Sports event boost for city
THE population of the Warwick area will rise by more than 2000 late next week when the horse power capital of Australia hots up with state karting and polocrosse championships.
Warwick Karting Club life member Gary Sinkins said the club was expecting 400 drivers in town for the June 29 – July 3 Queensland Open Karting Championships.
“Most are staying in Warwick. I know some committee members of the Warwick club who live out of town couldn’t get motel accommodation,” Mr Sinkins said.
Official practice is on Wednesday and Thursday next week with qualifying on Friday.
The first championship races are on the Friday and will be held all weekend.
Cunningham Polocrosse Club members will be out in force this weekend at a working bee in preparation for the Queensland Zone Polocrosse Championships on July 2–3 at the Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve.
The championships are held every second year.
Cunningham president Bill Kerr said he expected between 50 and 60 teams from as far north as Townsville.
“We would like to think we will get four teams from interstate,” Mr Kerr said.
“I expect more than 1000 people will be in the area for the carnival.”
The host club has 10 players lining up in south-east teams, including Roly Slack-Smith who won gold in the Pan Pacific Masters Games polocrosse at Bony Mountain last year.
Slack-Smith also played for Queensland in the mixed masters at Ballarat.
Team nominations for the polocrosse close early next week.
Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott said horse and motor sports were key drivers of the Warwick tourism economy.
“Both have the capacity to drive up visitor numbers and support our regional economy,” she said.
“The State Government announcement last week of a major boost in Queensland Events funding is great news. We want to see not just our organisation, but other organisations trying to grab a slice of the events pie,” Mrs Vellacott said.
“While we are not running Indy and a grand prix, the value of events to this community cannot be underestimated.”