Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty
$10,000 Boost For 2011 Victorian Squash Open
Victor P Taffa
Victoria’s marquee squash tournament, the Victorian Open Squash Championships, is set to be even bigger and better than ever this year thanks to a $10,000 funding boost announced today from the Victorian Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty visited the 2006 Commonwealth Games venue Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), to announce funding towards the event to be held this weekend.
“Thanks to events like the Open, Australia has a strong international reputation as a breeding ground for squash champions.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“Names like former Victorian international squash legend Geoff Hunt, five-time World Champion, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, and current day heroes like David Palmer and World number three ranked Rachel Grinham, have all honed their skills at the tournament.”
“Event organisers are expecting 160 top male and female competitors from as far away as Europe and Asia to challenge Australia’s best.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“This funding boost ensures Victorian sports fans continue to have the chance to see top international and domestic competitors showcase their talents at one of Australia’s most iconic squash facilities.”
“The event also supports local competitions, open to players across age ranges and abilities, giving weekend players the chance to meet their heroes.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“With over $4,000 in prize money on offer in each of the men’s and women’s draw, as well as championship honours up for grabs, the competition will be fierce.”
“Most importantly, today’s funding boost ensures the Open will attract the big names, providing inspiration for fans and players alike to hit the courts and lead more healthy and active lifestyles.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“I encourage all Victorians to join in the fun at what promises to be an action packed 2011 Victorian Open Squash Championships from 7 – 10 July at MSAC.” Mr. Delahunty said.