Cobram-Barooga to host Tri-State Games in 2020
The Tri-State Games are on their way to Cobram-Barooga and Yarrawonga.
Sportsmen and women with disabilities will descend on the towns, coming from far and wide to compete in the games.
Cobram Barooga Business and Tourism Inc, Berrigan and Moira shires, Barooga Sporties and Valley Sport recently announced the 2020 and 2021 Tri-State Games will be held in the region.
CBBT chairman Don Rudd said the games were an award-winning week-long sporting competition for people with disabilities from South Australia, Victoria and NSW.
‘‘The games are held in early November each year and attract up to 300 athletes, plus around 100 coaches and family and support staff,’’ Rudd said.
‘‘The CBBT committee is working hard to bring events to the region and this one will benefit the whole community in a variety of ways.’’
First held in 1986 in Mildura, the games have been held in various venues from Victor Harbour to Wodonga.
Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan said it was a great cross-border effort to make a successful pitch for this event that would see the whole region buzzing for a full week of competition.
‘‘It’s great there a cross border relationship with Moira and Berrigan has worked together to bring the Tri-State games to Cobram Barooga.
‘‘There will be some amount of economic benefit to our area plus it will also be an opportunity to promote our area as very inclusive.
‘‘Nearly 300 athletes will come to the region, 100 coaches plus the families, friends and support staff and don’t forget they’re here for five days.
‘‘The work CBBT is doing is fantastic to be able to bring sports tourism to our area and business activity will be great moving forward.
‘‘It’s been a very cooperative effort between Berrigan Shire, Moira Shire and CBBT. And the fact we can come together to promote our region is fantastic.’’
The games will begin with an opening ceremony that includes a street parade and the raising of the Tri-State Games flag.
Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica said one of the main attractions of the Tri-State Games was it offered an opportunity for people with a disability to participate in competitive sporting activities.
‘‘Our local athletes have been very supportive of the Tri-State Games in the past, travelling to Horsham in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and Murray Bridge in 2013 and 2014 and they will soon be heading to Port Adelaide in November this year,’’ he said.