Coast grabs hold of Oztag major event
Jan
15
2015
THE Sunshine Coast is poised to host another major sporting event with an announcement on the World Oztag Championships expected today.

Officials from the regional council will hold a press conference this morning with representatives from "an

international sporting group" to announce a "major international sporting event" for Sunshine Coast Stadium this year.

While details are being kept under wraps, it is believed the announcement will involve the World Oztag Championships, which are expected to attract 3500 competitors and hundreds more family and friends to the region.

The stadium is scheduled to host to the Queensland Oztag Junior State Cup later this month, the Queensland Oztag Senior State Cup in March and the Oztag State of Origin clash between Queensland and NSW in July.

It is believed the World Oztag Championships will be set down for late in the year, probably December, with teams from around the world expected to attend.

Oztag is a non-tackling form of rugby played between two teams of eight players.

Each player wears shorts with a Velcro patch on each side.

A strip of cloth is attached to the Velcro and defenders affect a "tackle" by removing the tag from an opponent's shorts.

The sport has had strong growth on the Sunshine Coast, with hundreds of teams taking part in several competitions for players aged from juniors to veterans.

The world championships will add another string to the Coast's already-impressive sporting line-up for 2015.

Also on the schedule will be the Queensland Surf Lifesaving Titles, the Noosa and Mooloolaba triathlons, the National Outrigging Championships and the Ironman 7.0.

Sunshine Coast Council events and tourism portfolio councillor Jason O'Pray told the Daily earlier this month that 2015 would be a prelude to a bumper 2016.

The World Outrigging Titles, Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships and Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games will be held here next year.

 

It is not clear if the World Oztag Championships are scheduled to return.

 

sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/coast-grabs-hold-of-oztag-worlds/2511861/

Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

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