Armidale beat several larger Queensland regional centres to win the right to host the Games, which will be held in July 2011. The Games will also be a qualifier for the Australian University games to be held later in the year.
The general manager of Australian University Sport, Tony Jermyn, said he was impressed by the hard work put in by Armidale Dumaresq Council and the university to secure the Games.
“The decision was made simpler by the demonstrated support of all stakeholders in Armidale, not to mention the excellent sporting infrastructure that exists at UNE to host the Games,” Mr. Jermyn said.
The Vice Chancellor of UNE, Prof Jim Barber, said he was “thrilled” UNE had been chosen to host the Games.
“These games will bring with them significant opportunities to showcase the university and all that Armidale has to offer in sport and community,” Prof Barber said.
“Congratulations go to David Schmude of SportUNE and Tony Broomfield from Armidale Dumaresq Council for the effort they have put into our successful bid to host this great event, and I will look forward to welcoming all the competitors in July next year.”
Armidale Dumaresq Council Mayor, Councillor Peter Ducat, said it was “a great honour” for the city of Armidale and the University of New England to be chosen to host the Games.
“By so doing we will showcase, to a largely Queensland audience, the vibrancy, the first class sporting facilities, the tourism opportunities, as well as the fabulous pubs, restaurants and coffee shops which those of us living here so much enjoy,” Cr Ducat said.
“I very much look forward to the event and importantly welcoming some 1,500 university athletes and support teams to Armidale to compete over the five days.”