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2018 Commonwealth Games
The international spotlight will be on the Gold Coast in 2018, when the city hosts one of the largest multi-sport events in the world the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games TM.
6500 athletes and team officials from over 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will participate in 11 days of competition, with the event broadcast to almost one third of the worlds population.
The spectacular $41 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre was recently completed. The centre includes a new 50 metre competition pool, 50 metre training pool, dive platform and pool, indoor learn-to-swim centre, conference facilities, gymnasium and cafe.
Work is about to commence on the $100 million redevelopment of Carrara Sports Precinct. This internationally significant sports precinct, which incorporates the 25,000 seat Carrara Stadium (upgraded to 40,000 for the Commonwealth Games), and the world class new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre will host the Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, badminton, wrestling and weightlifting competition.
Carrara Sports Precinct is also home to one of the city’s two national sporting franchises, the Gold Coast Suns AFL team, and is an ideal major event and high performance training location.
The Gold Coast is already a training destination of choice for international sporting teams and new infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games will ensure the city has the facilities to meet any requirement.
“I attribute part of my success to the training and coaching I have received on the Gold Coast. The warm climate, the beaches and hundreds of parks, as well as the top quality local sports facilities provide the perfect training environment. As a Gold Coast athlete competing internationally, I am thrilled about the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM and believe they will be a major driver for sports development in the city.”
Sally Pearson, Olympic Gold Medalist 2012
one of the largest multi-sport events in the world
$200 million in new sporting infrastructure