More than 1,200 young athletes from across the nation will compete in this weekend’s Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said it was the fifth time South Australia had hosted the event.
“We last welcomed the Australian All Schools Championships to Adelaide in 2000, so it’s fantastic to see this great event back in our state,” he said.
“South Australia has a strong team of 170 children, one of the largest contingents Athletics SA has ever sent to a national championship.”
Secondary school-aged students will compete in the event, which features individual and team sports and will this year include para events for the first time.
“The men’s under 18 100-metre sprint is one of the feature races on Saturday afternoon, with Tasmanian sprinter Jack Hale among the athletes to watch,” said the Minister.
“We wish everyone taking part in the championships the best of luck and congratulate them on representing their states and territories at this level.”
The championship is sponsored by Events South Australia and has long attracted notable athletes, with world champions Jana Pittman and Sally Pearson among meet record-holders.
Athletics SA chief executive Adam Bishop said he was thrilled South Australia had fielded such a large team.
"We worked hard to get the Australian All Schools Championships back to Adelaide as we knew it would provide a fantastic opportunity for more of our athletes to experience a national event without the expenses associated with travel,” he said.
“We are grateful for the support the State Government has provided to us in allowing Athletics SA to host this event.”
The Australian All Schools Championships will begin tonight at the SA Athletics Stadium at Mile End, and will continue until Sunday.
The event is followed by the Australian Schools Knockout Cup on Monday 8 December.
Visit www.athleticssa.com.au for more information.