill, and Rosa Flanagan have had an early taste of international competition here before going on to wear the black singlet with pride, and in turn to inspire the next wave of youngsters.
Who will be the next Future Stars to be seen in 2017?
Image Credits - De Nada Creative, Meredith Clare Photography