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Bay Sheffield off and running

Bay Sheffield, Adelaide
Katrine Hildyard
Minister Assisting the Minister for Recreation and Sport

Australia’s top sprinters will participate in Glenelg’s renowned Bay Sheffield this weekend.

The Bay Sheffield has expanded from its traditional two-day athletics carnival to three, offering athletes and spectators a dynamic program.

Last year’s event was a huge success, attracting 472 competitors across the festival including 192 from interstate.

Victorian Jessica Payne won the 2016 history-making edition of the women’s race that - with additional State Government funding – offered prize money equal to the men’s race for the first time.

The Government is committed to balance disparities in sport and has provided $15,000 to Bay Sheffield to ensure equal prize money for the second year in a row.

The State Government is actively looking to find ways to increase the profile and participation of sports at all levels – from the grassroots to the elite.

In this year’s mega sport State Budget the State Government pumped an extra $40 million into sport, including $10 million committed to implement or improve female change rooms at South Australian sporting clubs. This is above an additional $70 million dollars dedicated to attract major events and conferences through the South Australian Tourism Commission.

The Bay Sheffield received $15,000 through the 2017/18 round of the State Government’s Regional Events and Festivals Program.

The Bay Sheffield will be held from 26-28 December. For more information visit

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Bay Sheffield is a tradition that has been held at Glenelg every year since 1886. There’s nothing like watching the country’s best sprinters up close on the Colley Reserve turf.

The additional funding means that means more of the country’s top female – and male – sprinters are headed to South Australia with their supporters.

South Australia is the birthplace of many great athletes and parity might be the added incentive needed for athletes to continue in sports and become the next Sally Pearson.

Women’s sport in South Australia continues an upward trend with the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under recently upgraded to a 2.1 classification - meaning female cyclists from all over the world will soon flock to SA in a bid to improve their international ranking.

Tourism is booming in South Australia with the visitor economy at a record $6.3 billion - off the back of our State Government’s additional $70 million investment in the sector.