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Story: Photo Ben McShea
Sep 25, 2018
Softball Queensland Masters Tournament set to return to the Moreton Bay Region in 2019 and 2020

Over 3,000 visitors will make their way to the Moreton Bay region when Redcliffe Softball Association hosts the 20th annual Softball Queensland Masters Tournament.

The tournament is one of Australia’s largest single sport participation events for Masters, and will see over 1,800 competitors and over 1,500 spectators converge on the peninsula.

The scale of the tournament is so extensive that it will be held across a number of venues in the complex at Talobilla Park.

Over a hundred teams from across Australia competed in the 2018 tournament, with similar numbers expected for the following years.

Softball Queensland’s General Manager Sue Nisbet said that the tournament is a fantastic opportunity for our masters’ softballers to get together in both a competitive and social environment.

“The Softball Queensland Masters Tournament presents an annual opportunity for our wider softball community to reconnect with each other and also celebrate the game that they love to play so much.

“We sincerely thank Moreton Bay Regional Council for supporting Softball and this event, and also the other sporting organisations for providing their facilities, ensuring the tournament is held in this region.”

The softball fields at Talobilla Park are named after Betty Paxton (OAM), who had an active role in the inception of Redcliffe and Districts Softball Association and has volunteered tirelessly for the organisation.

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport, Councillor Koliana Winchester, said council was thrilled that

the region was named home of the 2019 and 2020 Softball Queensland Masters Tournament.

“This announcement reinforces our region’s ability to secure major sporting events and competitions and we owe it to our investment in developing top-notch venues,” Cr Winchester said.

Division 5 Councillor James Houghton said  the 2018/19 Budget was about investing now to ensure future generations would continue to enjoy our region’s active and healthy lifestyle.

“I know locals will make every player, official and spectator attending the Softball Queensland Masters Tournament feel so welcomed in Moreton Bay that they’ll want to come back every year,” Cr Houghton said.