Support Strengthens Historic Cutters Season

The Mackay Cutters will run three female divisions for the first time ever this year, a clear demonstration of the value of investment in grassroots sports, club leaders say.

It comes as Mackay Airport continues its major sponsorship of the Cutters, whose historic season will kick off this week, in line with International Women’s Day.

Mackay Airport Head of Operations Adrian Miles said it was exciting to see the club’s continual growth.

“We know how much the Cutters mean to the Mackay community, and that’s why we invest in their success,” he said.

“It is wonderful to see more female divisions than ever this year, because it tangibly shows how local families are benefitting from our long-term support. The Cutters are dedicated to our region, and the impact of that commitment is truly on display this season.”

“Successes like this showcase Mackay to a wider audience, which can lead to increased visitation and economic benefits, particularly during key fixtures.”

In 2024, the QCSS Mackay Cutters will compete across three female divisions – Under 17, Under 19 and the BMD Women’s.

Powerhouse players Emma Manzelmann and Jasmine Peters, both signed to the North Queensland Cowboys, will be among the Cutters side when they face off against the Tweed Heads Seagulls this weekend.

Ms Peters said it would be meaningful to take the field on Saturday following International Women’s Day and in light of the increased female representation across Cutters’ games.

“There are more opportunities than ever for girls in rugby league, and sport overall. It’s fantastic to see how far we have come, and to witness the next talented group of women come through the ranks to be role models and represent our region,” she said.

Mitch Cook, QCSS Mackay Cutters Chief Executive Officer, said the expansion of the club in 2024 was testament to the Cutters’ commitment to the region.

“Our club represents far more than just rugby league. We strive to be inclusive and community-minded in everything we do,” he said.

“Support from organisations like Mackay Airport enables us to continually reinvest in our town, providing new opportunities and enabling more locals to get involved in our great game, which builds long-term health and social benefits.”