PI was represented by Jayne Pearce, and Seattle-based Lorraine Rawlston and they had a busy time touring the under-construction Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, visiting local Eugene hotels, and attending numerous working meetings. It is rumoured that they even found time to discover a local brewery called McMenamin’s Roadhouse, near Portland. No stone left unturned! https://www.mcmenamins.com/cornelius-pass-roadhouse
Jayne and Lorraine also had a chance to meet with Zacharias Vailakis, World Athletics Press Operations Manager and Martina Kucerova, who will be the Press Delegate for the event.
World Athletics CEO Jon Ridgeon had this to say about the visit: “This has been a packed few days but is important to ensure we are all on the same page in terms of expectations. The Local Organising Committee has a unique approach to resource planning, using the skills and expertise of Oregonians and local partners working alongside experienced international staff with major global event production experts.”
“This is the first time ever that our world championships will be held in a stadium purpose-built specifically for athletics, rather than a multi-purpose sports stadium, which has its own challenges in terms of space but will provide a strong legacy for the sport here in the USA. Our tour of the Hayward Field stadium this week was exciting and although still under construction we can all imagine a world class event. Athletics fans the world over really have something to look forward to.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, and we will be working hard to ensure that the media will be in the best possible conditions to showcase this ground-breaking event in 2022.