Women take centre stage at sporting events

Council is a proud supporter of women’s sport in our region.

And, we have a long history of sporting success, with athletes such as Cathy Freeman, Nicole Pratt, Benita Willis, Sandy Brondello and Marianna Tolo all hailing from our region.

Mayor Greg Williamson said council was looking forward to hosting elite level women’s sporting stars in our region, starting with basketball next week.

“Residents will get the opportunity to see some of Australia’s elite women’s basketball players play live in Mackay as part of the 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season this month,” he said.

“In total, eight games (or four double-headers) will be held in Mackay at The Crater on November 11, 15, 16 and 18, which is a tremendous result for our region.

“We also recently entered into a three-year agreement with the Brisbane Heat to promote our region by delivering a number of Rebel Women’s Big Bash League matches in Mackay in 2021 and 2022.

“The deal will see the WBBL Brisbane Heat wear the Mackay Region logo on their sleeve in the upcoming series.

“The Heat have been regular visitors to Mackay in recent years, and this partnership will see them return to Harrup Park over the next two seasons.”

Mayor Greg Williamson said council also had a four-year agreement with the Gold Coast Suns AFLW team, which was inked in 2018, and council was looking forward to hosting them back in Mackay for a game in early 2021.

“Events like these are not only great news for sporting fans but they improve the region’s liveability and will help drive our economic recovery post-COVID,” Mayor Greg Williamson said.

“Council is proud to support these events through our Invest Mackay Events Attraction Fund, which aims to attract more visitors to our region and, in turn, generate positive economic results for our community while fostering community pride.”

To book your tickets to one of the 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL games being held in Mackay visit https://wnbl.basketball/tickets/.

Keep an eye out on council’s Facebook page for more details on upcoming sporting events in our region.