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GC2018 Official Timekeeper Longines starts the clock on day one of competition

April 6, 2018 Sports No Comments Email Email

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this morning joined Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman Peter Beattie AC, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE, business leaders and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) sponsors for breakfast at Longines Records Club, Broadbeach, to celebrate the start of competition.

The Premier thanked Longines, a GC2018 Official Partner and the Official Timekeeper, for playing a critical role in the Games’ delivery by providing precise timing, scoring and result services for every heat, match and final of all 18 sports and seven para-sports and feeding the global broadcast.

“Today all eyes are on Queensland and on the clocks ticking over on scoreboards, television screens and stadium walls. In competitive sport, a fraction of a second matters, and it is reassuring to know they are all under the watchful eye of Longines,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The company also partnered with the Queensland Government to deliver the longest and most accessible Queen’s Baton relay in history – an inspiring journey across every nation of the Commonwealth and through Australian communities in the final count down to the Games.

Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli from St Imier Switzerland said Longines was delighted to be an Official Partner of GC2018.

“We are really proud that the organisers have placed their trust in our brand and chosen us as the Official Timekeeper for all the competitions held over the 11 days,” Mr Capelli said.

“Longines has been a long-time supporter of the Commonwealth Games, having delivered timing services at the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games and most recently being a partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games,” he said.

The Premier thanked all GC2018 sponsors and the high level international business leaders in attendance for their contribution to Queensland’s biggest ever event and the most inclusive Commonwealth Games in history.

“The support of our sponsors is paramount to the success of the Games and so is the presence of big business and global investors, who are making connections on the Gold Coast this week and bringing new trade and investment opportunities Queensland’s way,” she said.

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie, also thanked long-term GC2018 partners Longines, who signed on to the Games with more than a year to go.

“It is an exciting time for Australians and I am especially grateful for the contribution of our sponsors. They are an important part of the Games being an outstanding success and creating a strong legacy,” Mr Beattie said.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is being broadcast to a global audience of more than 1.5 billion people and will run until Sunday 15 April.

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