Rockhampton council chases karate quids
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council will give a national karate competition a $12,000 boost through round two of its Community Assistance Program.
The funding for Shotokan Week 2015 was approved in Tuesday's performance and service committee meeting.
Initially the event was offered only partial funding of $9300, but Mayor Margaret Strelow moved for the full request of $12,000 to be approved.
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Cr Strelow said the week-long karate festival would bring hundreds to the region, something the council supported.
The event will run from July 6 to 11 at Hegvold Stadium and include training sessions with Japanese and Australian karate instructors.
It will also include a black belt grading day and the national championships for Shotokan Karate International.
President of the Shotokan Karate International Australia Queensland branch Linda Bulloch said it was the first time the event had been held in Rockhampton.
She said the training sessions were scheduled in the morning, to allow visitors to the region sightseeing time in the afternoon.
Chairman of the organising committee for Shotokan Week 2015 Petros Khalesirad said the event would showcase Rockhampton's capability to host major sporting events.
Cr Strelow said council were keen to support Mr Khalesirad's proposal to bring the event to Rockhampton.
"We appreciate that major events usually don't 'just happen'," she said.
"They are the result of local people putting in the hard yards to win the event for our community and then to organise it.
"The economic benefit of a national event like this being held in our region couldn't be more timely.
"We will have the privilege of welcoming people from around the country and overseas."