SOFTBALL teams from Dajarra, Camooweal, Normanton, Doomadgee and Brisbane will put the challenge to Mount Isa this weekend in the Gidgee Healing All-Blacks softball carnival.
“We have at least eight ladies teams and four men’s teams already slated to compete, with over 500 spectators expected to come through our gates over the weekend,” she said.
Each team is made up of 13 players and 11 of those must be indigenous with two imports allowed in each side.
Richards also emphasised how important the weekend was for the indigenous people in the area.
“Not only does it promote participation among the indigenous people, it also promotes indigenous heath,” she said.
During the carnival, major sponsor Gidgee Health will provide free health checks on Saturday within their health van.
The health service’s staff will also conduct health education activities in a bid to improve the overall health of the indigenous community.
“These sorts of carnivals are great to co-ordinate softball growth in the North West Queensland region, with a lot of the representatives able to discuss pressing issues they might have,” Richards said.
Richards also acknowledged the support of the event’s sponsors.
Action starts at 11am tomorrow, with the finals taking place on Sunday afternoon.