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European Athletics launches 2010 Innovation Awards

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from A.A.I website European Athletics today invited scientists, academics, students and others who have completed work contributing to the development of one or more aspects of athletics to enter their projects in the 7th edition of the European Athletics Innovation Awards.

The biennial competition, which was established in 1998, offers awards in five categories and a CHF 20,000 prize fund.

For the first time, a category for sustainability will be included. The others will be coaching, promotion, technology and an open category.

“With five categories we are able to recognise the best work and ideas from a wide range of fields,” said European Athletics Director General Christian Milz. “We’ve added sustainability this year to encourage event organisers to try out our new online Sustainable Sports Event Toolkit and share their experience with the rest of the sport.”

Entries will be judged for their quality and relevance to athletics by an expert panel. The author of the top project in each category will receive CHF 2,000 and be advanced to the final round.

The panel, which is led by Council member Sylvia Barlag of the Netherlands, will select the overall winner for its importance to the development of athletics.

A CHF 10,000 first prize will be presented at an awards ceremony during the European Athletics Convention in Novi Sad in October.

The winning project in 2008 was submitted by Carl Askling and Alf Thorstensson from the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and was entitled “Hamstring Muscle Strain in Sprinters.” Selected from 22 entries from 12 countries, it is one of the first attempts to systematically characterise and follow up a serious problem that threatens the careers of many top athletes.

The 2006 winner was an online coaching tool called “Coaches Eye”, which was submitted by German sports science graduate Christina Hunneshagen.

The competition is open to all Europeans. The final date for receipt of entries is 31 May 2010.

For further information Click Here or contact European Athletics Member Services Manager Bill Glad at [email protected].