On behalf of Athletics New Zealand, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Sir Graeme Douglas International, presented by Harcourts Cooper & Co. We are delighted you are joining us via Sky Sport 9 and Sky Sport Now for one of the leading athletics meetings in New Zealand and hope that you enjoy the experience. Special thanks to Douglas Pharmaceuticals and the Douglas family for supporting this meet in honour of Sir Graeme Douglas. We are also pleased to welcome Harcourts Cooper & Co for the second year as presenting partner and wish to extend our gratitude for their support. At Athletics NZ we are passionate about providing opportunities for athletes to achieve their full potential, from children just starting out through to the world-class performers you will see today. As a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze level meet, the points on offer at the Sir Graeme Douglas International presented by Harcourts Cooper & Co are among the highest available in the Oceania region. This year our athletes are looking to achieve qualifying standard for the 2022 World Athletics Championships and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. This evening provides them with an ideal opportunity to take a step towards Oregon and Birmingham. While we unfortunately cannot welcome international athletes this year due to the pandemic, we are fortunate to have world-class stars of our own and many will be in action this evening. That list is headed by the likes of two-time Olympic medallist Tom Walsh, and Tokyo Olympic finalists Maddi Wesche and Hamish Kerr plus New Zealand 100m women’s record-holder Zoe Hobbs. The Douglas Track and Field at Trusts Arena is one of New Zealand’s finest athletics venues and we are looking forward to a memorable evening. Welcome once again and we hope you enjoy watching our top athletes in action. Thanks for your support and we hope to see you again next year. Peter Pfitzinger Chief Executive Officer Athletics NZ WELCOME 2