Sunday, March 18, 2018

Indigenous basketball event secured for three years

David Lee October 4, 2017

MORE than 1,500 visitors will converge on Greater Shepparton as more than 100 teams take part in the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VACSAL) Basketball Classic on the long weekend in March 2018.

The event has been secured to run in the region for next three years, starting in 2018.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said hosting events such as this helps position Greater Shepparton as a leading events destination in regional Australia.

“The economic benefit of hosting the championships will see more than $1M injected into the local economy through accommodation, hospitality, retail and tourism spending. Council strives to attract the biggest and best events to Greater Shepparton to help create and support local jobs, keep businesses busy and the economy strong and this is another major coup.

“We also have recently secured the Victorian Long Course Swimming Championships on the Australia Day Long weekend, and the Shepparton Squash International event, which will return again in 2018 and 2019 in August,” Cr Adem said.

Basketball Victoria Country manager, David Huxtable said Basketball Victoria Country is thrilled to see this tournament come to the Shepparton region.

“Basketball Victoria places a high priority on inclusive basketball opportunities for all and events such as the VACSAL Basketball State Championships offer opportunities for greater participation and development outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across all levels of our pathways, from grassroots to talent identification; coach and referee development; leadership; awareness raising; and support towards building relationships.”

VACSAL CEO, Linda Bamblett said, “The spirit of inclusion and cooperation will benefit our organisation, the Victorian Aboriginal community and Shepparton community, both in terms of being mutually financially beneficial and building community engagement by providing a culturally safe environment where the Aboriginal culture can be celebrated and shared.”

Greater Shepparton Basketball Association general manager, Stacey Cole said, “In a city with such a diverse community built strongly on the Aboriginal people it is important to recognise that population and assist in providing a healthy and active community event like this one. It is extremely important to us to be in a position to have this event over a period of time allowing us to build and progress the event each year.”