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01 May 2009

Tickets have today gone on sale for the first edition of a brand new UKA competition that will see the cream of British athletes competing against each other on behalf of their home cities. Mixed teams of men and women will compete for a share of the £75,000 prize pot in front of what is sure to be a partisan Cardiff crowd.

The inaugural event takes place at Cardiff International Stadium on Wednesday 10 June with the host city taking on Birmingham, Glasgow, London North, London South, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Jenny Meadows is the first team Captain to be appointed and will lead out a strong Manchester team against fellow members of the Aviva GB & NI Team. She said

" I am really excited by the concept of Super8. As a young athlete I grew up with role models in my club and I decided I wanted to emulate them and to become the best athlete I can be. I did this through hard work and healthy competition. Hopefully Super8 will provide other athletes with similar role models that they can hope to emulate and the healthy competition they need to help them be the best they can be."

UK cities will be invited to bid for Super 8 franchises and the right to host events. Over the coming years, the aim is that the competition will grow with each team hosting a fixture.

The fixtures will follow a standard presentation format, with the action packed into a fast and furious two hour competition. Super 8 will see cities going head to head in an exciting format based loosely on the decathlon events with the added spice of relays.

The teams for the pilot event – which will also double as the final selection opportunity for the Aviva GB & NI Team for the European Team Championships – will be selected and managed by UKA.

The Super 8 format is also designed to be adopted by schools where the curriculum makes the staging of a full scale athletics matches increasingly difficult. The two-hour format of Super 8 could be adopted for inter-class or inter-school competitions with boys and girls competing together in the same team.

The pilot event in Cardiff will be preceded by a Super 8 schools pilot on the same day.     

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