Australian Little League Championships kicks off in Lismore
THE first pitch of the 2015 Australian Little League baseball championships in Lismore will be made today following an opening ceremony at Albert Park last night that included fireworks.
Twenty teams from across the country will battle it out for the right to represent Australia in the Little League World Series in the United States later in the year.
"It's great to see so many talented young sports people and their supporters visiting Lismore over the next six days for the Little League national championships," NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said.
"The event uses the fantastic facilities at Albert Park and gives visitors the chance to enjoy everything on offer on the North Coast while they are here."
Lismore City Council tourism and events manager Mitch Lowe said the event would involve 360 young competitors and coaches, along with more than 600 family and friends, coming to Lismore, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.
"This is a fantastic boost for accommodation venues, cafes and retail shops," he said.