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BJ Thomas (right) from Perth Polocrosse Club, which is hosting the national polocrosse championships in the Swan Valley. Picture: KRISTY BULLEN

Polocrosse in the Swan Valley

WITH the 2018 Swan Valley National Polocrosse Championships going to be held in the Swan Valley organisers are in for some hard work.

More than 570 players and strappers are expected to take part in the championships to be held at the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon.

The championships run across seven days, in categories ranging from U12 to masters.

Perth Polocrosse Club, which is based at the State Equestrian Centre, Brigadoon in the Swan Valley, has many enthusiastic members, volunteers and family supporters who will be coordinating the event.

In a joint statement the club’s president Simon Gray and event committee organiser Mary Day said hosting the championships meant the club had the opportunity to showcase a fast, fantastic, emotional and meaningful event in the Swan Valley and to show off an Australian equestrian sport on the best fields, location and facilities to the rest of the world.

“Events such as these are also a great opportunity for us to showcase Western Australia and highlight what a great place it is to visit,’’ they said.

“Injecting four million dollars plus into the WA economy is a way of saying thank you to our sponsors, businesses and local and state governments.

“The championships also help to support and offer improved participation at a local-club level emanating from this event.

“Perth Polocrosse Club understands the huge importance of this to our community and families mental and physical health.

“It also means so much to our life members and long-term members who started our club over 50 years ago and have seen their grounds develop from a weed infested river flat to one of the best venues and playing fields in Australia.’’

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the state looked forward to hosting visitors from across the country, in Perth for the championships and to showcase the significant changes that had happened since the event was last held in WA in 2008.

“Mass participation events such as this attract visitors to the state, which helps to fill hotel rooms, creates jobs and makes a contribution to the $10.1 billion tourism industry through visitor spend,’’ he said.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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