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Noosa adventure-seekers go off the beaten track thanks to Embracing 2018

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Noosa hinterland will be transformed into a playground for local adventure seekers later this month thanks to a Game On Queensland (GOQ) grant from Embracing 2018.

Noosa Council’s Come and Try Adventure Challenge will give participants a chance to try the thrilling sport of Adventure Racing – which involves paddling, mountain biking, trekking and orienteering – at their own speed and in a supportive environment.

The GOQ program has provided grants totalling $800,000 to local councils to deliver sport and active recreation events and programs as a legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Noosa Council spokesperson Alison Hamblin said the event sold out in record time and would open the eyes of the Noosa community to the beauty of their natural environment.

“A major focus of our sport and active recreation plan was to connect our residents to the hinterland and give them a chance to experience something they never thought possible,” she said.

“With more and more people engaged with events like Spartan and Tough Mudder, we saw the opportunity to offer the Come and Try Adventure Challenge as something that would engage people with an interest in outdoor sports and fitness who may not feel comfortable with a race.

“We’ll provide bikes if required and organise some free skills clinic prior so there are no obstacles for people having a go.”

Ms Hamblin said the swell of interest in the event came hot on the heels of GC2018’s connection with Queensland sporting fans.

“There’s definitely an appetite for mountain biking after the Games. People have seen what’s achievable and the pathways to get there,” she said.

“Without something like the Games the seed may never have been planted to know they can do it or encourage their kids. It was a community games and we’re seeing the impact of that.

“It’s now about having a go, pushing yourself to try something new and feeling that sense of achievement at the end.”