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Mackay to host basketball championships

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Two basketball championships are set to come to Mackay in 2021 and 2021.

The Queensland Government says a two-year agreement with Basketball Australia will see Mackay host the Under 20 Australian Junior Basketball Championships and Ivor Burge Championships for open-age players.

The events are expected to bring $2.7 million to the local economy through accomodation, transport, tourism operators and cafe's.

Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert says we'll be a hub this year from May 3 to 7.

“Over the two-years, bringing basketball to Mackay is estimated to generate up to 19,000 visitor nights for the region and support jobs," Ms Gilbert says.

“The residents of Mackay will get to watch Basketball Australia’s stars of the future in action and showcase our beautiful region.

“For players, there’s much to enjoy off-court from the southern Great Barrier Reef to fishing, hiking and the wallabies at sunrise at Cape Hillsborough.

“It’s our own slice of Queensland paradise and we can’t wait to extend a warm welcome to the basketball community.”

Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the two-year agreement between Tourism and Events Queensland, Basketball Australia and Mackay Regional Council would see 20 teams compete in 85 games at the Multisport Stadium during May.

“Mackay will host the men’s and women’s Under 20 Australian Junior Championships and Ivor Burge Championships for open-age players with an intellectual disability the first time from 3-7 May 2021, and host the championships again in 2022,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“These are state, amateur representative teams featuring the best young basketball talent and support crews staying in Mackay for the duration of the competition."