Mayor Welcomes Junior State Cup To Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor, Peter Besseling and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, were both in attendance to help launch the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie today.
The event marks the first time that the 288-team event has been played in Port Macquarie, following 12 years in Wollongong. The Junior State Cup event moves to Port Macquarie for the 2013-15 events after the success of the New South Wales State Cup in the region for the past two decades.
Mayor Besseling welcomed the event to Port Macquarie, saying it is a great opportunity for the region to capitalise on what they’ve done over many years with Touch Football.
“I would like to take my hat off to Kerry Lewis and his team, year after year, tournament after tournament, the guys are out there to make sure that we have the best fields for people to play on. In my experience with Kerry, nothing’s ever been a problem. That actually underpins every that we try to do as a council in order to attract events like this to our area. Without that support and the support of people like Panthers, we couldn’t do it, so I thank everyone,” Mayor Besseling said.
“The numbers are huge. 12,000 people estimated to be here, close to 300 junior teams, those 12,000 people, just to put it in perspective, that’s twice the population of Wauchope. That’s an enormous economic benefit.
“It also sends all the right signals in terms of what we are about here in the Port Macquarie-Hastings and that’s being active, being healthy, getting involved, very family friendly and making sure our kids do exactly the same thing and have opportunities to be involved at a high level competition, to try to achieve and aspire to something, but doing so in a way that promotes fairness and camaraderie.”