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Nominations open for Gurrung Sports Carnival

14 July 2017

The greatly-anticipated Gurrung Sports Carnival is shaping up to be a huge event for the West Arnhem region in 2017.
Nominations are now open for the top end’s largest regional sports tournament which will be held in Jabiru on 25-27 August 2017.
Hosted by West Arnhem Regional Council, Gurrung Sports Carnival will feature the men’s AFL competition as well as men’s and women’s basketball games with hundreds of participants across the sports. This year will also see the introduction of a mixed touch football competition to the growing tournament. 
West Arnhem Regional Council Youth, Sport and Recreation Coordinator Seide Ramadani said teams from across the top end including Gunbalanya, Jabiru, Daly Waters, Warruwi, Maningrida, Pine Creek, Minjilang and Darwin are expected to enter this year’s competition.
“Sport creates formidable bonds between people and Gurrung has become a special part of the proud local identity over eight years. Not only do we witness great sporting prowess, but the forming of friendships and memories across a vast and diverse landscape,” Seide said.
AFL, touch football and basketball teams from around the region are encouraged to get their nomination forms in by 8 August to take part in this year’s competition.
This year’s Gurrung Sports Carnival will also once again run in conjunction with the Mahbilil Festival which is an annual celebration of Kakadu culture, featuring indigenous bands and local art displays.
Seide said the sports event isn’t just about winning but rather participating and having a great weekend at both the sports carnival as well as the Mahbilil Festival.
“The weekend is certainly about communities coming together to enjoy both events with plenty of fun to be had and entertainment on offer.”
Plans for the major event are well under way and volunteers and potential sponsors are encouraged to contact Seide on 0429 652 085. You can also receive a nomination form by contacting Seide.