This Monday 4 April will see the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™(GC2018) countdown clock strike just two years to go until Queensland’s Gold Coast transforms into the stage for the XXI Commonwealth Games – the largest in the event’s history.
From 4 – 15 April 2018 the Gold Coast and event cities of Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns will welcome 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories to compete in 18 sports and seven para-sports across 11 days of exhilarating competition.
And with two years to go the event city is gearing up to play host to some of the world’s best athletes and visitors from every corner of the globe.
With Beach Volleyball added to the sports program and the event now boasting the largest para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history, GC2018 is well on its way to delivering an inclusive and once in a lifetime experience for all.
The year ahead is marked with key milestones including the announcement of the first official GC2018 Ambassadors and the development of the Queen’s Baton. The Baton reveal is scheduled for late 2016.
Three new venues that will host GC2018 sports are on track for completion before the end of the year, with the Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre, the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre and Queensland’s first indoor Velodrome in Brisbane delivering an early legacy and an opportunity for use ahead of the Games.
The super sound stage at Oxenford’s Studios that will host the Squash competition is almost complete and given it is the largest sound stage in Australia will be a great asset to help attract big-budget blockbuster films productions to Queensland in the future.
In 2016 the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) team will grow from currently 255 to more than 300 employees by December, on a rapid trajectory to more than 1,000 by 2018.
And as the team expands so too does the list of sponsors joining the GC2018 sponsor family.
TAFE Queensland have recently joined official partners Jupiters and Griffith University with specialist accountant and law firms KPMG and MinterEllison on board as Official Supporters, alongside SEEK, the Official Recruitment Advertiser of GC2018, GOLDOC and the Australian Commonwealth Games Team.
Brisbane-based Centium Software was also recently announced as an Official Supplier to GC2018.
With the clock ticking louder each day the Games is well and truly on track with GOLDOC and its Games Delivery Partners looking forward to sharing the dream on the journey to 2018.