Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Local Sporting Clubs Unite; New Home at Rocky Sports Club

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Local Sporting Clubs Unite; New Home at Rocky Sports Club

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Byline: Leighton Smith Leighton.Smith@capnews.com.au

TALKING with the founder of Rocky Sports Club, it's almost impossible not to be swept up in his vision of uniting Rockhampton region's sporting clubs under the same roof.

The philosophy is simple, instead of small sporting clubs struggling to be noticed and advance their agenda, they'll band together as a united group under the one roof in a spirit of cooperation to advance the interests of all local sporting codes.

Rocky Sports Club was the brain child of born and bred Rockhampton local Gavin and his wife Tanya Shuker, who won the tender for the vacant CQ Leagues Club last September and wanted to give local sporting clubs in the community a somewhere to call home.

"I'm chairman of Queensland Touch at the present time and I just see all the time individual sports fighting individually rather than together," Mr Shuker said.

"The idea was to see if we could band together with a few sporting clubs, for them to have a place to call home, to have their meetings and functions here, to be a club of the community.

"We were thinking eight or so to start off with and then its gone and really hit a nerve in the community and kind of caught on fire."

He said there were so many clubs, events and associations that were just "screaming for a home, just want to call a place home".

Last Saturday, Mr Shuker threw open the doors of the Lions Creek Rd venue welcoming in sporting team representatives and local political dignitaries including Senator Matt Canavan, Rockhampton MP Barry O'Rourke, Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow and RRC councillors to explain to them the concept behind Rocky Sports Club.

He was expecting about 80 people to attend, what he got was 280 people cramming in to hear what he had to say.

"We've had 20 sporting clubs sign up already and there was another 12 to 15 that were here on the weekend having a bit of a look, it looks like over half of them will sign up," he said.

"In the end we'll look at having over 30 sporting clubs and associations that are signed up to be a part of the Rocky Sports Club."

These sporting clubs included netball, softball, rugby league, touch, swimming, darts, bowls, dragon boating, canoeing, cycling, road running, triathlon, squash, tennis, basketball and others. …

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