Wednesday, January 24, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Sporting And Community Expo

Celebrating the ninth annual Whitsunday Sports Expo, organisers are opening the doors to more than just sports, inviting all other local groups to participate in this vibrant community event.

Held at the Whitsunday Sportspark, the Expo has established a reputation for bringing a wide variety of community groups together, offering each club a platform to connect with potential members.

From swimming to basketball, the annual Whitsunday Triathlon Festival, ball sports such as netball, water sports such as sailing and combat sports such as Karate – almost any local active club is represented at the Expo.

To complement this already extensive range, it is hoped this year will include representation from an even more diverse range of groups.

From Bridge Clubs to promote an all-ages approach or other groups that focus on all-ability activities – everyone is welcome to join in and promote positive connection in our community.

“It’s all about activities in our community,” said Justin Butler, event coordinator.

“It’s about getting off the screens and really connecting with each other, promoting social interaction and keeping busy.”

There are almost 40 different groups signed-up to participate at the Expo already and Justin says he is happy to take more registrations over the coming week.

“Everyone is welcome, and we are happy to accommodate!” he said.

During the event attendees can talk to stall holders and discover more about the club.

This provides a great opportunity to discover the time of training sessions or club nights, also any time commitments required so you can work out how your new hobby will fit into your schedule.

By chatting to the club representatives, you can also find out whether the sport or group is suited to you.

The Expo is an interactive event where everyone can explore and try their hand at certain sports – touch a real sailing dinghy, hit a tennis ball, or sit on a stationary motorbike – your new passion could be ignited with this one experience!

With the café open all day there will be tea, coffee, and drinks for sale, along with pies and sausages.

The Shaved Cone van will also be present, providing ice-cold treats for the kids and kids at heart on what is promising to be another hot summer’s day.

WHAT: Whitsunday Sports Expo

WHERE: Whitsunday Sports Park

WHEN: Saturday, February 3 from 9am – 1pm

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