The 2019 Glencore Great Western Games kick off this Friday with an
opening ceremony at the Mount Isa Hockey Fields at 5.45pm.
The games are held once every two years and involve centres along the Overlanders Way, from Mount Isa to Charters Towers.
At this year’s Games, Mount Isa will host the cycling, hockey, lawn bowls, pistol shooting, duathlon, mountain biking, dragon boating, trail run/walk, and motocross events.
Other events will take place in Charters Towers, Richmond or Hughenden – including the Porcupine Gorge Challenge, and Stamford Foot Races.
“One of the great things about the Great Western Games is how it fosters community spirit and strengthens ties between the towns along the entire Overlanders Way,” Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch said.
“Events such as these really benefit the social fabric and strengthen the resilience of our region, so I urge people to get out there and support the sporting events when they’re being held here.”
The opening ceremony will include a march past, official welcome, acknowledgement of country, speeches, novelty events, and high-speed men’s and women’s hockey demonstration games.
The ambassador of the Games, former NRL player Neville Costigan, will be joined by North Queensland Sports Foundation chief executive officer Stephen Farrell, Olympic hockey gold medallist and former Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles, and various dignitaries.
Mr Knowles will also be holding hockey coaching clinics while he’s in Mount Isa and his visit was organised by the Mount Isa Hockey Association.
The closing ceremony will be held on June 30 at Lake Moondarra, after the dragon boating and trail walk/run events.
For more information, visit https://nqsports.com.au/our-events/2019-glencore-great-western-games/sports/