Hockey events to bring thousands of competitors to Queensland
23 November 2019
The Australian Masters Hockey Championships have been secured across two Queensland cities for 2020, thanks to a deal announced today by the Palaszczuk Government and Hockey Australia.
The Australian Masters Women’s Championships will bring about 40 teams to Cairns in July while the Australian Men’s Masters Championships will be held over two periods, bringing an estimated 80 teams across the 45+ to 75+ age categories in June/July and 35+ and 40+ competitions in October.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the package of events was expected to generate $7.4 million for the state’s tourism economy and generate 40,000 visitor nights across the state.
“Events help to grow our tourism industry and create jobs in Queensland – that’s what makes announcements like this so important,” she said.
“Masters competitions are lucrative events because competitors often stick around for a holiday.
“These events will provide a great boost for local hotels, restaurants and the retail sector, ultimately supporting local jobs.
“Queensland has a high-profile as a major sporting event host.
“It’s great to see the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games continue strongly, with the Gold Coast Hockey Centre – a venue built by the government for the Commonwealth Games - to play host to the two men’s Championships.
“Securing the 2020 package of events comes hot off the heels from hosting three major hockey events in 2018 and 2019, a deal that was secured directly as a result of the Commonwealth Games infrastructure being available.
“When it comes to major events, the Palaszczuk Government has the runs on the board. We’ve more than doubled the value of Queensland’s major events portfolio since 2015, with a calendar that has generated $800 million in 2019.
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said today’s announcement was a win for the tourism industry on the Coast.
“Tourism is vital to jobs growth on the Gold Coast. We know that events like this are crucial to supporting our tourism sector,” she said.
“We will always back events that will deliver a strong return for businesses and help to safeguard local jobs – the Australian Masters will do just that.”
Member for Cairns Michael Healy welcomed today’s announcement.
“Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and home to the ancient wet tropics rainforest,” he said.
“Our natural assets and world-class tourism industry ensure a spectacular visit. We also have world class sporting facilities, not only for the citizens of our city but for important visiting groups like the Australian Masters Hockey athletes.
“We understand the importance of events to our economy. We want to share this place with more tourists from around Australia and the world. Events help us do that while supporting local jobs and delivering a strong return for businesses in our city.”
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate welcomed the news.
“We are delighted to have secured yet another significant sporting event for our city, especially one to be held at a Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games legacy venue,” Mr Tate said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our city to again take centre stage as a key player in hosting major national sporting events.”
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said it was a great opportunity for Cairns to again be showcased to a national audience.
“I am sure those visiting our city will be delighted with what we have to offer,” Mr Manning said.
“While Cairns is well known as being the gateway to the reef and the rainforest, in recent years the city has also become a destination of choice for sports tourism and large participation sporting events.
“We know from hosting the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games earlier this year that these competitions are well received by competitors, and there are significant benefits to our local economy.
“We look forward to welcoming the competitors, officials and other associated visitors, and on behalf of the city extend a warm welcome and hope you they get a chance to see what Cairns has to offer.”
Hockey Australia CEO Matt Favier expressed his appreciation to Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), City of Gold Coast, and Cairns Regional Council for their support and interest in hosting the events.
“On behalf of Hockey Australia, we thank TEQ and the respective councils and hockey associations for partnering and working together to bring both the Women’s and Men’s Masters to Queensland next year,” said Favier.
“The Masters continues to get bigger every year which reflects how popular it is among our hockey community.
“I am sure the competitors will have a magnificent time at the respective cities and hockey facilities, and that all parties will reap the benefits of these championships which are the largest annual hockey events for the year in terms of participation.”
Australian Women’s Masters Hockey Championships 2020
Wednesday 1 July – Saturday 11 July 2020
Australian Men’s Masters Hockey Championships 2020 (45+ to 75+)
Gold Coast, Queensland
Friday 27 June – Sunday 12 July 2020
Australian Men’s Masters Hockey Championships 2020 (35+ and 40+)
Gold Coast, Queensland
Thursday 1 October – Saturday 10 October 2020