Fraser Coast Opportunities has kicked a major goal with Australian football legend Harry Kewell teaming up with ex Wallaby star Chris Latham to promote the region to an international audience this April.
Harry Kewell humpback whale watching. Photo courtesy of TEQ.
Former Socceroo and one of Australia’s most revered sporting greats, Kewell, returns to the Fraser Coast to host football masterclasses through the Harry Kewell Academy after inspiring hundreds of future stars in his debut visit last September.
On that occasion he also showed what a good sport he was off the field by achieving international exposure for the region when he took the plunge to swim with the humpbacks as part of the 2014 ‘Guaranteed’ whale campaign.
Fraser Coast Opportunities has announced that during this month’s visit, the star of two World Cups and former Australian, Liverpool, Leeds United, Galatasaray and Melbourne Heart player will be kicking in for local tourism once again.
He will partner with one of Australia’s most recognised rugby players and passionate Fraser Coast local, Chris Latham, exploring and promoting the Great Sandy Straits and Fraser Island.
Fox Sports major rugby program Inside Rugby is currently scheduled to visit the region and report on the event.
Manager of Tourism and Events for Fraser Coast Opportunities, Tas Webber, said the visit was made possible through the support of local tourism operators including Tasman Venture, Spirit of Hervey Bay, Kingfisher Bay Resort, The Bay Apartments, Enzo’s on the Beach and Compass Helicopters who are assisting with the regional promotion.
“This is an incredible coup for the region,” Mr Webber said.
“Both Harry and Chris have been genuine stars in their respective sports and are well known in our domestic market as well as the UK which is one of our key international source markets for tourism.
“Opportunities like this help us achieve fantastic exposure for the Fraser Coast and we thank the local operators who have jumped on board,’’ he said.
Fraser Coast tourism portfolio councillor Stuart Taylor said the sports stars were great role models.
“As the councillor with the tourism portfolio it is fantastic to see an opportunity like this to promote our beautiful region with two international sports stars,’’ Cr Taylor said.
“As a father, I’m excited to see role models of Harry’s quality giving local kids inspiration and a hard-working ethos both on and off the sporting field.”
After the highly successful Harry Kewell Academy Masterclass in 2014, the program will be expanding to include Bundaberg.
Places are still available for the Harry Kewell Masterclasses on April 30 and May 1 at the Hervey Bay Sports Club. For more information and to register, head to harrykewellacademy.com/calendar