Monday, 26 February 2018 10:53

  • State Government to sponsor 2018 Swan Valley National Polocrosse Championships
  • Expected to attract more than 1,500 visitors
  • Last held in Perth in 2008

The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, will sponsor the 2018 Swan Valley National Polocrosse Championships, which are expected to attract more than 1,500 visitors to Perth.

A combination of polo and lacrosse, polocrosse was developed in Australia in 1938. It now features more than 4,000 players nationally and has extended to countries such as New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The national championships are held every two years on a rotational basis around seven Australian States and Territories.

The 2018 event, celebrating its 50th golden jubilee, will mark the fourth time Western Australia has hosted the championships since 1980.

More than 570 players and strappers will participate in the championships across seven days, in categories ranging from under 12 juniors to masters.

The 2018 Swan Valley National Polocrosse Championships will be held from October 1-7 at the Perth polocrosse grounds within the State Equestrian Centre at Brigadoon in the Swan Valley.

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

"We look forward to hosting visitors from across the country, in Perth for the championships, to showcase the significant changes that have happened since the event was last held here 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.

"I would like to wish all players the best of luck when they compete in the championships this year, and encourage everyone to explore our extraordinary city and State."

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