Kicking Goals For Colts’ Third Annual Cultural Day


Colts Cultural Day is back for a third consecutive year with support from Rockhampton Regional Council and its Community Assistance Program.

The event this weekend, which is held at Tom Nutley Fields in Park Avenue, will see teams from across Rockhampton and Central Queensland compete and will feature a range of cultural activities and initiatives which reflect the diverse backgrounds of the Colts Ruby Union Club players and members.

In 2024, this will include:

• Samoan, Fijian and Māori food available throughout the event

• Half-time entertainment for the final three games of the day

• Specially designed trophies for the competition

In addition, Colts players will also take to the field in specially designed cultural jerseys which acknowledge and reflect the diversity within the club.

Colts received $2,000 from Council’s Community Assistance Program to support the running and cost of delivering the event.

Deputy Mayor and Communities and Heritage Councillor Drew Wickerson said the Community Assistance Program supports a wide variety of clubs and organisations, enabling them to hold events which were beneficial to the community.

“This Saturday’s Cultural Day is great celebration of culture and diversity,” Cr Wickerson said.

“With the funding received through CAP, the Colts Rugby Union Club has been able to continue hosting an event which is now in its third year.

“That’s why we are encouraging all sporting groups and community organisations to take advantage of the latest round that is open for applications now.”

Parks, Sport and Public Spaces Councillor Cherie Rutherford expects said the event to be an action-packed day with several matches scheduled.

“Tomorrow’s schedule includes matches between local Rockhampton teams along with some tough games against teams from Yeppoon and Moura,” Cr Rutherford said.

“From the juniors to the A-Grade men’s game, there is heaps of entertainment on and off the pitch.

“Entry is free so I encourage rugby union fans to come down and support a fun day of sport with the action kicking off from 11am.”

Colts club treasurer Tracey Davies said the Community Assistance Program funding had helped significantly with the costs involved in running its event.

“This is our third cultural day, we started in 2022 and have made it an annual event,” Ms Davies said.

“We feel our Cultural Day is important because we represent so many nationalities and the day is to celebrate and recognise what they contribute to our club.

“We have players from around the world including Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, PNG and Tonga as well as some Indigenous players as well.

“We have multicultural-themed half-time entertainment planned for the final three games of the day and we will be serving Samoan, Fijian and Māori food.

“Our teams will be wearing our Cultural Day jerseys and there is supporter gear available for purchase,” Ms Davies said.

“We have special trophies, specifically designed for the day’s celebrations, everyone is welcome to come and join for a great day.”

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