Gympie touch stars to storm Coast
GYMPIE Touch Association president Ian Sami has thrown the support of the club behind a number of its members gearing up to contest the National Touch League Titles tomorrow.
Kawana’s Stockland Park will host the competition, promising to be the biggest to date and showcasing the nation’s touch talent.
Gympie players headed to the coast include Anna and Clayton Reid, Andy Williams, Glenn Kennedy, Kelly and Quentin McMeekin, Fleur Dawkings, Pam Dray, Michelle Tappin and Malcolm Bunney.
Kate Tedge will manage a senior mixed team while Kelly McMeekin will throw on her coaching cap.
The Gympie athletes will represent the Sunshine Coast at the national competition after earning their selection with some outstanding form on the touch field.
Sami said it was important the Gympie Touch Association took the time to reward its players for excellent form.
Gympie Touch presented all players with a nominal amount of money to help cover selection fees and costs.
“The Gympie Touch Association feels that it’s important to reward players with recognition of their achievements of being selected to play in this level of competition,” he said.
"It’s a gesture of goodwill from the club towards its members."
A record number of teams are tipped to take part in the competition, with more than 5000 players, officials and spectators expected to attend.
This year, the national competition celebrates its 30th year, and this will be celebrated on Sunday with the aptly named 30 Year Celebration Breakfast.
Gympie’s touch stars taking part in the event will also be eying off the possibility of being selected to play for Australia later in the year during the Senior Trans-Tasman Series.
Despite flooding and wet weather restricting training at Albert Park, Gympie’s premier touch players have the skills to help the Sunshine Coast stamp its authority on the event.