Tatiara District Council has won the bid to host the 2020 South Australian Masters Games.
Sports SA Partnership Manager Craig Victory said the Tatiara had been chosen due to the its unique environs, beautiful surrounds and infrastructure and the Tatiara’s ability to draw in massive crowds for big international events.
“I encourage our sporting masters to join us once again at the Masters Games in Tatiara,” he said.
“Please take the opportunity to visit Boredertown, Keith, Mundulla, Padthaway, Willalooka and Wolseley in the Tatiara region, enjoy the local hospitality and be a part of the 2020 South Australian Masters Games.”
The 2020 South Australian Masters Games will be held from Thursday April 16 through to Monday April 20, 2020.
Tatiara District Council director of corporate and community services Kingsley Green said hosting an event such as the Masters Games would have ongoing benefits to the community and significantly impact for the tourism.
“They said our application was outstanding and that we are offering a country experience and amazing facilities,” he said.
“We challenged the people who said we wouldn’t get it – we have both the skills and the leadership and we got it!”
“We can probably pump in half a million dollars into the community. We should keep doing these sorts of things. Let’s take them on and see what we can embrace.”
Tatiara District Council CEO Anne Champness said the games would attract over 1000 competitors to the region.
“It’s a multi-sport event that can cover as many as 32 different sports over three to ten days,” she said.
“It will create a great economic boost for the region but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to showcase our district.”
Ms Champness said the event would appeal to regional competitors and many passionate Master’s athletes who travel far and wide for their sporting events.
“Our location means that we can also attract competitors from Victoria. We have great sporting facilities and a community that has hosted many successful events, ranging from arts to sports, from the State of a Warrior to the Keith Diesel and Dirt Derby with more than 11,000 people attending.”