Athletes from far and wide will contest the Shepparton International Squash Championship this month.
Shepparton’s squash courts on Archer St will host the event for the fourth straight year, from August 23 to 27.
It will be a Trans-Tasman battle between the competition’s top two contenders with Australian Josh Larkin and New Zealander Evan Williams a good chance of meeting in the final.
Top-seed Larkin is ranked 79th in the world and has competed on the Professional Squash Association tour for the past five seasons.
The highly competitive field boasts players from 13 different countries and they will be expected to do it all over again in years to come.
Greater Shepparton City Council and the Goulburn Valley Squash Club announced yesterday Shepparton would host the event until at least 2019.
Deputy Mayor Kim O’Keeffe was delighted with the announcement and expected such a competition to bring plenty of players, officials and spectators to the area.
‘‘It’s fantastic to be hosting another world-class event in Greater Shepparton and I hope all visitors enjoy their time here,’’ Cr O’Keeffe said.
‘‘This three-year partnership continues to strengthen our reputation as the sporting event capital keeping the local economy strong and businesses busy.’’
The tournament will also offer local players the opportunity to showcase their abilities on the Saturday and Sunday, with a number of graded events occurring.
Qualification for the event will take place on Wednesday, August 23, with free entry and spectators welcome to attend the world-class event.