Co­bram-Ba­rooga to host Tri-State Games in 2020

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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.

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