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EastLink sponsors Ringwood Gift 1600m (3 April)

The Ringwood Gift is an annual athletics event, which will be held at Proclamation Park athletic track, Ringwood, on Sunday 3 April (11am-5pm).

EastLink is the sponsor of the 1600m Open race event this year.

This year will be the 41st year of the Ringwood Gift athletics meeting, with a range of running events from 70m and 100m sprints up to 1600m.

The Ringwood Gift is operated by The Ringwood Professional Athletic Club (RPAC) as part of the Victorian Athletic League (VAL).

The VAL season consists of 18 events around the state, culminating with the famous Stawell Gift at Easter. The Ringwood Gift is the final event this year prior to the Stawell Gift.

Competing in VAL Gift races allows male and female athletes, of all ages and abilities, to compete in a fun and competitive environment. Each athlete is given a starting mark, or handicap, based on their ability and past results, giving them an equal opportunity to triumph in their chosen event.

Winners and finalists in each event receive cash prizes.


Come and see the Ringwood Gift

The Ringwood Gift will be open to the public ($5 entry fee per person).


Meet Bobsled Bree at the Ringwood Gift

Breeana "Bree" Walker is an Australian bobsledder, who trains at Proclamation Park in Ringwood.

She started out as a hurdler and switched to bobsledding in 2016. In 2018–19 she made her debut in the Bobsleigh World Cup. She has won several monobob competitions and recently competed in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Bree will be at the Ringwood Gift from 11:30am until 2pm. Come and meet her!

As part of the official opening at 1:50pm, Bree will demonstrate Ringwood's practice sled.

 Ringwood Gift Bobsled Bree


Ringwood Gift timetable of events

Sunday 3 April

11:00 70m Open Heats
11:35 800m Open Heats
11:47 800m 45+ Masters Final & Presentation
11:57 70m Open Semi Finals
12:05 1600m Restricted Final and Presentation
12:15 70m Open Final and Presentation
12:25 100m Under 14 Heats
12:34 100m Under 18 Heats
12:49 100m Men’s Heats
1:13 100m Women’s Heats
1:34 100m Masters Heats
1:50 Official Opening with Bobsled Bree (see above)
2:02 1600m Open Final and Presentation
- sponsored by EastLink
2:03 100m Under 14 Final
2:35 100m Under 18 Final and Presentations
2:40 100m Men’s Semi Finals
2:48 100m Women’s Final
2:53 100m Masters Final
2:58 100m Men’s Final and Presentations
3:13 300m Masters Heats
3:31 400m Restricted Heats
3:44 400m Women’s Gift Heats
4:01 400m Men’s Gift Heats
4:03 800m Open Final and Presentation
4:04 300m Masters Final and Presentation
4:05 400m Restricted Final and Presentation
5:00 400m Women’s Gift Final and Presentation
5:10 400m Men’s Gift Final and Presentation

Covered stands and refreshments at Proclamation Park

Proclamation Park has covered stands overlooking the athletic track. There will also be a canteen and coffee van open for refreshments.

Ringwood Gift covered stand


Sponsors

In addition to EastLink, other sponsors include:

  • The Drain Man
  • Lonsdale Solutions
  • Coachella Coffe Co
  • The Coach
  • Dual Heating & Air Conditioning
  • MSC Signs
  • Maroondah Printing
  • Intersport
  • Eastern Subaru Lilydale
  • Click On Rentals
  • Shane McKenzie
  • Corrben Homes

Ringwood Professional Athletic Club

Ringwood Professional Athletic Club Inc. (RPAC) was established in 1978. Its main purpose is to provide services to its members and to promote professional running to prospective members. Its primary event is the staging of an athletic carnival each year under the auspices of the Victorian Athletic League (VAL). The Ringwood Professional Athletic Club aims to be a member of the Victorian Athletic League each year and has done so since it was established in 1978. The Ringwood Professional Athletic Club has conducted the Ringwood Gift carnival almost every year since 1978.

Ringwood Gift logo

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