Optus Volley by the Bay 2019 has delivered the City of Bunbury and the South West region a big pay day following April’s event.
This year’s event was attended by more than 4,100 people and, according to Sports Marketing Australia, generated an economic impact of $1,975,579.
Volleyball WA’s Chief Executive Officer Robyn Kuhl said the event is a testament that sport and regional Australia can work together to deliver big results for the economy.
“Working with twenty four Bunbury and South West businesses means we were able to provide a substantial boost to the economy, while also strengthening our sport’s footprint in the area. With the backing of businesses like Optus and Southern Ports, this year’s event has delivered a strong legacy for the sport and provided an engaging event for the local community.” Kuhl said.
“It is a fantastic way to end our three year tenure of the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships. Each year we have set a new record for participation and helped make inroads in the sport’s national development. Thanks to the hard work of our staff the standard of the event has been forever lifted.”
Volleyball Australia’s Events Director Phil Muller echoed his support of the event’s impact.
“It is an event that has captured the hearts and minds of players, parents, coaches, and officials,” Muller said.
“It has exceeded our expectations of how a national junior event can be run. Volleyball WA has raised the bar in terms of set-up, venue, and engagement with the community. It’s a wholesome program that will become the blueprint we’ll use going forward.”
Optus Volley by the Bay 2019 was held at Bunbury’s Koombana Bay and delivered the Australian U23 Beach Volleyball Championships on the 13th and 14th of April, followed by the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships from the 15th to the 18th.
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