Greater Shepparton has secured the 2018 Basketball Australia U14 Girls National Club Championships thanks to a $10,000 funding boost, as well as securing the 2019 Australian Country Cricket Championships thanks to a $5,000 funding boost announced today from the Andrews Labor Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced the event is one of 31 recently locked in for the state thanks to the latest round of the Victorian Government’s $17.7 million Significant Sporting Events Program.
The 2018 Basketball Australia U14 Girls National Club Championships will be held on October 1-10 and the 2019 Australian Country Cricket Championships will be held on January 3-14 in Shepparton.
Competitors and spectators can look forward to an action-packed competition and a great atmosphere with something for everyone.
The event provides an opportunity for the people of Shepparton to showcase our local talent, sports facilities and attractions, and to enjoy the best of the best competing in our own backyard.
More than 460 events have been funded since the introduction of the program in 2010. More than half of these events were held in regional Victoria, boosting local jobs and economies.
The 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. Supported events include the National Masters Road Cycling Championships in East Gippsland, the 2018 Wheelchair Tennis Open, the 2018 Women’s Ice Hockey League Finals and the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles. Sporting events are a vital contributor to Victoria’s tourism economy which generates 214,000 jobs and more than $26.4 billion.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP
“Congratulations to the Shepparton Council for your efforts to secure these fantastic sporting events for Shepparton.”
“I encourage all locals to come along and enjoy what promises to be an action packed sports spectacle.”
“Victoria is proud to be Australia’s sporting capital. The Significant Sporting Events Program is one of the many ways the Victorian Government ensures all Victorians get to experience the benefits that sport brings and Victoria continues to attract the top sporting events from across the world. I’m proud Shepparton can be part of that.”