It's all about sport this summer in Wagga
Author: Visit Wagga Wagga team
First published: 05 Jan 2018.
Summer and sport go hand-in-hand whether you're spectating or participating! Everything from national level spectator events to those you can jump into yourself are on in Wagga and surrounds.
Big Bash is on its way
Headlining the summer sporting calendar, witness the Sydney Thunder take on the Adelaide Strikers in a Women’s Big Bash League double-header at Robertson Oval in January.
The City of Good Sports will be the first New South Wales destination for the Queen’s Baton Relay on 28 January to round out a weekend of Australia Day events. Travelling around the country after a tour of the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton will receive a spectacular welcome in Wagga Wagga before it continues its journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Splashes, thrills + spills
The best water polo players in the country will be making a splash alongside some of the future stars at the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre with Water Polo Australia National League Games and the Under 12 National Championship.
Speaking of making a splash, it’s not summer in Wagga without the World Championship Gumi Race! See teams (and a few individuals) battle their way down the ‘Bidgee in February on rafts crafted from all kinds of inflatables… and no doubt an upside-down trampoline or two.
Get set for the best thrills and spills in February in Wagga. Alongside the Gumi, Saturday 3 February will be the Gil Mathew Wagga Pro Rodeo, followed by intense action on the water at Lake Albert on Saturday 17 February as the Australian GP Power Boat Circuit Racing returns to the city.
Take a little drive...
Sport is on the cards across the wider region as well with events an easy drive from Wagga.
Pick a distance from 20 to 100 kilometres and jump on your bike for the Tumut Cycle Classic on Sunday 21 January. Enjoy the serenity alongside the Tumut and Little Rivers and some sensational views of Blowering Dam.
If keeping active is your thing, there’s triathlons too - a fabulous way to explore our neighbouring towns this summer while staying fit! Sunday 11 February will see the Temora RAMS Triathlon held at Lake Centenary, then back up your efforts with The Rock Triathlon two weeks later.
If you miss Wagga’s earlier in February, you can catch the Narrandera Rodeo on Saturday 24 February. The best roughriders, buckjumpers and bulls are only an hours’ drive away.
Don't forget our local sporting champions
If it’s sport you love, be sure to pay a visit to the city’s Sporting Hall of Fame at the Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens site. It displays objects from some of the city’s most well-known sportspeople, including former Matildas team member Sally Shipard, Paul Kelly (AFL), Michael Slater (cricket), Geoff Lawson (cricket) and Steve and Chris Mortimer (rugby league).