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Friday, 21 July 2017

More than 160 of the world’s top table tennis juniors are set to light up Bendigo Stadium at the 2018 World Junior Table Tennis Championships. 

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards joined Executive Director of the Oceania Table Tennis Federation, Christian Holtz at the stadium today to officially announce that the Andrews Labor Government has secured the event in Bendigo. 

With seven world titles up for grabs, the action-packed championships will feature the best of the best, from all corners of the globe over two weeks of team, singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

Bendigo Stadium will once again play centre stage to another world class event. The venue is being upgraded to include three new sports courts, increasing the stadium’s capacity to 4,000 fans. 

Bendigo boasts an impressive list of events including Bendigo Spirit WNBL matches, the recent Australian Snooker Goldfields Open, FIVB Women’s International Volleyball World Grand Prix.

Next year’s World Junior Table Tennis Championships will add to this calendar and strengthen Victoria’s reputation as the sporting capital of Australia. 

Major events like these mean serious business for Bendigo – bringing more visitors to the region, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.   

The Labor Government secured the Championships through the Regional Events Fund and Significant Sporting Events Program, which are bringing the biggest events to regional Victoria, attracting visitors from far and wide.

The 2018 World Junior Table Tennis Championships will take place from 9-16 October. 

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Victoria is the sporting capital of the nation – and we want to keep it that way.” 

“Events like these fill hotel rooms, create jobs, and attract visitors from around the world who splash their valuable tourism dollars right here in Bendigo.” 

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Just like our home grown duel Rio Olympic and Paralympic hero Milly Tapper, these top young table tennis stars will inspire our kids and get more people to sign up to local clubs.”   

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