TUG-OF-WAR is not a sport often played in the grounds of Queens Park.

The Australian Malayali Association has introduced the rarely-seen game to the Toowoomba community and on Saturday hosted the Tug-of-War national championship.

The event was attended by members of the Malayali community and a few curious onlookers, fascinated by the gruelling stand-off between teams from all over the state.


Committee member Ashley Wilson said the knock-out competition was part of the association's spring harvest festival.

"The competition is part of our efforts to keep our traditional culture alive when living far away from our home," he said.

The Malayalees in Toowoomba are expatriates from the south-western state of Kerala in India.

More than 200 people from the Kerala region are living in the city.