Brisbane will host two international water polo test matches in January 2020 in what is expected to be an epic clash between old rivals Australia and the USA.
The matches will be major events in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and will headline the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships (AYWPC) which earlier this year brought more than 3000 competitors to Brisbane venues over two weeks.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said today’s announcement was proof of Brisbane’s international reputation as a world-class event host.
“Events like these support tourism jobs in our state,” she said.
“Water polo has a strong international following. This event won’t only bring thousands of people to Brisbane – the flow-on for local businesses will be great.
“The world class facilities and renowned lifestyle we have here in Brisbane is certainly a selling point for participants and spectators.
“At the moment, all eyes are on Queensland. Hosting this major Olympic lead-up event will be another chance to show what Queensland is capable of hosting on the world stage.
“To boast two headlining test matches is a coup on its own.”
The matches were secured through a partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing.
“The government has a clear strategy to secure events that attract visitors, supporting our tourism industry and local jobs,” Ms Jones sasid.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane was recognised for hosting major sporting events and water polo competitors, fans and family members could expect a festival atmosphere in the city.
“Brisbane is a destination for the whole family and I encourage the competitors and spectators visiting our city to take advantage of our fantastic tourism offerings,” he said.
Brisbane local and triple Olympian Bron Knox said the USA-Australia rivalry always delivered something special and fans were in for a real treat.
“Australia and the USA are both strong performers on the world stage throughout women’s water polo history,” Ms Knox said.
“We always tend to meet the USA in big games, semis or finals and this naturally builds rivalry.
“Local sports fans should come along as it’s an opportunity to see some of the best athletes in the sport gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
Australia vs USA Test Matches
Dates: 14 and 18 January 2019
Location: Brisbane Aquatic Centre
Australian Youth Water Polo Championships
Dates: 11 – 23 January 2019
Locations: Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Valley Pool, All Hallows, Sommerville House, Stuartholme