A PARALYMPIC gold medallist-turned-coach and his promising protege will on Sunday scope out Warrnambool's Brauerander Park as a potential location for a Commonwealth Para Games qualification bid.
Sam Rizzo, who is vying for a place at the Birmingham games in July, will attend the rescheduled Let's Talk Run on Sunday to scout the suitability of the west Warrnambool surface alongside mentor Richard Colman.
The Standard understands the Brauerander is among the fastest tracks in Australia and is on the radar as athletes vie to qualify for the Commonwealth Para Games.
Let's Talk Run organiser Craig Bramley said Rizzo and Colman would add extra spark to the event, which will focus on participation and reinforcing the importance of mental health.
"We might put their roll over 1500 metres somewhere between events. It'll only take them about three minutes to get through that," he said.
"We're pretty flexible about how it fits in. They'll basically scout the track out - they know it's a fast track anyway - but we sort of had a discussion around maybe we could do something maybe in the near future where they could come down and get other athletes looking for qualification times to come down as well.
"I think they're doing a bit of scouting work as to how that would work. It'd be pretty exciting."
The Let's Talk Run brought four south-west groups together - Athletics South West Turbines, Warrnambool Little Athletics, Warrnambool Athletics Club and Let's Talk - and was born after the iconic Surf 'T' Surf was cancelled for the second year in a row in October.
It was originally scheduled for Friday night but a forecast of inclement weather forced organisers to shift it to Sunday from 10am.
There will be 400-metre, 800m, 1600m, 4x100m relay and five-kilometre races on offer for competitors and entries can be made online or at the track on Sunday morning.
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