Uni games will be economic boon for Coffs

THE Coffs Coast is about to be invaded!

More than 3000 students will be here from July 2 to 6 for the Eastern University Games.

Thrilled organisers have been inundated with entries, so much so they've been forced to fit extra teams into schedules.

"The games are shaping up as one of the best yet," project manager Des Hoy said.

"With more than 3000 participants now registered, we are looking forward to witnessing a great week of competition at Coffs Harbour."

The mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, said he was looking forward to welcoming the students to the region.

"The games will be a fantastic opportunity for sport lovers across the Coffs Coast to come and see some of our future stars in action," Cr Rhoades said.

"I hope that it will also inspire our youngest athletes to reach the very top in their own sports.

"Not only will it provide an opportunity for sports fans to see some topclass competition, but it will also bring a massive $3 million economic boost to the city."

The NSW Motor Accidents Authority, under its youth road safety banner Arrive Alive, is sponsoring the games, which will feature 21 sports. They range from badminton and baseball to ultimate frisbee and volleyball.

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