Shepparton will soon play host to top sporting action with two sporting associations receiving funding – thanks to the Victorian Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that Cycling Victoria and Target Rifle Victoria will receive a grant to host their major events in 2021, as follows:
- Target Rifle Victoria – 2021 Target Rifle Australia National Championships
The national championships is a premier target rifle event in Australia and as a national selection event.
The event to be held from 31 March – 5 April 2021 will attract members of the Australian shooting and training squads, with over 100 competitors, 50 coaches and support staff expected to attend, including athletes whom have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and will use the championships as a warm-up event. The Target Rifle Australia forum will also be held in conjunction with the event.
- Cycling Victoria – 2021 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships
The championships involve competitions in four disciplines – road racing, time trails, team time trials and criterium – and is the premier road racing event for young cyclists in Australia.
The event will be held between 23 – 25 September 2021 and is expected to attract approximately 200 riders plus 150 coaches and support staff. The championships are a key event in the selection of riders for state institute scholarships and National Road Series teams. It also incorporates a Coach Development Seminar, Officiating Traineeships, Junior Development Clinics and Parent Learning and Development Clinics. The Greater Shepparton City Council is supporting the delivery of the event and has also contributed funding to Cycling Australia.
The Victorian Government’s $17.7 million Significant Sporting Events Program supports organisations to deliver sporting events that are national or international in focus or have regional significance and are recognised by a relevant sporting body.
These events bring competitors, officials and supporters to our communities, stimulate the local economy, and inspire more people to stay active and healthy through sport.
Since December 2014, the Significant Sporting Events Program has secured more than 400 events for Victoria, of which more than half are in regional Victoria, boosting local jobs and economies.
The program is part of the Andrews Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, and to encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.
For information on the Significant Sporting Events Program, go to: www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/significant-sporting-events-program
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“I’m delighted the Victorian Government is helping bring the best cycling and target rifle sports participants to the Shepparton region. It gives us the opportunity to showcase our wonderful facilities and location to the rest of Australia.”
“These major events will bring many visitors to the region – pumping dollars through the local economy and supporting local jobs and hospitality venues.”
“I urge the community to come along and enjoy this action-packed event right in our own backyard.”