Thursday, September 21, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Mackay hosted the U16 Girls State Softball Championships from September 16-18, bringing together players, supporters, and officials from across Queensland. Ten teams from various regions, including Ipswich, Toowoomba, Coral Coast, Rockhampton, Redcliffe, Redlands, Townsville, Maryborough, Suncoast, and Mackay, competed fiercely for the championship. Redlands took out the competition playing Toowoomba in the final.
Mayor Greg Williamson expressed the city's excitement in welcoming softball enthusiasts to the region and wished all participants the best of luck. The tournament featured daily games starting at 8:00 am, with the grand finals captivating audiences on Monday, September 18th, beginning at 1:30 pm.
This event was made possible through the support of Mackay Regional Council's Invest Mackay Events and Conference Attraction Program, reinforcing their commitment to fostering sports and community engagement.
Softball Queensland CEO Ross Symonds commended the substantial turnout of teams and players in Mackay, emphasising the importance of these state championships. A state squad was selected from this event to defend the National Championships, which the Queensland U16 girls won earlier in January. Symonds also expressed his gratitude for Mackay Regional Council's financial support in making the championships a success.