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Toyota AFL Grand Final 2020 Queensland Sports Event of the Year

THE HISTORIC Toyota AFL Grand Final 2020 at Gabba was named Queensland Sport Event of the Year at the Queensland Sport Awards 2021 on Thursday evening.

The 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final between Richmond and Geelong Cats made history as the first AFL Grand Final in the Gabba and was the first time the event took place outside of Victoria in 123 years of competition.

The 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final, played at night for the first time, welcomed a COVID capacity of 29,707 people to the event, making it one of the largest crowds to gather in 2020.

The 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final was one of four AFL-based finalists to be recognized at the 2021 QSport Awards, with the Brisbane Lions AFLW Team (2021 XXXX Queensland Team of the Year), Brisbane Lions Women’s CEO Breanna Brock (2021 Gallagher Queensland Administrator of the Year.)) And Craig Starcevich (2021 LGAQ Queensland Coach of the Year), coach of the Brisbane Lions AFLW Premiership, for their outstanding contribution to the sport in Queensland.

The annual Queensland Sport Awards were established in 1995 and are designed to recognize the achievements of athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and organizations.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said it was an honor to receive the prestigious award and thanked everyone involved for making the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final possible.

The 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership season will be remembered as one of the most difficult in the history of our game, but also one of the most special

– Gillon McLachlan

“To all of the Queenslanders who supported the game, be it from the gabba, their lounge rooms or their local footy ovals.

“I would like to thank the Queensland Government, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and former Minister Kate Jones for their support in helping us take the game to new heights in Queensland, as well as Brisbane City Council , Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sports, including Queensland Tourism and Events and Queensland Stadiums, who helped bring the Grand Final to life.

“83 Toyota AFL Premiership Games have been played in the lead up to the Grand Final as well as many other training sessions and this would not have been possible without the support of councils across Queensland including Cairns, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Sunshine, Coast and Brisbane.

“I would also like to thank Toyota and the other major corporate partners the AFL and our broadcast partners Channel Seven, Foxtel and Telstra, as well as all of the local Queensland musical / artistic talent who performed in the pre and halftime entertainment that helped us make it to make it a grand finale that will be remembered forever. “

AFL Queensland Head Trisha Squires said the legacy of hosting the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final at the Gabba continues to thrive, with a record number of Queenslanders playing the game in 2021, support and follow.

Queensland had the highest number of registered community club football participants this year, surpassing the previous record of 2019.

– Trisha Knappen

“The participation of women continues to rise, with women and girls making up 25 percent of registered community football participants, while the number of NAB AFL kicks in the community is up 31 percent.

“We have also seen annual growth in our StreetSmarts AFLQ Schools Cup and strong participation from juniors who have contributed to the health of the game across the state.

“In addition, Queensland had record-breaking TV ratings year-round in 2021, while the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS both set new all-time club membership records.”

As part of their commitment to leaving a legacy after the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final in Queensland, the AFL and the Queensland Government have formed an $ 8 million partnership to create the AFL Queensland Grand Final Facilities Fund, Community Clubs, Schools and local councils will provide funding for the development of women-friendly dressing rooms, new ovals, and upgrading of existing fields and lighting.

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