IT has been a huge year for the Ipswich sporting community.
There have been events, upgrades to facilities, new fields, programs to get people active and new legislations to allow our sporting clubs to provide a safe environment for all.
Ipswich is home to some wonderful sporting facilities and a brilliant base of volunteers making it a great place to host events.
Here's a snapshot of major sporting events in Ipswich during 2016.
U20 Nationals and Ivor Burge Basketball Championships: Ipswich Basketball successfully hosted these large scale national titles at Booval.
Western Pride v New Zealand All Whites: Western Pride organised for the New Zealand national football team to play a friendly at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex. It was great for the Ipswich community to see an international team in action.
Springfield Duathlon: Triathlon Queensland held this state event in Springfield for the third consecutive year. The event continues to grow and is a major event for athletes from all over Queensland.
Other wonderful long running events that were again run successfully in 2016 included the Park 2 Park, Ipswich Little Athletics Twilight Carnival, Ipswich District Athletics Annual Winter Carnival, Goodna Bowls Jacaranda Festival Bowls Carnival and the V8 Supercars at Willowbank.
We've all heard the statistics on the rise of non-traditional sports and in particular recreational activities throughout Australia.
This year Sport Ipswich has provided or been involved in numerous recreational programs to make sure that there is the opportunity for everyone in our community to be active.
Here's a snapshot of some of the recreational activities from 2016:
Women on Wheels (WOW) provided girls and women with the opportunity to participate activities such as scooter, skateboarding, cycling and mountain biking.
Trail running - a series of runs were conducted around Ipswich to get people involved in the sport of trail running through some of our beautiful natural areas.
Mountain biking has become a very popular pursuit in the Ipswich region. Areas such as Castle Hill and Spicer's Hidden Vale provide locals with some excellent spots to try this fast paced sport.
New smoking laws
THE Queensland Parliament passed amendments to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 that came into effect on September 1.
Smoking is banned at sporting grounds during an organised sporting event or training session that is predominantly for under 18 year olds.
The ban also applies during any intervals or breaks in play.
SPORTING clubs in Ipswich have worked hard with Ipswich City Council and external funding sources to provide upgrades to numerous sporting facilities in the city.
Some of the upgraded facilities are:
Tivoli Sporting Complex (a new five-lane cricket net facility under LED lights);
North Ipswich Reserve (new video scoreboard);
Jim Donald Parklands (includes a storm water harvesting facility and the introduction of two new rectangle fields with two more to come);
Redbank Recreation Reserve (new field and storm water harvesting facility).
Irrigation was installed at Woodend Park, Caledonian Park, Redbank Recreation Reserve Oval A.
Numerous lighting upgrades to LED technology were made at Tivoli Sporting Complex, George and Eileen Hastings Sporting Complex, Mark Marsh Oval, Suttons Park, Evan Marginson and Jim Donald Parklands.
Active Parks Month
This year saw the introduction of Active Parks month in September.
Activities were provided all across the city and included boxing, pilates, line dancing, boot camp, yogalates and family soccer.
Sport Ipswich thanks all the sport and recreation clubs in Ipswich for working with us in 2016.
We look forward to working with you to make 2017 bigger and better.
Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.