Murray unveils countdown clock

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JCU Townsville Fire vice-captain Mia Murray has unveiled the Strand’s newest drawcard as part of the countdown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 2014/15 Rachael Sporn medallist was a part of the official GC2018 delegation on Saturday that included the Minister for Commonwealth Games, the Hon. Stirling Hinchcliffe, MP, the Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart, MP, and Townsville City Council Mayor Jenny Hill.

A surfboard shaped clock will serve as an ongoing reminder to the up-coming Games which includes preliminary rounds of basketball to be played at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.

“The unveiling of the countdown clock marks an important milestone for the Townsville community as the whole state counts down to the Games in 2018,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“The clock is a timely reminder that all of Queensland will be part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, particularly event cities like Townsville which will be centre stage come Games time.

“The 2018 Games will be the largest sporting event staged in Australia in a decade and Townsville’s inclusion as an event city will generate long-term benefits for the entire community, and deliver upgraded sporting infrastructure and outstanding tourism exposure to a global audience of more than 1.5 billion people.

“The world will be watching Queensland come Games time and we know this major event will deliver a boost for our state and cities like Townsville providing new jobs and volunteering opportunities.”

Having guided the Fire to back-to-back WNBL titles, Murray said she still harboured ambitions of representing the Opals after missing selection at the recent Rio Olympics.

“Representing Australia at senior level is still a goal of mine,” Murray said.

“While I love playing in front of townsville in the red and black (of the Fire), it would be just so special to do it in the green and gold.”

Murray and he teammates are poised to come together next month for the Fire’s pre-season program including a Community Camp in Mackay.

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