Women’s sport scoring goals on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Lightning star Cara Koenen.

The Sunshine Coast is shining a light on women’s sport in June with the nation’s leading rugby league, netball and water polo players converging on the same weekend.

The weekend will also welcome a first for the region, hosting the Women In Sport Summit.

Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with Tourism & Events Queensland (TEQ), will host the Ministry of Sport’s third annual Women in Sport Summit at the University of the Sunshine Coast on 25 June, attracting some of the most prestigious names in the industry to provide exclusive access to coveted conversations and game-changing discussions.

Sunshine Coast Stadium at Bokarina will host the 2021 Ampol Women’s State of Origin on Friday 25 June, thanks to another partnership between council and TEQ. Gates open at 5pm with an under-19 match and the main game kicking off at 7.45pm. Tickets, starting from just $5, are available from Ticketek.

Two-time premiership winners Sunshine Coast Lightning will take on Collingwood Magpies in Round 8 of the Suncorp Super Netball at University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sippy Downs on Saturday 26 June 2021 at 3pm. Tickets are now on sale through https://premier.sportsubs.com.au/nnl/lightning

Capping off the weekend of Women’s sport on the Coast, the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team, the Stingers, will play a friendly farewell match at St Andrew’s Anglican College before the team departs for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Spectators are welcome and gates open 4.15pm for 5pm game. Tickets will be available from 14 June – https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=773648

Sunshine Coast Economy Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said hosting the trifecta of elite level sporting events in addition to the Women’s in Sports Summit was a coup for our region and showcased the terrific support that council and TEQ provided to women’s sport on the Sunshine Coast.

“This is an unprecedented culmination of talent coming together in our region at the same time,” Cr O’Pray said.

“Hosting elite sporting events provides tremendous opportunity to showcase our region and confirms the Sunshine Coast’s reputation as a world sporting event and tourism destination.”

The Women in Sport Summit and Women’s State of Origin are supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, and feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

It is expected this showcase of Women’s Sport will be attended by more than 13,500 people and is supported through partnerships between the Sunshine Coast Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, Ministry of Sport and the Commonwealth and Queensland Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.