Expect plenty of kids, colour and a cacophony from a cheering crowd when the Sunshine Coast Stadium hosts the biggest ever 2017 Queensland Oztag Junior State Cup this weekend.
More than 5000 players and spectators from as far afield as Townsville to the Tweed Coast will descend on the Coast for the 13th annual event which will conclude with the finals scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the event was popular with both participants, their families and the wider community.
“Oztag Junior Cup is fantastic event, played by some fast-paced, active youngsters and enjoyed by their families – many who’ve been coming to our region for years.
“It’s a great boost for our local tourism and accommodation providers in what can be a traditionally quiet time after Christmas.
“It’s estimated this tournament brings up to $3 million to the local economy as the thousands of visitors stay in a broad range of accommodation, eat out in the local restaurants and spend money in the local shops.
“It’s certainly going to be a busy weekend, as many families are taking advantage of the Australia Day public holiday and extending their visit on the Coast.”
Oztag sports development officer Brett Tyson said the Junior State Cup was one of four Queensland Oztag events to be staged on the Coast this year.
“It will be a bumper year for Queensland Oztag on the Sunshine Coast, with the Junior State Cup this weekend, the Seniors State Cup in March, the Tri Series in June and the All Schools Tournament in July,” Mr Tyson said.
“We’ve chosen to stage the tournaments on the Coast as it’s an attractive event destination with a variety of accommodation options, great sporting facilities and a welcoming and friendly community.
“Staging the tournaments here also helps raise the sport’s profile and promote the healthy and inclusive benefits of it, to the local community.”
Brian Marshall, reservation manager at Beachside Resort Kawana Waters, said that the Queensland Oztag Junior Cup attracted a lot of families and large groups.
“We’re booked out for the event and many of our guests return year on year,” Mr Marshall said.
“It’s also a great atmosphere with happy families and groups all reuniting and mixing together.”
Oztag is enjoyed by male, female and mixed teams of all athletic abilities, aged from 6 – 60.
Queensland Oztag Junior State Cup is funded by the Tourism and Major Events Levy which promotes the region’s tourist industry and major events.
It is estimated that every dollar invested in the Tourism and Major Events Levy generates $18 in economic benefit.
For more information on the tournament, visit http://www.queenslandoztag.com.au/events/.