The Sir Graeme Douglas International Presented by Harcourts Cooper & Co: Bronze Level Meet Now in its eighth year, the Sir Graeme Douglas International presented by Harcourts Cooper & Co remains a pinnacle one-day event of the New Zealand track and field season. Featuring once again as part of the World Athletics Continental Tour, which is one step below the Diamond League, the event attracts the cream of New Zealand athletes in an international level meet on home soil. The Continental Tour is one of the main pathways to qualification for major world events and in 2022 athletes will be chasing qualification for the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. This year’s event serves up a galaxy of leading New Zealand athletes led by double Olympic bronze medallist and three-time world shot put champion Tom Walsh. Other big names scheduled to compete at Douglas Track & Field include Tokyo Olympic finalists Maddi Wesche, who competes in the women’s shot, and New Zealand high jump record-holder Hamish Kerr. Sprinter Zoe Hobbs, who set a New Zealand 100m record of 11.15 in Hastings last weekend, will also be taking to the track and look out too for rising men’s speedster Tiaan Whelpton who equalled the New Zealand resident record of 10.18 at that same meet in Hawke’s Bay. Other leading names to watch include national 400m hurdles record-holder Portia Bing, pole vaulter Olivia McTaggart, who set a PB of 4.60m and Commonwealth Games A qualifier in January, and Tori Peeters, who set a New Zealand women’s javelin resident record of 60.51m in Wellington earlier this month. Proudly supported by Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Harcourts Cooper & Co, the Hits and our other event partners, the event is named in honour of Sir Graeme Douglas. Douglas Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1967 by Sir Graeme, a West Auckland chemist who dispensed prescription medicines. In 1980, he turned his hand to manufacturing and, by the 1990s, he was successfully researching and developing his own products for the domestic and international markets. Today, Douglas Pharmaceuticals is New Zealand’s largest family- owned healthcare company, employing over 700 people and exporting to 40 countries around the world. Sir Graeme was knighted in 2010 for services to philanthropy and athletics. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 87 and Athletics NZ is proud to host an event of this standing in his honour. ABOUT THE EVENT 3