Two-time World Champion Jana Pittman has announced she will compete at the 2014 Australia Post Stawell Gift as she launches her preparations to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Fresh from her historic achievement of becoming the first Australian female to compete at both a summer and winter Olympic Games, the dual 400 metre hurdles World Champion will compete in the Endura Sports Nutrition Lorraine Donnan 400m Women's Handicap event at Central Park this Easter weekend.
"I'm thrilled to be able to launch my campaign for the Rio Olympics at such a prestigious event.
"The Stawell Gift has always held a special place in Australian athletics and it will be an honour to compete alongside some of the best sprinters in this country."
Pittman competed in the two-person Bobsleigh for Australia at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, a training regime that focused on much shorter sprints than her preferred distance.
"It is going to be a long hard road back to track and there are no certainties. An event like this is the perfect platform to set a benchmark to work off," Pittman said.
"Considering I haven't run over 120 metres in two years it will also be a real challenge to make the distance and probably be fairly entertaining for viewers."
A strong showing at the 133rd Australia Post Stawell Gift will go a long way to providing a springboard for her bid at an elusive Olympic medal in two years time.
For now, Pittman's focus is just getting back to enjoying what she does best.
"At this point in my career, it's really all about relishing the challenges and enjoying my running and the carnival atmosphere of the Australia Post Stawell Gift is the perfect place to start."