Council supports Commonwealth Games athletes
  • Monday 27 July 2009

In its bid to actively encourage physical activity across the region, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council has joined forces with local charity Advance Sports Sunshine Coast to support athletes all the way to Commonwealth Games level.

As part of the new partnership, council will officially sponsor the 2010 Senior and Junior Sports Star of the Year Encouragement Award.

Advance Sports awards are Queensland’s best and give our local athletes and sports the chance of being recognised by their peers.

Council’s sponsorship will be officially announced on 31 July 2009 at the Advance Sports Charity Golf Day at Peregian Springs Golf Club. The event is the major fundraiser for the Sunshine Coast Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams with Perry Crosswhite, CEO Commonwealth Games Association, attending the event.

Council will show its support for local athletes in achieving their dream of competing at the Commonwealth Games in India by presenting Perry Crosswhite with a brochure encompassing the Sunshine Coast’s many sporting facilities that could host as Commonwealth Games sports and training grounds.

Cr Jenny McKay, Council’s Community Policy and Programs portfolio holder, said the sponsorship was a good way for council to meet its aim of encouraging locals to live active lifestyles.

“Council has chosen to sponsor Advance Sports Sunshine Coast as the organisation’s aim to “foster, promote and encourage sport” encapsulates council’s aim of promoting Active and Healthy Communities.”

Advance Sports Sunshine Coast has a long history of supporting sport, particularly youth in sport, in the region since 1968. Now affiliated, Advance Sports is the only organisation of its kind in Queensland. It distributes about $50,000 annually to local athletes, judged by merit-based selection criteria and location within the region.

“Council is proud to be on board as a sponsor of Advance Sports Sunshine Coast and congratulates them for their ongoing support of the Sunshine Coast Junior and Senior Sports Stars,” Cr McKay said