Athletics North Queensland is pleased to announce that the Mackay Regional Council will be the Major Partner and Host of the 2023 North Queensland Championships

The North Queensland Championships, which is the largest regional athletics Championships in Australia, will see athletes head to Mackay from the 22nd – 24th  of September 2023, bringing in over 800 athletes and 150 volunteers for three days of action.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said having Mackay as the host city in 2023 was an amazing opportunity and a testament to the world-class nature of the Mackay ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Complex).

He said Mackay Regional Council, through its Invest Mackay Event and Conference Attraction Program, had worked hard to secure the event, which was expected to generate about $1.5 million for the local economy.

“To be able to boast facilities that put us on an even playing field with the capital cities of the Oceania region is a huge coup for Mackay,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We look forward to welcoming athletes from across Australia and hope they take the time to enjoy some of our region’s must-do activities – like see a platypus at Eungella, meet the Cape Hillsborough wallabies on the beach at sunrise or simply enjoy a meal in our City Centre,” he said.

The 2023 edition of the Championships aims to maximise athlete opportunities and highlight athletes’ performances.

The North Queensland Athletics Championships has had a strong history, holding successful championships since first established in 1957. Attracting and supporting all ages and abilities, from club to world champions. These championships have been hosted by multiple cities/towns in North Queensland. The Championships also act as the qualifying event for North Queensland school-based athletes competing in the North Queensland Team at the 2023 Australian All Schools Championships. This is the pinnacle event for secondary school-based athletes across the country..

Athletics North Queensland President, Shane Watson, is looking forward to the Championships in Mackay, “Mackay has proven itself to host major sporting events, including athletics competitions, over the past few years, and we are pleased to be working with the Mackay Regional Council as the major partner and sponsor of the Championships.”

Mackay Aquatic and Recreation centre is no stranger to holding large events, with the Oceania Area Championships and Oceania Masters Championships having recently been conducted at the venue.

Athletics North Queensland to proud to have once again partnered with the Mackay Regional Council to hold these championships and continue to place Mackay on the map for hosting major sporting events.

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