READY: Whitsunday Sporting Car Club and Whitsunday Weightlifting members prepare for the North Queensland Games held in Proserpine over this weekend.Left: Tas Taylor, Chelsea Nicoll, Mitch Daniels, Karen Scott, Jaspa Hope, Lilly Coles and Euanda taylor.
READY: Whitsunday Sporting Car Club and Whitsunday Weightlifting members prepare for the North Queensland Games held in Proserpine over this weekend.Left: Tas Taylor, Chelsea Nicoll, Mitch Daniels, Karen Scott, Jaspa Hope, Lilly Coles and Euanda taylor. Jessica Lamb

Our best in Prossie

WHAT do olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and car racing all have in common?

The answer is Proserpine.

This weekend Proserpine will celebrate a first in it's sporting history as the town hosts two sports for the North Queensland Games, drawing competitors from all over the state.

Of the 35 sports contested over the three days in the games, power lifting and motor sport will be featured at St Catherine's College hall and Tonker Track, respectively.

North Queensland Sports Foundation chief executive officer Steve Farrell said the NQ Games swaps venues between Townsville, Cairns and Mackay.

"It only comes around here every six years, the last time it was held in the Mackay region it was in 2012 so it's a pretty big event and will definitely inject economic benefits to Proserpine,” he said.

"It also gives local athletes another level of competition and allows them to compete with athletes drawn from all over Australia and we even have some international competitors.”

Whitsunday Sporting Car Club and Whitsunday Weightlifting members prepare for the North Queensland Games held in Proserpine over this weekend.Left: Karen Scott, Tas Taylor, Chelsea Nicoll, Mitch Daniels, Jaspa Hope, Lilly Coles and Euanda taylor.
Whitsunday Sporting Car Club and Whitsunday Weightlifting members prepare for the North Queensland Games held in Proserpine over this weekend.Left: Karen Scott, Tas Taylor, Chelsea Nicoll, Mitch Daniels, Jaspa Hope, Lilly Coles and Euanda taylor. Jessica Lamb

Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Andrew Willcox will be opening the weightlifting event on the Saturday and said he can't wait to see to see what the weekend has in store.

"I'm really keen to see the new faces to come up here and compete in paradise,” he said.

"Its great for the town as there will be people staying in local accommodation and getting some retail therapy from the great shops in Proserpine.”

Mayor Willcox encouraged the community to come and support local athletes.

"Come and help cheer them on and I hope the Whitsunday athletes no mater where they will be competing over the weekend will provide some podium finishes.”

Both Whitsunday Sporting Car Club secretary Karen Scott and Whitsunday weightlifting's Leanne Knox encourage the community to come and watch the sporting events which will run over both Saturday and Sunday.

As a first for both clubs to host the games, amateur photographers are welcome to test their skills and capture some of the sporting moments.

Between the sports Proserpine is estimated to receive an influx of 300 people from competitors to supporters with the event also drawing many local entrants in both sports.

For more information on times visit the clubs' Facebook pages.

MORE ON THE GAMES

SHOWCASING WHITSUNDAYS

WHAT: North Queensland Games

WHERE: Proserpine

WHEN: May 5-6

Other NQ Games sports will be held in Mackay and Sarina.


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