Newcastle set to host 2014 Eastern Unigames

NEWCASTLE has been named as host city for yet another big sporting event.

It was announced last week that the 2014 Eastern Unigames will come to Newcastle.

The announcement came two weeks after the city hosted the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games and two days before the Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series at Newcastle beach.

The Unigames are expected to attract 3000 university and TAFE students to the region for four days of competition.

Newcastle council's tourism and economic development manager Jan Ross said the games would bring great pride to the city.

"We are thrilled to have secured hosting rights . . . and believe it is testament to the quality of facilities and the community support that Newcastle has to offer for sporting events," she said.

The 3000 athletes and officials will travel to Newcastle from across NSW and the ACT.

They will compete in 17 sports including football, tennis, tenpin bowling, AFL, netball, lawn bowls, surfing and hockey.

The event is the precursor to the Australian University Games, which Newcastle hosted in 2003 and will be held in Sydney in September.

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