Harrup Park and Great Barrier Reef Arena have always been “By Community, For Community” in support of grassroots sport and nurturing local talent. 


With the creation of the Mackay Sports Foundation in 2024, they now assist eligible youth of the region in any sport to attend their national and international competitions; to learn, network and grow in their sporting endeavours through exposure to game play at the highest levels. 


The Mackay Sports Foundation’s mission is to provide eligible Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac based players, coaches and officials aged 21 years and under with travel grants to offset some of the considerable costs of attending their national and international competitions. 


This financial assistance across abilities, backgrounds and circumstances promotes fairness and equal opportunity, allowing high achieving local young sports stars to soar to even higher heights in their personal and professional growth and in turn they gain a platform for the community recognition and pride they deserve, to share their story and become role models and future leaders inspiring the next generation. 


There are two grant rounds each year, closing on 1 March and 1 September, with successful athletes receiving $500 to attend national competitions and $700 for international competitions

Michael Kasprowicz
Professional cricketer 1995-2006.
38 test matches, 43 one day internationals.
Former Board Member, Cricket Australia
Former CEO, Qld Cricket
Co-Founder of Bulls Masters
Cricket Commentator Sport, Not-For-Profit & Business Advisor and Consultant

I am proud to have been working with Harrup Park for some time now in the development of junior, womens and senior community cricket in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions. 

And with the new fantastic Great Barrier Reef Arena, they have fast become an internationally renowned host of top level cricket and AFL games at one of the best regional arenas in the nation. Now with the creation of the Mackay Sports Foundation, I am delighted to see this dedication extend to embracing and empowering youth to be their very best in any chosen sport through offering travel grants. 

Helping to alleviate one of the biggest costs to attending national and international level competition, that of travel, means that more youth can experience such a high standard of competitive play, to expand their horizons and build their confidence through networking with peers, coaches and mentors. 

Tomorrow’s elite sports ambassadors are today’s local youth in need of travel assistance to pursue their dreams. 

The generous contributions of donors like you allow the Foundation to offer more grant money to more worthy recipients each 6-monthly round. 

Ideally their financial goal is that all eligible applicants in each round will receive grant funding. 

Be assured your full donation goes directly to the successful grant recipients – there are no operational cost deductions whatsoever. 

Thank you in advance for your support in helping the Mackay Sports Foundation achieve its goals – which will in turn help the sporting youth of the region reach theirs.