Warwick Polocrosse scores Queensland Sport recognition
THE unwavering passion of the Warwick polocrosse community was recognised this week when the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup was nominated as a finalist for Queensland Sport Event of the Year.
The event took the amateur sport to the world stage, welcoming 60,000 visitors to the Southern Downs while streaming online to 15 countries.
Warwick Polocrosse Club chairman Les Fraser said he didn't realise how big the event would be until he stepped onto the grounds of Morgan Park that first night.
"I figured there had to be thousands of people there, it was huge!"
"And I thought, well, if it's starting off like this, the numbers are only going to grow, and we'll be sure to hit our target."
The chairman estimated more than 16,000 hours of volunteer work went into the world class event and said the outcome was a true community effort.
"Over the years the Warwick club and its members and myself have put a lot into the improvement of polocrosse as a sport," he said.
"It's amazing to see it being recognised at that level.
"It's a wonderful thing for polocrosse."
But it was also a wonderful thing for Robyn Fraser, who was nominated as a finalist for the Queensland Sport Volunteer of the Year, and Mr Fraser, who was personally awarded the Service to Sport Award.
Mr Fraser said he was thrilled to hear the news last week and looked forward to representing his community in Brisbane for the awards ceremony on November 30.
For 57 years, Mr Fraser has played and advocated for the horse sport as a fun, family activity.
"It's a great family sport and we have first, second and third generations playing and competing together," he said.
"I'm passionate about having something there for our young people to be able to continue on."
Mr Fraser anticipates the recognition will help Polocrosse to grow in worldwide popularity.
"We need all the publicity and all the help we can get," he said.
"This is just one way to get recognised among all the professional sports."