HIGH HOPES: (Back, from left): Cecil Barnard (SDRC), Michael Smail, Jon Hendry, Gerard Walsh, (front) Sheryl Windle and Gail Smail at a meeting to push the Southern Downs case as a 2018 Commonwealth Games training base.
HIGH HOPES: (Back, from left): Cecil Barnard (SDRC), Michael Smail, Jon Hendry, Gerard Walsh, (front) Sheryl Windle and Gail Smail at a meeting to push the Southern Downs case as a 2018 Commonwealth Games training base. Jenny Sherrin

Push for the area to attract Commonwealth Games teams

GAMES SPORTS: Sheryl Windle is part of a Southern Downs Regional Council committee determined to bring teams to the area to train before the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

A life member of the Warwick Hockey Association, Windle said the Southern Downs was ideally placed to attract teams.

"We have the facilities to cater for visiting teams in many sports, the more the better," she said.

"After having the Australian men's hockey squad in Warwick for a camp before the 2000 Sydney Olympics, we saw the benefit to the town and sport.

"At the time, our climate was an asset and that would be the same with the Gold Coast. Our London Blue hockey surface in Warwick is equal to the best in the world."

A committee of representatives from across the regional council area is supporting the council's endeavours to attract teams.

The altitude of Stanthorpe is considered an asset to attract teams in endurance events.

Michael and Gail Smail from the Stanthorpe pool are on the committee.

"The 50-metre eight-lane Olympic pool would be ideal as a training base," Michael said.

"The Stanthorpe pool is heated and is outdoors like the games pool at Southport. There are plenty of options for cross training with the YMCA next door and closeness to the town ovals."

Michael said triathlons had been held at Storm King Dam.

"There are plenty of options for cycle and run legs with bike trails, hills and flat country and water at the dam and in the Stanthorpe pool," he said.

Shooting is one of many sports with Games-standard facilities with the Warwick Clay Target Club attracting a Games team for past training.



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