Paint pellets will fly after NXL Australia chose Bundaberg to host the second round of the paintball competition in its first Queensland event.
NXL (National Xball League) is the premier tournament paintball circuit, which started in North America and Europe before branching out to Australia some years ago.
Rum City Paintball will host the competition next week and owner Jason Piper said NXL was a world class event that featured the top competitors in the sport.
He said this competition was the first time NXL Australia had been held in Queensland and hosting it in the Bundaberg Region showed the quality of the local paintball field.
“NXL is the biggest paintball competition worldwide,” Jason said.
“NXL Australia have held competitions in Victoria and New South Wales, but this is the first time they’ve come to Queensland.
“It’s fantastic for Bundaberg and for those in the local paintball scene it’s huge.”
Jason said it was a major coup not only for the local paintball competition but also the community to have an event such as Bundaberg Raw M800 held in the Bundaberg Region.
“It’s really fantastic, and a big thing in the paintball industry,” he said.
“After reopening, I hoped to have big competitions like the Central Queensland comp held here, but we’ve now surpassed that with this competition.”
Eight teams, including one local group, will take to the Rum City Paintball field in the two-day competition.
“It will be played on the speedball format, which uses blow-up air bunkers on a flat ground, and it’s a mix of pro and semi-pro players, that runs on a point system,” Jason said.
“The field has to have a number of specifications to be selected to host an event like this – it’s a big process and we are really excited.
“Our team is relatively new to the competition world, but I think we are ready and looking forward to it!”
The NXL Paintball Bundaberg Raw M800, Round 2, will be held on 14 to 15 May at Rum City Paintball, Rosedale Road, Mullett Creek.