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Gold Coast to host Australia’s biggest ever gymnastics event
The Commonwealth Games may be over but the gymnastics action is only just beginning on the Gold Coast, with Australia’s biggest ever gymnastics event set to be staged at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre next month.
Gymnastics Australia’s premier participation event, the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival, will bring over 5,000 competitors, officials, and support staff – not to mention spectators – from across Australia to the Gold Coast in September and October, for a 17-day festival of gymnastics, running from September 13 to October 7.
With the support of Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival will be held at Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre – which played host to the Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Wrestling competitions at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) – from 2018 through until 2020.
Gymnastics Australia’s CEO, Kitty Chiller, said it was fantastic to see the legacy of the 2018 Commonwealth Games continuing on the Gold Coast.
“This year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast were very successful for our sport,” Ms Chiller reiterated. “Not only did we come away with nine medals – including two Gold - across all three Gymsports contested at the Games, but the gymnastics competition was one of the first events of the Games to completely sell out.
“This tells us that the Gold Coast loves gymnastics, so we are excited that we are able to give both participants and spectators the opportunity to use these fantastic facilities as a legacy of the Games.
“This will be the fourth running of the National Clubs Carnival as a multi-Gymsport event,” Ms Chiller continued, “and it will not only be the biggest National Clubs Carnival we have held to date, but in fact the biggest event Gymnastics Australia has ever held, with 3,895 athletes and over 1,000 officials from 236 Clubs across Australia registered to take part.”
Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said to host Australia’s biggest gymnastics event was a coup for Queensland.
“This event will inject almost $6 million into the local economy this year alone and will drive visitors to the Gold Coast,” Ms Jones said.
“The Gold Coast has cemented its reputation as a world-class events host following the Commonwealth Games – the largest event in Queensland’s history.
“We’ve only been able to secure this great event as a result of our investment in infrastructure ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“More than 3,800 gymnasts will compete at the world-class Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara and I look forward to welcoming competitors, spectators, coaches and volunteers to Queensland.”
Gold Coast Deputy Mayor, Donna Gates, reiterated Ms Chiller’s and Ms Jones’ comments, saying that the legacy of GC2018 is that the Gold Coast is now a major events hub.
“Post-Commonwealth Games legacy is about ensuring we continue to activate our venues, with major sporting and cultural events,’’ said Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates.
“We are seeing the Gold Coast continue to evolve as a major events city not only nationally, but across the southern hemisphere.
“I welcome Gymnastics Australia, competitors, their families and officials to our city and trust you take time to enjoy everything we have to offer.’’
The National Clubs Carnival features the Olympic disciplines of Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics, as well as competitive Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics, plus the non-competitive discipline of Gymnastics for All.
Highlights of the competition include GC2018 Gold Medallist on Floor, Alexandra Eade, competing in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Australian Classic event, whilst GC2018 Gold Medallist on Vault, Chris Remkes, will also be taking to the Floor in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championship team trial, which will be held in conjunction with the National Clubs Carnival competition.
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The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival, which features on the ‘It’s Live! in Queensland’ events calendar. Your perfect next event is in Queensland where live events combine with the most incredible destinations, and life is beautiful one day, perfect the next.
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