On track to host star athletes
Sports park gets facelift
THE Townsville Sports Reserve could host national athletic teams from all over the world leading up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, after the facility underwent a $ 700,000 makeover.
The ageing track and field surfaces have now been renovated to ensure the sports reserve maintained its international standard, with funding coming from the State Government.
The $ 700,000 upgrade came in under budget with the original allocation committing up to $ 1.2 million.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, Coralee O’Rourke, and Townsville state Labor MP Scott Stewart made the an-
It’s great to see we are giving more opportunities to people far and
nouncement while at the Challenge Games, a unique sports event that focuses on providing participation opportunities for students with a disability.
“Part of the track upgrade will also allow countries to train here prior to the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr Stewart said.
“That will mean we get high calibre athletes coming here using our international standard facility, and then what we want to do is encourage those athletes to work with our students and athletes here to build their capacity as well.”
Mrs O’Rourke said the 14year- old track needed to be upgraded for events such as the Challenge Games.
“The two- day Challenge Games gives opportunities to kids with a disability to compete and participate in a really fun environment,” she said.
“It’s very close to my heart, particularly as Minister for Disabilities and to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they receive an award, and to share that with their school is really heart- warming.
“The government has reinvested $ 700,00 into the track, and after 14 years it well and truly needed a facelift.
“It’s great to see we are giving more opportunities to people far and wide.”
About 15 events have been held on the new track since the upgrade in mid- July.