The Bundaberg Indian Malayalee Association will host its first ever volleyball tournament in the region this month with players and their families travelling from across South East Queensland to compete.
The BIMA Volleyball Tournament 2022 has come to fruition with help from a Bundaberg Regional Council community grant providing $3500 to cover the cost of court hire, fees for players, medals and more.
BIMA treasurer Tom Chemmalakuzhy Mathew said the tournament would not only be a great chance for passionate players to go hard on the court, it would also be an opportunity for visitors to explore what the Bundaberg Region had to offer.
“The main aim was to invite people to Bundaberg to explore our city and especially enjoy what we have to offer, like the beauty and breeze at Bargara beach,” he said.
“So far we have six teams participating and they are coming all the way from Rockhampton to the Gold Coast.
“Many are bringing their families along so we are expecting a good crowd of people, around 100, to visit the region for this event.”
Tom said members of BIMA played volleyball regularly and were excited to compete in their hometown at the upcoming local tournament.
“I started playing volleyball three years ago and we have local games and practice sessions each week,” he said.
“It keeps me fit and energetic, it is what I love about it.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was great to see local organisations creating new ways to support the region through their interests.
“I applaud the Bundaberg Indian Malayalee Association for their work in establishing a wonderful event that will see the region open up to many new visitors,” he said.
“Their volleyball tournament is bringing people together to enjoy a shared passion while also giving them the opportunity to get to know a little more about our beautiful Bundaberg Region.”
The BIMA Volleyball Tournament kicks off on Saturday, 19 February from 9am at the Bundaberg PCYC, Bundaberg Multiplex at 1 Civic Avenue.