July 21, 2015

BOULDER CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO ROCK BALLARAT

The world’s top climbers will scale new heights when Ballarat hosts the Australian Boulder Climbing Championships in October.

Some 200 competitors from all over Australia and abroad will converge on the regional centre to battle it out on the custom-made wall being built especially for the event. The wall will remain a permanent fixture, so that national and international teams can conduct training camps, and Ballarat can continue to host the big events.

Minister for Sport John Eren today announced a $10,000 Andrews Labor Government Significant Sporting Events Program grant had secured the event.

It’s good news for Ballarat and surrounding regions. Competitors and the hundreds of support staff and spectators will be able to travel nearby to The Grampians – Australia’s premier climbing region.

Events like these help showcase our state to visiting athletes, officials and supporters from interstate and beyond. They keep our businesses busy, our hotels and shopping centres full and our economy strong – and that means jobs for locals.

Significant Sporting Events grants are available to event organisers, state and national sporting organisations, venues and local governments wishing to boost their event’s profile.

For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events John Eren

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to securing the top sporting events in Australia and beyond, boosting local sport, tourism and jobs.”

“There’s nothing quite like watching these daring athletes defy gravity and use their skill to scale daunting heights.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“Australia’s local climbers have achieved great success overseas, so it will be wonderful to see them back on home soil vying for top national honours.”