Wakesessions Australia announces a major sponsorship deal with Mackay Airport



With less than 4 weeks remaining, the team from Wakesessions Australia are delighted to announce Mackay Airport as its latest Presenting Sponsor.

Wakesessions Australia will be the first time a World Wakeboarding Association, Wake Park World Series (WPWS), has been held in Australia. The event is scheduled to take place as part of the official grand opening of the new GoWake Cable Park in Andergrove Lakes, Mackay from the 15th – 17th of November.

The event will showcase the world’s best wakeboarders as they compete for prize money and worlds series points. It will also incorporate a major music event featuring The Living End as its headline act. The Wakesessions festival is set to be a major drawcard in attracting both interstate and international visitors to the city of Mackay.

Rob Porter, General Manager, Mackay Airport said the airport is proud to come on board as a Presenting Sponsor for what will be a signature event for the region.

“Key events help underpin our growing tourism offer. Wakesessions is a first for Australia and it’s exciting to think it is happening right here in Mackay,” Mr Porter said.

“As the gateway to our city for workdays and holidays, Mackay Airport looks forward to welcoming participants, their support teams and spectators from around Australia and overseas and we encourage the locals to get right behind it as well.”

Mackay Airport is part of the NQA Group which also operates Cairns Airport. As part of Mackay Airport’s event partnership, the teams from both Mackay & Cairns Airports will be working with the Wakesessions team in marketing the event throughout its terminals to an estimated audience of around 120,000 each week, something that event organizers welcome as part of the partnership.

Adrian Young, Event Co-Director from 4 Eva Young Entertainments states “We are very excited to have the support of Mackay Airport. What this allows us to do as an event is speak directly to our audience within the Mackay and Cairns terminals. In particular the regular visitors from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney markets who use the Mackay terminals as they head to the region to work.

The event will take place on November 15-17 in Mackay at the GoWake Cable Park in Andergrove Lakes.

The event will be the fifth stop on the WPWS tour, which includes series stops in the USA, UAE, Thailand and the Philippines.

The event will feature international, national and local riders including the reigning 2012 Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s World Champions James Windsor and Angelica Schreiber who are both Queensland athletes.

GoWake Cable Parks Marketing Manager and Co-Director of Wakesessions, Des Dougherty, said everyone at GoWake is looking forward to being involved Australia’s first Wake Park World Series.

“From the time we announced the event to the community of Mackay, we have been overwhelmed with the support we have received.”

Wakesessions Australia will also feature a major music event on Saturday November 16 with headline act The Living End joined by PEZ, Loon Lake, Dune Rats and Ashleigh Cordingley.

These major artists will be supported by local and national bands and DJ’s playing throughout the event on the Friday and Sunday. These include Alison Wonderland, Asta, Touch Sensitive, Remi, Grey Ghost, Scowny XEdge, The Miller Brothers and Lloyd Saunders.

Adrian Young from 4 Eva Young Entertainment said The Living End is the biggest band he’s secured for Mackay.

“Apart from ACDC the Living End are the biggest Australian band of the last 20 years still performing together so I am very excited to be announcing the band as part of the Wake Sessions Festival.”

Des Dougherty said organisers are also thankful for the sponsorship support that has come in from several fantastic local companies.

Presenting Sponsors: Mackay Airport & Tamroc Mine Service

Gold Sponsors: Jet Pilot & Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd

Silver Sponsors: Quest Mackay, Custom Signs & Safety, LKI, GoRide Australia & Andergrove Lakes

Bronze Sponsors: H2opia, Tige Boats, Liquid Force & Mackay Tourism

Corey Vaughn from Tamroc Mining Services said as a local family owned and operated business he was excited to be given the opportunity to become the Presenting Sponsor for Wakesessions 2013.

“As soon as we found out that the event was being held in Mackay, we just knew that we wanted to offer our support. As a family, we love the sport of wakeboarding and we are very excited that we now have an opportunity to see the sport progress in our home town,” Mr Vaughn said.

Sharon Johnston from Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal said the company was proud to be part of the local community and loved helping bring events to the Mackay Region.

“We jumped at the opportunity to be involved in Wakesessions as it adds to the liveability of the region, as well as providing an event that will attract tourists and elite athletes to town. The community has been calling out for more activities for families and young people and I think that the wakeboarding park and an event like Wakesessions will help fill that gap.”

Chris Dunn, Marketing Manager from Jet Pilot said the company has been involved in wakeboarding for over 20 years.

“Over this time, we have seen the sport progress into what is now the fastest growing board sport in Australia. As a company, we are committed to building the sport from a grassroots level and the opportunity to work with the team from Wakesessions to host Australia’s biggest cable wakeboarding event was something we knew we wanted to be involved in”.

For more information visit: www.wakesessions.com.au

Media Opportunity – Interviews / Photos/ Film

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2013

Time: 11:30am

What: Announcement of Mackay Airport as Presenting Sponsor.

Where: Mackay Airport


Des Dougherty:  Event Co-Director Wakesessions Australia (Sports and Media)

Adrian Young:  Event Co-Director Wakesessions Australia (Music and Logistics)

Rob Porter: General Manager, Mackay Airport

For media enquiries please call:  Des Dougherty 0421 768 108 des@gowake.com.au

Helen Laird 0418 191 652 helen.laird@cairnsairport.com.au

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