World Cricket eyes off the Sunshine Coast: Beattie

Major cricketing nations this week will be putting the Sunshine Coast through its paces in the lead up to next year’s Air New Zealand Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival, Premier Peter Beattie said today.

"Tomorrow (Wednesday) representatives from New Zealand, South Africa, USA/Canada and Australia begin two days of meetings and site inspections on the Sunshine Coast," he said.

“They will undertake inspections across the Caloundra, Maroochy and Noosa regions as the Coast provides a glimpse of what’s in store for participants in the 2004 Festival.

On Wednesday night, Festival Ambassador Allan Border will join with the CEO of Queensland Events, Michael Denton, and the Caloundra, Maroochydore and Noosa Mayors in welcoming the Golden Oldies Cricket representatives to the Sunshine Coast.

The Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival will take to the fields of the Sunshine Coast 4-11 September 2004.

"It is anticipated that more than 1200 national and international participants will take part in the weeklong Festival (September 4 – 11, 2004) reinforcing the Sunshine Coast’s status as a major events-tourism destination for Queensland.

"This event could not have been secured without a partnership between the Queensland Government's Queensland Events Corporation, Maroochy Shire Council, Caloundra City Council, Noosa Shire Council (including Tourism Noosa), and Tourism Sunshine Coast.

"The councils and tourism organisations are to be congratulated for collaborating to deliver this quality international event."

Mr Beattie said the Sunshine Coast's success in gaining this event reflects its increasing profile as a venue for international events.

Golden Oldies World Festivals are held every two years for senior sports enthusiasts in different international destinations.

"The Festivals are renowned for their spirit of fun, friendship and fraternity and the Cricket Festival in 2004 – being played on fields from Tewantin to Caloundra - promises to advance the tradition," said Mr Beattie.

The Festival offers a week of cricket and social activities combined with the opportunity to make new friends in the spectacular setting of the Sunshine Coast.

The Festival, which was secured for Queensland by the State Government’s Queensland Events Corporation, will provide a major tourism boost for the Sunshine Coast.

"Organisers are expecting participants aged between 40 and '80ish' to take part."

Queensland has hosted many Golden Oldies World Festivals over the years including Hockey in 1999 (Brisbane), Netball in 2002 (Gold Coast) and Rugby in May this year (Brisbane). 

For more information about registering a team for the Air NZ Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival call +64 (9) 366 6950(NZ) visit the website www.goldenoldiessports.com or call Queensland Events on +61 (7) 3222 1000.

September 30, 2003

Contacts:    
Premiers Office (07) 3224 4500
Queensland Events (07) 3222 1028 or 0419 509 509

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PHOTO/FILMING OPPORTUNITY

What:  The four international Golden Oldies Cricket representatives discovering the Sunshine Coast:
Phil Boyes, New Zealand  
Dennis Carlstein, South Africa
Cliff Cox, USA/Canada  
Frank O’Dwyer, Australia

When: 12.30 – 1.30pm Wednesday 1 October
Where: Pool Deck, Outrigger Hotel Mooloolaba.
More info: Sherridan Emery Ph 0414 279997

Sherridan Emery for Queensland Events
Ph: 0414 279997 / (07) 3379 2075