THE 2013 Victorian Teachers Games took place in Ballarat this week, with more than 2200 teachers from around the state joining forces for some intense physical and social activity.
The games, which began on Sunday and finished with a closing ceremony at the North Ballarat Sports Club yesterday, consisted of 37 sports and activities spread throughout the city.
The Croydon Special Development School took out the Minister’s Cup for being the most competitive school.
Among the most popular sports and activities were mixed social netball, novice lawn bowls, dodgeball, bubble soccer, trivia night, which attracted more than 160 participants per night, and “Amazing Ballarat” – Ballarat’s own version of The Amazing Race.
“All the teachers were very pleased with the support they received from the City of Ballarat and Ballarat Regional Tourism – it’s just a perfect city to host this event because of its size and range and quality of facilities and accommodation,” South Western Victoria Region spokesperson Carlo Ticchi said.
Ballarat Regional Tourism spokesperson George Sossi was excited about the economic benefit of the games.
“This week’s games have been an outstanding success for the city and the conservative number regarding money that has been put into the city’s economy is about $1.1 million,” Sossi said.