Sports Expo returns to the MECC with new name

Published: 02 Dec 2022

Our region’s annual sports expo is ushering in a new era in 2023.

Restricted to an online event since COVID-19 threw us a curve ball in 2020, 2023 will see this amazing event return to the MECC with a new naming rights sponsor – JET Maintenance Services.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the JET Maintenance Services Sports Expo and Sign-on would feature more than 100 interactive sport and recreation booths.

“We are also bringing back all the crowd-favourite events – the mascot race, live active zone demonstrations and all the prizes, like nominate your favourite club and random draws,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Applications for a free booth at the event are currently open and we encourage local clubs, groups and organisations to get in quick to secure their spot,” he said.

“The JET Maintenance Services Sports Expo and Sign-on will run from 9am to 1pm, Sunday, February 12, 2023. In an effort to make this event more inclusive and accessible, we'll also have a relaxed session from noon to 1pm.”

Booth registrations close midnight, December 11.

JET Group General Manager Shayne Ritchings said they were excited to partner with council to bring this important event to the community.

“Jet Group are a very proud local business, with a long history of sponsoring local sporting clubs,” Mr Ritchings said.

“Supporting the Sports Expo is a great opportunity for us to broaden our support of grass roots sports in the Mackay region,” he said.

“The benefits of playing sport and belonging to a club or team are extensive – not only is it great for fitness and mental health, but the social benefits and personal-development outcomes are huge.

“The JET Maintenance Services team are looking forward to coming along on the day and having a crack at as many different sports as we can.”

Other sponsors for the event include returning silver sponsor Harrup Park Country Club, BrandFactor and media partners 4MK, Star 101.9 and Channel 7.

For more information and to register your club or group for the expo, visit council's website.