The State Government has secured two national swimming championship events for Perth in 2020, which are expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors and contribute about $7 million to the Western Australian economy.
- Australia's best young swimmers coming to Perth
- Events expected to attract thousands of visitors
- Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA and VenuesWest
The Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships and a new event, the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships will both be held at HBF Stadium in April 2020, attracting some of the best young swimmers from around the country.
The Australian Age Swimming Championships is the national event for Australians aged between 13 and 18, and the Australian Swimming Championships is for swimmers aged between 17 and 21.
The events are supported by Tourism Western Australia and VenuesWest.
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"I'd like to wish all the swimmers training and trialling for these events over the next couple of years the best of luck, and we look forward to welcoming the interstate competitors and their families to the State.
"Both of the events are expected to attract thousands of people to WA, which will help fill hotel rooms and provide a boost to the economy through visitor spending.
"Mass participation events such as these will showcase Perth's significant transformation to interstate visitors, who have the potential to spread the word about extraordinary WA to others back home.
"Tourism contributed $10.1 billion to WA's economy in 2016-17 and is a key pillar of the State Government's plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"WA has a proud history of producing elite swimmers so it will be a delight to welcome some of the country's best up-and-comers to Perth in 2020.
"With the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games set to start only a few months after these events, the timing could not be better.
"National interest in swimming will be growing in the lead-up to the Games so it is a real coup for Perth to have secured these important national competitions at this time."