Wide Bay helps Aussie Rules

AUSSIE Rules has celebrated a big milestone this year - and the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay regions have played a special part in it.

The AFL has released the participation figures for the 2009 season and Queensland has broken the 100,000 mark for the first time.

The total number of participants reached 103,358, representing an increase of 5% on last year's total figure.

The figures are calculated from the number of participants who take part in six week of either junior, youth, senior, veteran, Auskick, school and recreational Aussie rules.

The Wide Bay made a significant contribution with 4546 locals taking part in organised AFL activities, with everyone from Auskick in schools to the AFL Bundaberg Wide Bay competition, which was won by the Hervey Bay Bombers this year, included in the count.

“It is a fantastic achievement to have over 4500 participants from what is classified as a regional part of Queensland,” AFL Queensland CEO Richard Griffiths said.



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