Sport Minister Steve Dickson served the opening volleyball to Olympic gold medallist Natalie Cook as he officially opened the Sunshine Coast’s new world-class beach volleyball facilities this morning.
Mr Dickson said the Queensland Government had contributed $146,000 toward building the three new courts at Chancellor State College campus in Sippy Downs.
“We are determined to increase participation in grassroots community sport across Queensland, and projects like this are just another way we’re doing that,” Mr Dickson said.
“Chancellor State College has a stellar reputation for its dedication to sporting programs and it’s terrific to see their facilities further improved through funds from our Sport and Recreation Infrastructure program.
“The new beach volleyball courts complement the facilities already provided on campus and at the adjacent University of the Sunshine Coast.”
Chancellor State College secondary campus Principal Glen Robinson said the project, jointly funded with the school’s P&C association, would provide another first class sporting facility for the Sippy Downs community.
“In particular, the students of the College will be making great use the facility and it’s fantastic that Natalie Cook has been able to be here for the opening today, as she is a huge inspiration for our kids,” Mr Robinson said.
“We’re anticipating night time competitive and social Beach Volleyball events to now kick off their seasons over the next few weeks.”
Mr Dickson said the upgrade included construction of three new beach volleyball courts with floodlighting and club amenities.
“I’m confident these new facilities will go a long way to attracting new participants to the sport of beach volleyball from across the local community,” he said.
“The Newman Government is working with clubs throughout the state to ensure Queenslanders have access to sporting and recreational opportunities and facilities wherever they live.”
“Through our flagship $47.8 million Get in the Game program, we’re providing clubs with better equipment and facilities, and giving children who might not otherwise be able to afford it the opportunity to play sport.”