Help name Rocky's first national sporting team
IT WAS hard to know who was more excited, the screaming schoolgirls playing basketball or the various dignitaries launching the 'name the team' competition.
Step one in Rockhampton's bid to have their first national sporting team is done, step two is the name.
Rockhampton Mayor Margeret Strelow, CQUniversity vice-chancellor Scott Bowman and Rockhampton Basketball's Kathryn Greensill met at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School to witness current Cyclones stars run a training clinic for the students.
"I was thinking about CQ Brumbies, I really like that one. I like horses. My mum and sisters have had a few ideas too," Abbey said.
"My family has been talking about the Dragons which I think is a really cool name. My mum suggested it and we think it's a fun name," Tiarna said.
A successful name goes hand in hand with on court success, the LA Lakers, Brisbane Broncos, Hawthorn Hawks and current WNBL champions Townsville Fire all proof.
"A name is everything. It is our identity, who we are. If we can get a strong name and a winning team then great," Kathryn said.
"It is really exciting for us. Rocky Basketball has seen a wealth of talent come through, our Cyclones have just won the 2015 QBL championship and are set to back it up.
"Just great to have an initiative to support our local athletes."
Kathryn compared the team to the economic success seen at the recent Confraternity and QIISN carnivals which the city hosted.
"I think the economic benefits will be huge. We have just seen at the Confro and QIISN carnivals, the influx to the town. People are spending money with local hotels and businesses and that will be amplified," she said.
CQUiversity Rockhampton makes up the first part of the name, what is needed comes next.
"A name that reflects the character of our great city here and I think it will be great to get the full community involved," Professor Bowman said.
"Around the university people have been playing around with ideas but we have to think about the mascot.
"What makes a good mascot, it depends what people want. Rocky Road is a good name but not a mascot."
Mayor Margeret Strelow had no suggestions but couldn't hide her enthusiasm.
"We are really starting to put the runs on board toward getting our national team for Rockhampton," Mayor Strelow said.
"We are determined to bring the national team to Rockhampton, rally the troops and demonstrate the capacity of potential we have.
"We want a name that we can all be proud of. But I will leave the suggestions to others."
The competition cut-off date is July 22, go to Rockhampton Basketball website to offer insight.