Australia Indy 300 news 2008-10-07

GRAND ROLE FOR LOCAL GOLD MEDALIST EMMA SNOWSILL The Gold Coast's Beijing Olympic Gold Medal winning triathlete Emma Snowsill has accepted the role of Grand Marshall for the 2008 Nikon Indy 300, October 23-26 - ...

GRAND ROLE FOR LOCAL GOLD MEDALIST EMMA SNOWSILL

The Gold Coast's Beijing Olympic Gold Medal winning triathlete Emma Snowsill has accepted the role of Grand Marshall for the 2008 Nikon Indy 300, October 23-26 - celebrating her new position this afternoon by checking out Pit Lane aboard her own two-wheeled machine.

The 27 year old Snowsill, who calls the Gold Coast home, is currently preparing for the Noosa Triathlon on November 2 only weeks after returning from her 2008 Beijing Olympics campaign where the triple world champion triathlete secured the Gold, however took some time out from her busy training schedule to take a look-in on the continuing track construction.

With only weeks now remaining until the 2008 Event, Snowsill said she was thrilled to be able to accept the role of Grand Marshall for the four day spectacle she grew up with.

"Indy is such an iconic Gold Coast event, it sweeps everyone up in the excitement," said Snowsill.

"I like pushing my body to the limit just like the drivers get every ounce of speed from their machines. It's truly one of the worlds greatest street races held in the heart of the city, I think it's definitely the speed thing I love the most.

"I've undertaken numerous roles since Beijing but to be asked to do the Grand Marshal job is such a thrill -- something I never thought I'd ever get to do.

"It has been the most fantastic ride since coming home from Beijing with so many functions to attend but I really need to knuckle down and put in some quality training over the next few weeks.

"The bike leg of the triathlon accounts for half of the race, so it's time to dust off my two wheeled machine and get into gear for the Noosa Tri."

Nikon Indy 300 General Manager Greg Hooton said he was pleased to be able to welcome Snowsill to the Event team.

"Emma is an accomplished athlete, accustomed to doing her best and striving for the next highest goal, which is something that we are continually doing here in trying to bring the Event to the Gold Coast and Australia," said Hooton.

"I couldn't be happier to have her on board as the official Grand Marshall of the Nikon Indy 300, and it has been great to celebrate with her here today with only 16 days left before the streets of Surfers Paradise FIRE UP once again."

With 96 hours of non-stop excitement over October 23-26 as the Gold Coast comes alive to the sound of the IndyCar Series Cars burning up the track and Australia's own V8 Supercars scorching around one of the most famous beach-side cities in the world, the event is the hottest ticket in town.

Tickets are now on sale for the Nikon Indy 300 with ticket options to suit everyone's needs. Four day Grandstand passes are available for those who prefer to watch the racing from the comfort of their own reserved seat or for those who prefer to wander around and soak up the atmosphere then a four day, weekend or single day General Admission pass might be more their style. For more information on ticket options go to indy.com.au. For information on Corporate Hospitality packages please call the Nikon Indy 300 Sales Team on (07) 5588 6800.

-credit: www.indy.com.au

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