Mackay sets sight on hosting 2032 Olympic event
Mackay could be featured on TV screens across the world when the 2032 Olympics are held in Brisbane, with a local MP confident the region will get a cut of the sporting action.
Mackay has already hosted historic AFL and cricket matches at Harrup Park, which is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade on the Great Barrier Reef Arena.
The region's newly built Aquatic and Recreation Centre also held a pre-season training camp for Tokyo Olympic-hopefuls at the beginning of the year.
State Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert says she has no doubt Mackay will be chosen to host a country to train in the lead-up to the games.
"We've got fantastic netball facilities, we've got our new swimming pools and running tracks out there at the university, at the ARC.
"So, there's no reason why we can't host one sport or maybe two or three sports right here in Mackay."
She says there is a potential to hold a sporting event as part of the games, including sailing at the Whitsundays, which would put Mackay on the "international map".
Ms Gilbert says the region provides every opportunity for local young athletes to go and compete on the world stage at the 2032 games.
"I spoke to a young girl a couple of weeks ago, she was on her way home from gymnastics and she was telling me she was going to be performing at the 2032 Olympics right here in Queensland.
"We have got all of these kids sitting in our primary schools now, making sure that they're getting ready for our Olympics," she says.