Warrnambool is gearing up for a busy labour Day long weekend, with about 6000 people to be involved across four major sporting events.
After being rained out mid-event in January, the Warrnambool Gift joins the Surf Life Saving Victoria Junior Championships, the Lawn Tennis Open and the Seaside Volleyball Tournament in a bumper sporting schedule.
Warrnambool Mayor Cr Vicki Jellie said that it was great news for event participants as well as for local businesses and the wider community that the events were able to go ahead.
“Our Labour Day sporting events were just about the last large-scale events held in 2020 before COVID-19 disrupted our lives in so many ways, so I’m incredibly pleased to be able to welcome everyone back to Warrnambool in 2021,” she said.
“Our city has built a strong reputation over many years as a family-friendly destination and the perfect venue for sporting carnivals.
“As we come off the back of a very busy summer for Warrnambool, major events like these come at an important time as local businesses continue their COVID-19 recovery.
“There will be a real buzz around the place as competitors and their families visit local restaurants, shops and attractions, making the most of their time in Warrnambool while contributing significantly to the local economy.
“While Council is proud to support a wide array of events each year, these would not be possible without the hard work of our local clubs, associations and volunteers, so I’d like to thank them for all that they do.”
The Warrnambool Gift will be held on Saturday March 6 at Friendly Societies Park, the Surf Life Saving Victoria Junior Championships will be held on the main beach from Saturday March 6 until Sunday March 7, the Lawn Tennis Open will be held at Lawn Tennis on Pertobe Road from Saturday March 6 until Monday March 8, while the Seaside Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Warrnambool ARC Stadium from Saturday March 6 until Monday March 8.
Due to venue capacity and social distancing requirements, spectators unfortunately won’t be able to attend the volleyball tournament.