first_imgThe 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships was launched this morning at Sunshine Coast Stadium in the lead up to the commencement of the event tomorrow. Australia’s best young Touch Football talent will be on display at the Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 16 September until Saturday, 19 September.The event returns to the Sunshine Coast in 2015 after the success of the events in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and will feature 38 teams from every state and territory across the country; including four teams from New Zealand, competing in the 18’s Boys and Girls divisions.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch representatives and Sunshine Coast locals, Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes are hoping to help guide their team to a National Youth Championships title in their last year representing the schools’ side after coming so close in 2014. “It’s awesome playing on my home deck, not that many people get that opportunity, especially to represent their state as well.”“We’ve been training really well, hopefully we can beat New South Wales, considering last year we lost in the final so hopefully we can turn it around,” Sykes said. “Having a lot of familiar faces from school, friends who come out to support, it’s really good having it in our local area,” Johnstone said. Division Eight Councillor, Jason O’Pray welcomed the event back to the Sunshine Coast. “We can’t wait, we love Touch Footy on the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Stadium is very excited to be hosting the National Youth Championships again.“We’re expecting between 2,500 to 3,000 people coming to town, that’s a big pot of gold coming to the Sunshine Coast in the way of economic benefit.”Touch Football Australia General Manager, Business Development and Marketing, Julian Buckmaster said that the organisation is glad to be back.  “We’ve got 38 teams in boys and girls divisions, we also have invitational New Zealand teams, so it adds a real international dimension to a national event which we find is really important in terms of the international sport component,” Buckmaster said. “The forecast at the moment looks pretty good, we’re very pleased with the facilities here and certainly the support of the Sunshine Coast Council is terrific, we love coming back every year.”The New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) team will be hoping to claim their second consecutive 18’s Girls title in 2015 following their title win over Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) in 2014.  In the 18’s Boys division, QSST will be looking for back-to-back NYC titles after defeating NSWCHS in last year’s final. Round games will be played from Wednesday through to Friday, with semi-finals and finals to be played on Saturday. The 18’s Girls final will be played at 3.20pm on Saturday, with the 18’s Boys final to follow at 4.20pm.  Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast – official destination partner for the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships. Touch Football Australia would also like to acknowledge the Sunshine Coast Council and its sponsorship of the event.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausDownload ‘Team App’ and search for ‘National Youth Championships’ to keep up-to-date with all of the latest National Youth Championships related information.Related LinksNYC launchedlast_img