GREATER Shepparton Basketball Association (GSBA) was last week announced to play host to the Australian Under-14 Girls Club Championships in 2018.
The tournament will be held at the Shepparton Sports Stadium and will be the first time Shepparton has hosted an U14s, not having hosted an Australian championship since the U16 championships in 2000.
Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott said, “This will be a great opportunity for our region to showcase Greater Shepparton on a national scale, further enhancing our profile as a leading major event destination in regional Australia.
“This event also helps to enhance our reputation of hosting major basketball events, having already hosted the Basketball Victoria Country championships on a number of occasions along with one of the biggest junior participation events in the Greater Shepparton Basketball Association annual tournament each December.
“The national event will see around 1,000 players and families converge on Greater Shepparton for a week, which will be a great boost to our business and visitor economy sectors,” Mr Harriott said.
GSBA general manager, Stacey Cole said, “In partnership with the Greater Shepparton City Council, we are excited about this event coming to Shepparton in 2018.
“This event enhances our already strong history of hosting Basketball Victoria, Basketball Victoria Country and Basketball Australia events and the GSBA is looking forward to ensuring that each and every athlete and visitor has an amazing experience in Shepparton.”