Thursday, February 9, 2023

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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

SPORTS EXPO TO KICK OFF THIS SUNDAY AT THE MECC

THE JET Maintenance Services Sports Expo and Sign-on will return to the MECC this weekend for the first time since 2020.

More than 80 local clubs will be 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 after COVID-19 caused the event to go online only for the past two years.

“The 2023 event will be action packed, with the crowd favourite mascot race, 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 north foyer and south foyer and interactive activities outside,” he said.

“Some of the outdoor activities near the north foyer will include a scouts’ rope bridge and fastest-serve tennis.

“In an effort to make the event more inclusive and accessible, we'll also have a relaxed session, quiet-hour, from noon to 1pm.

“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 Maintenance Services is our naming rights sponsor for the first time this year and to celebrate they are giving away $1000 to one of the clubs.”

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

One person who nominated their favourite club will also win an EvaKool Icebox esky, 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 sponsor of the active zone in the MECC plenary halls.

Other sponsors for the event include media partners 4MK, Star 101.9 and Channel 7 and in-kind sponsor Brand Factor.

The event will be held Sunday, February 12, from 9am to 1pm, with Star 101.9 broadcasting live.

For more information, visit the JET Maintenance Services Sports Expo and Sign-on page on council's website.

Image: Active Zone demonstration by Queensland Taekwondo Academy at the 2022 Sports Expo

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