Sports events to put Bendigo in the limelight

BENDIGO will get few better opportunities to sell itself on a national and world stage than the next few weeks.

Bendigo Spirit clinched a home Women’s National Basketball League grand final with a huge semi-final win over Dandenong at Bendigo Stadium on Sunday.

The victory will ensure plenty of media attention for the Spirit and this city leading up to ABC TV’s live coverage of the grand final from Bendigo Stadium on March 10.

The Spirit is also sure to generate plenty of community goodwill leading up to the grand final and that’s great reward for a team that has stuck by this city.

A Bendigo Spirit WNBL championship would be one of the great sporting achievements for this city.

Bendigo’s famous Madison cycling and running carnival will share the spotlight on that Super Sunday of sport, with the event again attracting world-class bike riders and runners this year.

The Madison has long been a community favourite, with large crowds turning out each year.

The carnival captures the attention of the cycling and running communities across Australia and the world, which provides Bendigo with another showcase moment.

A week later the Bendigo Jockey Club will host its second stand-alone metropolitan race meeting with the Golden Mile program.

The club will be hoping to build on the good crowd which turned out for the first Golden Mile race day last year.

Given the Seven Network’s newfound interest in horse racing, the added bonus for the BJC this year is that the Golden Mile races should be shown on national free-to-air television in conjunction with the feature Sydney meeting – a great coup.

This is Bendigo’s time to shine – bring it on. 

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