Thursday, February 1, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life


Mackay's biggest sport and recreation sign-on event is just over a week away.

The JET Group Mackay Sport and Rec Expo will have more than 100 clubs on display, creating a one-stop-shop of sport and recreation opportunities.

Mayor Greg Williamson said it was exciting to be back at the MECC for the second year in a row, after COVID-19 caused the event to go online-only for 2021 and 2022.

“This year’s event will be action packed, with a range of active zone demonstrations and all the usual prizes and competitions, such as nominate your favourite club and random draws,” Mayor Williamson said.

“The expo will include dozens of interactive booths, two active zone areas in the south foyer and interactive activities outside,” he said. 

“The outdoor activities will include a Scouts’ rope bridge, dragonboat paddling, woodchopping and lawn bowls. 

“In an effort to make the event more inclusive and accessible, we'll also have a relaxed session at the start of the event.

“We included the relaxed session at last year’s event, but it has been brought forward this year to an earlier time, 9am to 10am, to make it more accessible. 

“The relaxed session is for people who appreciate a quieter environment. The doors to the MECC will be opened, lights turned down and sound levels kept to a minimum.

“JET Group Mackay have really picked up the ball and run with it, taking on the naming rights sponsorship for the second year in a row.

“To celebrate they are giving away $1000 to one of the clubs on display.

“Those attending are encouraged to nominate their favourite club at the event for a chance to win.”

One person who nominates their favourite club will also win a large trolley cooler bag, valued at $99, thanks to in-kind sponsor Brand Factor.

Harrup Park Country Club and its Great Barrier Reef Arena have come onboard again this year as a bronze sponsor.

Other sponsors for the event include media partners Star 101.9, 4MK and Channel 7.

The event will be held Sunday, February 11, from 9am to 1pm, with Star 101.9 broadcasting live.

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What: JET Group Mackay Sport and Rec Expo

When: Sunday, February 11, from 9am to 1pm

Where: The MECC

Tickets: Free entry


JET Group Mackay is the proud naming rights sponsor for the 2024 event once again, and to celebrate they are giving away $2000 to local clubs!

1. SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO COMPETITION - sport and recreation clubs
Local sport and recreation clubs who have registered for the JET Group Mackay Sport and Rec Expo can enter to win a $1000 cheque for their club!

> How to enter:
Create a short video to show how excited your club would be if you win, what you would spend the $1000 on and share it on social media. When sharing your video remember to include the hashtag in your social media post #mackaysportexpo. It’s recommended to email to let them know, so they can find your entry. Feel free to be as creative as you like and use the video to showcase your club, members and facilities.

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