Cham­pi­onship coup for Yar­ra­wonga

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

In a coup for the Yar­ra­wonga com­mu­nity, the Vic­to­rian Bare­foot Water­ski Club has re­ceived fund­ing from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment to host the 2019 Aus­tralia Bare­foot Water­ski Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria, Mark Gepp an­nounced the event would be on March 11 to 17 sup­ported by the gov­ern­ment’s Sig­nif­i­cant Sport­ing Events Pro­gram.

The na­tional cham­pi­onships in­clude ju­nior, open and se­nior di­vi­sions, with com­peti­tors pro­gress­ing from lo­cal events and state cham­pi­onships.

The cham­pi­onships are a path­way for se­lec­tion to com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney in 2020.

Mr Gepp said the event would have a huge eco­nomic and so­cial im­pact on the town and help put Yar­ra­wonga and the Moira re­gion on the map.

‘‘The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment is proud to bring the best bare­foot wa­ter-skiers to Yar­ra­wonga. It gives us the op­por­tu­nity to show­case our won­der­ful fa­cil­i­ties and lo­ca­tion to the rest of Aus­tralia,’’ he said.

The $17.7 mil­lion Sig­nif­i­cant Sport­ing Events Pro­gram sup­ports or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­liver na­tional or in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events in fo­cus or have re­gional sig­nif­i­cance and are recog­nised by a rel­e­vant sport­ing body.

More than 300 events have been funded through the gov­ern­ment’s the pro­gram, with more than half held in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

The events bring com­peti­tors, of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers to our com­mu­ni­ties and stim­u­late the lo­cal econ­omy.

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