The Ghana Athletics Association is set to host the Grand Finale of the Interplast-Sea & Shore National Circuit Championship at the Tamale Stadium on Saturday, 8 August.
Only the top eight point scorers in each event across the season have been invited for the Circuit final with each event going into a straight final after three Circuit Championships were held at Sunyani, Akatsi and Accra earlier in the season.
The final spot in a few events where two or three athletes were tied for the eighth slot, was determined by giving advantage to the athlete with the fastest time, or best throw over the season.
The Grand Finale will feature about 128 male and female athletes who will be battling for glory in straight finals in their respective events.
There will be an exhibition women’s 3000m steeplechase race. Earlier this year, the IAAF Regional Development Centre (RDC) in Kenya, had extended scholarships to a Ghanaian athlete and her coach; distance runner Elizabeth Azuure and her coach, Coach Boniface, from the Upper East Region to participate in a training course.
As a further boost to its developmental agenda, the GAA is organizing a community outreach event for children between 8-12 years in the Tamale municipality, preceding the Circuit Grand Finale from 1.30pm until 3.00pm.
The resource person teaching the children will be from the GAA Kids Athletics programme, and will also feature some former Ghanaian athletes among the GAA Executive, including the President, Organising Secretary, and the Ghana’s Rio 2016 Chef de Missions. The children will be taught the fundamentals of athletics before the National Circuit Championship Final starts at 4:00pm.
The Circuit Finale is expected to witness fierce rivalries and competition among the best home based athletes including the reigning African Championship javelin silver medalist Mary Zuta Nartey, African Championship 4x100m relay bronze medalist Beatrice Gyaman, 2014 Commonwealth Games and CAA African Championships participants such as; 400m runner Shawkia Iddrisu, 5000m runner Sakat Lariba, 400m runner Kwadwo Acheampong and 2014 Youth Olympic 800m gold medalist