Tri-state games in Yar­ra­wonga

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES -

Moira Shire in con­junc­tion with Co­bram Ba­rooga Busi­ness and Tourism Inc. (CBBT) Ber­ri­gan Shire and Ba­rooga Spor­ties and Val­ley Sport are thrilled to an­nounce that the 2020 and 2021 Tri-State games will be held in Yar­ra­wonga and Co­bram Ba­rooga.

CBBT Chair­man, Don Rudd said “The TriS­tate Games are an award win­ning week­long sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties from South Aus­tralia, Vic­to­ria and New South Wales.

“The games are held in early Novem­ber each year and at­tract up to 300 ath­letes, plus around 100 coaches and fam­ily and sup­port staff.

“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.

One of the main at­trac­tions of the Tri State Games is that it of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple with a pro­found dis­abil­ity to par­tic­i­pate in com­pet­i­tive sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in a friendly and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

“Our lo­cal ath­letes have been very sup­port­ive of the Tri-State Games in the past, trav­el­ling to Hor­sham in 2015/16 and 17 and Mur­ray Bridge in 2013 and 2014 and they will soon be head­ing to Port Ade­laide in Novem­ber this year” said Moira Shire Mayor, Cr Li­bro Mus­tica.

“We hope they will be ex­cited to wel­come their fel­low ath­letes to our re­gion” he added.

The Tri State Games pro­vides dis­abil­ity aware­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties to the com­mu­nity host­ing the games. Com­mu­nity aware­ness is gen­er­ated through the train­ing and in­clu­sion of lo­cal vol­un­teers, sport­ing and ser­vice clubs and com­mu­nity groups.

The games be­gin with an open­ing cer­e­mony that in­cludes a street pa­rade through the cen­tre of town and the rais­ing of the Tri State Games flag.

Mayor of Ber­ri­gan Shire, Cr. Matt Han­nan said “it was a great cross bor­der ef­fort to make a suc­cess­ful pitch for this event that will see the whole re­gion buzzing for a full week of com­pe­ti­tion.

“This early an­nounce­ment will give ev­ery­one in­volved from vol­un­teer groups to our main street traders and ac­com­mo­da­tion providers time to pre­pare and of­fer the ath­letes and their fam­i­lies a truly mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mel Pinn (C Grade best and fairest) and Maddy Stan­ton (B Grade best and fairest).

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