AIRPORT ON BOARD WITH SEAGULLS WOMEN’S TEAM
Tweed Seagulls Women’s Rugby League team will close out the season on a high, with naming rights sponsor Gold Coast Airport extending its partnership with the club by two years.
It follows a positive inaugural season for the team under the guidance of coach Kelvin Wright.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the partnership ensured women’s rugby league in northern New South Wales would continue to be represented at a state level (in Queensland).
“It is great to see the team has attracted players from as far as New Zealand, while maintaining a focus on supporting local talent from northern New South Wales and the Gold Coast,” she said.
“We’re looking forward to following the team’s progress in the next couple of years and being part of what is already shaping up to be an exciting journey.”
The team – which includes players from Queensland and New South Wales – marked the upcoming Origin game three with a photo on a taxiway at Gold Coast Airport, which is divided by the state border.
Tweed Seagulls Chief Executive Officer Paul Stephenson said he was extremely proud of the team’s accomplishments this season, crediting it in part to the Gold Coast Airport support.
“We are really proud of what the women have achieved in their first season and feel fortunate to have had such great support from Gold Coast Airport,” he said.
“It is testament to both organisations that we are extending our partnership by a further two years.
“Gold Coast Airport understands our long-term vision for the club and this support has given us the opportunity to create not only an opportunity to play sport in northern New South Wales but for several of our team members to play at the highest possible level.
“The opportunities created would not have been possible without our partnership with the airport.”
Mr Stephenson said with just two games left in the women’s competition this season, the club was already looking towards next year, and had received significant interest from new players wanting to sign up.
Jessika Elliston made history by becoming the first Seagulls women’s player to be chosen to play at State of Origin level last month.
Gold Coast Airport supports about 40 groups and initiatives on the Gold Coast and in northern New South Wales each year.