Tatiara District Council to support State of a Warrior event

COMING BACK: Michael Herbst (left) vs Tom Wilkins at the 2018 State of a Warrior Thai Kickboxing competition event held in Bordertown. Photo: William Luu Fight Photography.
COMING BACK: Michael Herbst (left) vs Tom Wilkins at the 2018 State of a Warrior Thai Kickboxing competition event held in Bordertown. Photo: William Luu Fight Photography.

The Bordertown BJMA Club will once again host the hugely successful 'State of a Warrior' event at the Tatiara Civic Centre on October 19.

The event has been held at the Civic Centre since 2016, drawing interest from people around the country and overseas.

"The event is the only one of its kind in regional South Australia but it is recognised both nationally and overseas, with an international title to be contested for the first time this year," event coordinator Robyn Miles said.

Due to the high cost of running such an event, the club reached out to the Tatiara District Council seeking a $3000 community grant to support the event.

Event organisers mentioned the majority of the costs to run the event would be covered by ticket sales, catering, merchandise and pay per view, with great support from local sponsorship contributing largely to running costs.

Council considered and supported the same request for the event in 2018, providing a community grant of $3000 in September last year.

At the most recent council meeting, a number of councillors acknowledged the significance of the event and the amount of people it would bring to Bordertown.

Cr Ken McInerney said the council needed to get behind the club, due to what it had achieved over the last 3-4 years.

He mentioned the massive opportunity that will be presented to the town, both physically in the town and with the event again being broadcast live worldwide, via PPV.

"Last year the event was exceptional, I think we would be doing them a disservice if we turned our backs on them. Also, I would like to think if we support them, they are going to support us with the Masters Games."

After discussion among councillors, the council came to an agreement to allocate $1700, along with 50 per cent discount for the hire of the civic centre.