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Ray Borner 3 On 3 Challenge A Slam Dunk For Ballarat

28 November 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has secured the 2017 Ray Borner 3 on 3 Challenge for Ballarat.

Minister for Sport John Eren visited the Minerdome today to announce the tournament will feature on Ballarat’s calendar of events next year.

The finals will be broadcast on Foxtel, giving Ballarat a chance to showcase the best of everything on offer to viewers around Australia.

Some 600 male and female basketball stars from right around the country will converge on Ballarat in April, all vying for national honours and a share of the $50,000 prize purse. The exciting new brand of basketball will showcase the best Australian talent, all under the one roof.

The Labor Government has secured the event with a Significant Sporting Events Program grant. The Program helps stage more than 70 events in Melbourne and regional Victoria each year.

National sporting events attract players, support staff, spectators and families to our suburbs and towns, creating opportunities for businesses and jobs for locals – and that changes people’s lives for the better.

Victoria is the sports and events capital, and we want it to stay that way. We’ve given our major events war chest an $80 million boost and we’ve established a $20 million Regional Events Fund.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“The Ray Borner 3 on 3 Challenge is a chance for Ballarat to shine, and an opportunity for businesses to welcome visitors from all over Australia.”

“We’re the sports and events capital, and we want to stay that way. By securing the big events that attract visitors and boost businesses, we’re putting people first.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“We love our basketball in Ballarat. The Ray Borner 3 on 3 Challenge is going to be a showstopper for spectators and a great chance for budding basketballers to see stars of the game in their own backyard.”

Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“Events like the Ray Borner 3 on 3 Challenge aren’t just great spectacles, they’re big boosts to the economy too. A steady stream of visitors keeps restaurants and shops busy and hotels full.”

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