The 2019 Glencore Great Western Games kicked off with an opening ceremony at the Mount Isa Hockey fields on Friday.
Youngsters marched past carrying banners for each of the 18 sports in the games, half of which will take place in Mount Isa.
Gibson Chitumbura of naming rights sponsor Glencore said the events taking place over the next two weekends along the Overlanders Way would have 2000 competitors, which almost put it on a par with the Winter Olympics which has less than 3000 competitors.
Flinders Shire Deputy Mayor Sean O'Neill was the MC and he said the event has been run every two years since 2009.
"The Great Western Games gives an opportunity for athletes, officials and supporters to participate in the event while taking in what Outback Queensland has to offer," Cr O'Neill said.
"We have 65 people taking part in the boxing alone in Charters Towers."
He thanked Mount Isa City Council for putting together the opening and closing ceremonies and Cr Peta MacRae spoke for MICC.
Cr MacRae said the Games were the culmination of the efforts of a number of dedicated people in sporting groups from Charters Towers to Mount Isa.
"Together they create an event that is unlike anything else in our region," Cr MacRae said.
Two games ambassadors gave speeches.
They were former rugby league player Neville Costigan and Olympic hockey gold medal winner and Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles.
Knowles will also be giving clinics at the hockey all weekend, which is also one of the sports represented as well as hosting the opening ceremony.
Patrick Roche made the athlete's oath while Patricia Richards made the officials oath.
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