Sunshine Coast Council’s Stockland Stadium was today transformed into a sea of colour – both on field and on water – with the Queensland Junior Oztag State Cup and the National Outrigger Canoe Sprint Titles.
Mayor Mark Jamieson, along with local Councillors Peter Cox and Tim Dwyer attended the Junior Oztag opening ceremony to welcome the participants.
Mayor Jamieson said he was delighted the Sunshine Coast can play host to these championships which provide such a great opportunity to showcase the region and our local athletes as they compete against the best from across the state and nation.
“Importantly the events provide many social and economic benefits,” he said.
“The competitions bring more than 6047 spectators and participants from outside the Sunshine Coast to our region over the three days. The economic benefit to the region has been estimated in excess of $2.4 million and generating over 14,965 room nights benefitting our accommodation industry.
“Premier events such as these showcase the Sunshine Coast as a premier destination for both state and national sporting competitions.”
Rumba Beach Resort General Manager, Bill Darby said there is no doubt that participatory sporting events such as these not only help sport development, but also help the accommodation and the tourism sectors during non-school holiday periods.
Oztag Queensland Business Operations Manager, Brendan Powell said the Queensland Junior Oztag State Cup has seen 52% growth from last year.
“With the event being held at Stockland Park this has taken the competition to a new level of professionalism, which will continue to see major growth in the coming years,” he said.
“I am excited about the growth in the competition that will come from hosting it at such an amazing venue.”
Both events run from 8am on Friday 31 January through to Sunday 1 February, and are open to the public.