CUP LANDS NRL STAR
FORMER rugby league player Scott Prince can't wait to come to the region and visit the local sites after being named as the ambassador of the coming touch football competition the Bundaberg Cup.
Prince, who played 300 NRL matches for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Wests Tigers, will also play for one of the teams that will try to win the $20,000 on offer in the competition next month.
It is the largest prize pool for a touch event in the country.
Speaking to NewsMail, Prince says that Bundaberg holds a close place to his heart.
"My wife comes from Bundaberg, so we love coming here, but just don't do it as often as we should," Prince said.
"I'm honoured and privileged to be named as an ambassador for the Bundaberg Cup."
The 2005 premiership player also added it was great to see a regional town hold a big event.
"A lot of good players, from touch and rugby league, come from regional areas of Queensland," he said.
"To showcase big events in those regions is a great recognition for what regional areas like Bundaberg do to the game." While he is here competing in the event, the former Clive Churchill Medallist also wants to visit as much of the area as he can.
"My focus is purely on playing in the event, and I'll be trying my best to win the competition for my team," he said.
"When I'm not competing there will be a number of places I want to visit, including the rum distillery and the turtles laying eggs on the shore near the beach."
Bundaberg Touch Football Association president David Field welcomed the news of Prince being named as the ambassador.
"Scott is a great ambassador for the Cup, and for touch football around Australia," Field said.
With just one month to go until the event, Field said the competition was on track to be a successful one.
"The event is starting to gain momentum. It has taken time for teams to build but we are getting on track to achieve the amount of entries we want," he said.
"It's a great event for our community to be involved in, and teams from around Bundaberg are excited to be competing.
"Our aim is to make sure all people who come for the event return another time to visit the area."
Those interested in forming a team can still apply online at the official Queensland touch football site.