If you’re a footy, basketball or swimming fan, chances are you were at the Karratha Leisureplex (KLP) the weekend before last – April 5th to 7th.
Our counters registered some 15,000 through the gates over the three days, which with revisits removed indicates approximately 12,000 people turned up!
Why? Well on that one weekend we had the St Luke’s College inter-house swimming carnival; the Festival of Football; the Karratha Basketball Association grand finals; the North West Open Swimming Championships; and on Saturday night, the Karratha Senior High School Ball!
The City’s inaugural AFL Festival of Football went over 10 days and included West Coast Eagles school visits, Natanui Academy fitness testing, coaching and umpiring courses, a Dockers Cup primary school competition and mental health workshops.
But Saturday was the big day, kicking off at 9am and continuing under the lights until 9pm with juniors to veterans taking to the oval for back-to-back games. We hope to host this popular event in partnership with the WA Football Commission and our sponsors in the future.
Inside the KLP, the Karratha Basketball Association grand finals also went all day and ended in a thrilling senior men’s match with the moveable grandstand seats fully out and the room filled to capacity.
In the pool, 159 competitors from swimming clubs in Karratha, Port Hedland, Newman, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Pannawonica, Broome, Exmouth and Carnarvon participated in the annual North West Open Swimming Championships.
Nearly 40 records were broken this year.
This long-running event is held in Karratha each year and took place just one month after the Country Pennants were held at the KLP in March.
The KLP Function Room was really buzzing Saturday night when 300 Karratha High school students and teachers in their finest attire let their hair down for the school ball.
So, a huge weekend. We are very fortunate to have this fantastic facility – but more so, to have such a tremendous, positive and active community who make these investments worthwhile.