Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Goals Will Be Achieved at the Oceania Cup

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Goals Will Be Achieved at the Oceania Cup

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Aspire CQ

Warren Acutt

IN TWO weeks, Central Queensland's biggest sporting event will commence.

So why did Rockhampton bid for the 2019 Oceania Cup, which features the men's and women's teams from global hockey giants Australia and New Zealand?

An international sporting spotlight will be shining on Rockhampton for the five-day tournament, especially as the Australian and NZ male and female teams are all ranked in the top eight in the world, with the Australian men being No.1.

That will certainly provide positive exposure of the region and lead to future visitation.

There are also the immediate economic benefits - local accommodation providers alone will get a $180,000 shot in the arm just from the visiting players and officials. Then there are the out-of-town spectators, who will also be spending money on food, transport and entertainment.

Of course what better way to show off the new Olympic-standard field than by hosting an Olympic Games qualifying tournament? It will help make a stronger statement about Rockhampton's ability to host a 2032 Olympic Games event should Queensland's bid be successful.

Not having to travel to see an international sporting fixture should also prove a winner with all local sports fans, especially junior hockey players.

That was the most important reason Rockhampton made a bid, and should continue to bid for the big events. They can inspire our youth to see and hear that it is possible for regional Queensland kids to make it to the very top if they want to put in the effort.

Arguably, there is no greater testament to this locally than the five national representatives Rockhampton Hockey has produced, including two who have been judged by their peers as the best player in the world - former Australian captain Mark Knowles and five-time International Player of the Year, Jamie Dwyer.

However, with Rockhampton hosting the Oceania Cup it means regional Queensland juniors don't just have to look to the past for inspiration. …

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