Softball Queensland is proud to announce that Moreton Bay Region will be home to the 2019 and 2020 Softball Queensland Masters Tournament. Over 3,000 visitors will make their way to the Moreton Bay region when Redcliffe Softball Association hosts the 20th annual Softball Queensland Masters Tournament.
The Softball Queensland Masters Tournament is one of Australia’s largest single sport participation events for Masters, and will see 1,800+ competitors and 1,500+ spectators converge on the area. The scale of the tournament is so extensive that it will be held across a number of venues in the complex at Talobilla Park. 112 teams from across Australia competed in the 2018 tournament, with similar numbers expected for the following years.
Softball Queensland’s General Manager Sue Nisbet said that the tournament is a fantastic opportunity for our masters’ softballers to get together in both a competitive and social environment. “The Softball Queensland Masters Tournament presents an annual opportunity for our wider softball community to reconnect with each other and also celebrate the game that they love to play so much. Softball Queensland is proud to bring the tournament to the Moreton Bay Region as this is where the inaugural event was held in 2000.”
“We sincerely thank Moreton Bay Regional Council for supporting Softball and this event and also the other sporting organisations for providing their facilities ensuring the tournament is held in this region.”
To celebrate this momentous agreement, Softball Queensland and Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) hosted a media and photo shoot opportunity at Redcliffe Softball fields on Friday 7th September at 11.30am on the first day of the Open Women’s State Championships. Councillor for Division 6 Koliana Winchester and Councillor for Division 5 James Houghton joined Softball Queensland representatives and Redcliffe Softball Association stalwart Betty Paxton (OAM) for the proceedings.
The softball fields at Talobilla Park are named after Betty Paxton who had an active role in the inception of Redcliffe and Districts Softball Association and has volunteered tirelessly for the organisation. As Betty has been involved in every Softball Queensland Masters tournament held, and was recently given the honour of naming one of Softball Queensland’s most treasured awards: The Softball Queensland Betty Paxton OAM Volunteer of the Year Award, it only fitting that she is involved in this exciting new direction of the Masters Tournament.
Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport, Councillor Koliana Winchester, said council was thrilled to be home of the 2019 and 2020 Softball Queensland Masters Tournament.
“This announcement reinforces our region’s ability to secure major sporting events and competitions and we owe it to our investment in developing top-notch venues,” Cr Winchester said.
“Just a short walk from Talobilla Park is our world-class Dolphins Stadium venue that hosted the Commonwealth nations competing in a nine-a-side rugby league exhibition competition in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) earlier this year.
“These events are about so much more than just the sporting competition, they create a mini economic boom by filling up local hotels, keeping local restaurants busy, and giving us a business case to invest in infrastructure expansion, which in turn creates local jobs. mI hope the Softball Masters Tournament will see more young people try their hand at this fantastic sport.”
Division 5 Councillor James Houghton said Budget 2018/19 was about investing now to ensure future generations would continue to enjoy our region’s active and healthy lifestyle. “I know locals will make every player, official and spectator attending the Softball Queensland Masters Tournament feel so welcomed in Moreton Bay that they’ll want to come back every year,” Cr Houghton said. While they’re in town I’ll be encouraging them to make the best of their visit by taking in this sights of stunning Redcliffe and taking the time to explore other areas of our amazing region. From trying your hand at stand-up paddle boarding at Scarborough Beach, to visiting world-famous Bee Gees Way or taking the tourist drive to stunning Mount Mee, there’s just so much to see and do.”
What: Softball Queensland Masters Tournament
Dates: 2nd – 4th August 2019 & 7th – 9th August 2020
Where: Talobilla Park, Klingner Rd, Kippa-Ring