With only a few weeks left until the first SU QLD Games, it’s time to get excited!
In just over two years, your support for SU QLD’s Sports Ministry has helped unite communities and bring families and work colleagues together, while encouraging young and old alike to engage in competitive sports in a God-honouring way.
Until now, this has been achieved through the half-day Community Cup events, all of which have been completely booked out. BUT this year, the team are stepping things up with the first SU QLD Games, which will kick off on 30 June at Nudgee College.
SU QLD Sports Ministry coordinator, Jeff Howard, said the event will bring teams comprised of church friends, business partners, school staff, families, and complete strangers from the community who will compete across multiple sporting disciplines — all in the name of fun and relationship building.
“As with the Community Cups, we expect schools will bring teacher teams and their Grade 12 students, businesses will bring teams, chaplains will bring staff from schools — their principals, deputies and guidance officers.
“What they build in those hours of playing sport can take a long time to build at work,” he said.
“Churches use the day as a way of engaging with their own community, but also as a way to build bridges with people from different faith backgrounds, too.”
Jeff said SU QLD Games will capture the same spirit of the Community Cups but will be run for a full day, with more sports and more participants.
Stafford Heights Baptist Church pastoral team leader, Pastor Stephen Hendrick, is just one of many excited community members keen to get involved in this year’s SU QLD Games.
“As a new pastor in Brisbane, the Community Cups were a great avenue to further connect our church with the community. I’m confident that this year’s SU QLD Games will be yet another great opportunity to do that,” he said.
This inaugural SU QLD Games will include touch football, seven-a-side soccer, basketball, volleyball and netball, with divisions in each so don’t be shy to dust off your sneakers.
“We will also have a great session of team games and races, plus you’ll meet our special guests, Olympic gold-medallist, Duncan Armstrong and elite swimmer, Jenny Campbell (mum of current Australian swimming stars, Cate and Bronte Campbell).