National Touch championships kick off at Stadium

Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes – Queensland Secondary School Touch reps

Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes – Queensland Secondary School Touch reps
Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes – Queensland Secondary School Touch reps

Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana Sports Precinct and the wider Sunshine Coast will be on show to thousands when the National Youth Touch Football Championships are played on September 17-20.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said almost 4000 people would visit from outside the region to compete in and watch the championships.
“This national event is bringing 34 teams from around Australia and New Zealand to contest the championships – with the athletes, their family, friends and support team, there will be a lot of people here enjoying the region and spending at our local businesses,” Mayor Jamieson said.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events portfolio councillor Jason OPray said council was a major sponsor of the championships.
“We are proud to be sponsoring this event – we’ve hosted it in 2010, 2011 and 2013 already – it’s bringing Australia’s best touch football talent to the Coast for everyone to see at Sunshine Coast Stadium,” Cr OPray said.
“This is a unique competition with both school and community teams playing in a national championship event.
“I wish the best of luck to all the competitors.”
Councillor for Division 3, home of Sunshine Coast Stadium, Peter Cox said the Sunshine Coast Stadium was the Sunshine Coast’s premier sporting facility.
“The precinct injects millions of dollars into the local economy by attracting international, national, state and local games across a range of codes, training camps, travelling shows, community events as well as major music and entertainment events,” Cr Cox said.
The championships will run in conjunction with its 2014 ‘State of Origin’ series, which will be played on September 19-20. Ex-rugby league legend Scott Prince will once again be representing Queensland in the over-30 State of Origin competition. A 90-minute highlights package of that event will be aired Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday, October 8 at 10.30am.