GYMPIE Hockey Association president Ian Wenzel thanked hockey supporters on Friday night for their generous donations toward a new synthetic surface upgrade.
“It was a successful night – we had donations in cash in pledges of over $11,000,” Wenzel said.
The extra money has seen the Gympie Hockey Club pass the $100,000 mark for the $360,000 project.
“It is still not too late for anyone wanting to donate to the Gympie Hockey field fund,” Wenzel said. Anyone can donate at any time and will have a tax deductibility advantage.”
Wenzel said he was quietly confident of some other donations coming in to bolster the fund.
“When we get the new field it will enable us to host state and national titles,” Wenzel said.
“These titles bring in over hundreds of players and can add over half a million dollars to the region’s economy in a week,” he said.
Wenzel said the Hockey Club was planning on getting a new hybrid surface.
The hybrid surface plays like a wet surface without the need to water it all the time.
“It saves money on water costs and is more environmentally friendly,” Wenzel said.
“The new surface will allow our players to learn the latest wet surface skills and compete at a higher level at state championships. Our current surface was the first in Queensland, but is well and truly past its used-by date.”
Wenzel thanked those who came along in support of Gympie Hockey.
“It was great to see some life members back at the club – their input was fantastic,” he said.