Clay to host five Sunshine State Games competitions in June

For Clay Today
Posted 3/31/21

CLAY COUNTY – Clay County was selected to host five Sunshine State Games events in June.

The games, which started last week at Wesley Chapel and Polk County, traditionally have been in Alachua …

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Clay to host five Sunshine State Games competitions in June

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CLAY COUNTY – Clay County was selected to host five Sunshine State Games events in June.

The games, which started last week at Wesley Chapel and Polk County, traditionally have been in Alachua and Polk counties since 1980, but this year organizers decided to move baton twirling, canoe/kayak marathon, disc golf, pickleball and ultimate Frisbee competition to county facilities from June 11-13.

Baton twirling will be at Oakleaf High, while ultimate Frisbee will be staged at the Plantation Sports Complex on Fleming Island. Kayaking will start at the Middleburg Boat Ramp, and disc golf and pickleball will be at Ronnie Van Zant Park at Lake Asbury near Green Cove Springs. All but canoe and kayaking, which is scheduled for June 12, are three-day events.

“Clay County is excited to serve as host of the Sunshine State Games and introduce the participants, supporters, and fans of these sports to our area,” said Mike Cella, Chairman of the Clay County Board of County Commissioners. “We appreciate the Florida Sports Foundation’s support of our efforts to become more of a sports destination and look forward to a great weekend of competition that will be spread throughout our area.”

Other statewide events include judo, karate/katsu, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting, powerlifting, archery, basketball, fencing, swimming, synchronized swimming, tennis, track and field and flag football.

The games conclude on June 27.

The 36-hole disc golf courses at RVZ Park were designed and built by Clay Today Publisher Jon Cantrell.

“You do these things became you love to play the game,” Cantrell said. “The community enjoys it, too. We’ve got players who come from all over the world to play there.”

The first course opened in 2019 and the Rattlesnake Challenge course was added a few years later.

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