A national premiership and coveted spots on the Australian Stingers and Australian Sharks Rio Olympics Water Polo squads will be up for grabs when the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre hosts the 2016 National Water Polo League final in March next year.
Minister for Sport John Eren today joined representatives from the Victorian Seals to announce a $25,000 Andrews Labor Government grant from the Significant Sporting Events Program to secure the major sporting competition for Victoria.
The National Water Polo League is Australia's premier annual competition featuring our nation’s top six men’s and women’s teams.
The 2016 Championships will showcase the skills of some of Australia’s top water polo players and provide a unique opportunity for fans to catch our best before they take on the world at the Rio Olympics.
Major sporting competitions like the National Water Polo League finals, especially with the Olympics on the horizon, put the international spotlight on Victoria and reaffirms our reputation as the sporting capital.
The Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget secured an $80 million war chest to bolster the state’s bid to bring more major events to Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Big sporting events like these water polo national finals bring tourists to our state, create jobs and keep our economy strong and businesses busy.
National championships also provide important pathways for up and coming Victorians to take their sporting careers to the next level in their own backyard.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“This is a great opportunity for Victorians to come along and support our most talented water polo stars at the peak of their game in the lead up to the Rio Olympics.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to growing Victoria’s $21 billion tourism and events industry through Visit Victoria, our new body which will sell Victoria to the world like never before.”
“Securing events like the National Water Polo League helps keep Victoria as the nation’s number one destination for major sporting events.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020