May 30, 2016 GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES HEADQUARTERS DEDICATED TO THE LEGENDARY RUNNER RON CLARKE Australian middle distance running legend and former Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke AO, MBE was remembered this morning at a special dedication ceremony at the Ashmore headquarters of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).

The former TAFE campus Block A was named The Ron Clarke Building after the 17-time world record holder by the Minister for the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe.

Minister Hinchliffe said the dedication recognised Clarke’s pivotal involvement in the successful bid for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

“There is no doubt the powerful mix of Ron’s status as a world-recognised athlete, combined with his civic leadership assisted the bid greatly,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“Indeed, his personal contribution to that success is one of the key reasons we are standing here today.

“Ron Clarke was unquestionably one of the all-time greats of world middle distance running at a time of enormous depth in the Australian ranks.

“Whilst Ron never won Olympic or Commonwealth gold medal, he without doubt revolutionised his sport with his 17 official world records and showed generations of runners, and people from all walks of life, what could be achieved with hard work and courage,” he said.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC remembered Clarke as a mayor with an athlete’s focus.

“He was a mayor with an extremely strong will who wasn’t afraid of breaking ranks to achieve a noble aim,” Mr Beattie said.

“And as a Commonwealth Games competitor in Perth in 1962, Kingston 1966 and Edinburgh in 1970, he certainly knew what the Games were about.

“I know that then-Premier Anna Bligh and the entire bid team had the highest respect and admiration for what he brought to the table in 2011.

“I certainly shared that admiration.

“As Premier during the first three years of Ron’s mayoralty I found him to be one of the most honest and forthright people to ever visit my office, and an absolute gentleman,” he said.

GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters recalled Clarke’s desire for the 2018 Games to genuinely inspire young people to take an interest in sport and fitness.

“It’s a philosophy GOLDOC was keen to share with Ron and we believe at the end of the day it will be a great shared legacy for our organisation and his memory,” Mr Peters said.

“Ron was always generous with his time with aspiring athletes and his legendary deeds will continue to influence generations of runners for many years to come.

“And to see the reverence in which he was held by visiting Commonwealth Games Association delegates during their visits to the city during the bid process spoke volumes for the awe in which he continued to be held in the global sporting arena,” he said.

Ron’s wife Helen said her husband was thrilled when the bid was won and excited about the possibilities it opened up for the city.

“Many times when he and I spoke about the 2018 Games he did so with his civic hat on,” Mrs Clarke said.

“He was just as excited about the infrastructure he saw going up around him and the changes he could see happening in the city as he was about the sporting competition which, given his athletics background, I think speaks volumes for his genuine love for the Gold Coast,” she said.


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May 23, 2016 Atos Brings Global Experience to Power the Games The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) today announced that Atos will deliver complex and innovative information technology solutions crucial for the planning and staging of Australia’s largest sporting event in more than a decade.

The solutions will form a critical part of a world class technology environment being implemented by GOLDOC in preparation for and during the Games.

Atos has joined the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) sponsorship family to deliver the comprehensive Games Management System (GMS) and Information Diffusion System (IDS) to power performance at the heart of the Games.

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe welcomed Atos as an Official Supporter to GC2018.

“As a global technology company, Atos have a proven history of successful delivery of GMS and IDS solutions at major international events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games and London 2012 Olympic Games.

“For GC2018, Atos will manage the delivery of complex and innovative technology solutions and applications through their Games Management System that will support Accreditation Management, the Volunteer Portal, Volunteer Application Form, Sport Entries Management and more. Read More.
May 18, 2016 Coolangatta to host Gold Coast 2018 Beach Volleyball competition The Coolangatta beachfront will host the venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) Beach Volleyball competition, the Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe, announced today.

The sport secured a spot in the Gold Coast 2018 sports program after an historic agreement was signed in March this year between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).

Its staging in a temporary stadium at the city’s southern-most beachside location means that spectacular television images of the Gold Coast’s iconic coastline will be seen by some 1.5 billion people across the world over the course of the April 4-15 2018 event.

“The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches will be a huge drawcard during the Games, but the Beach Volleyball at Coolangatta will take things to a whole new level for Gold Coasters and the thousands of visitors who will experience this iconic sport in such a beautiful part of the world,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“After a city-wide scout, Coolangatta was chosen, in part for its capacity to accommodate the infrastructure needed to meet international federation guidelines.

“The final preparations and precise location and associated logistics of a temporary stadium can now proceed in full consultation with the sport’s governing body, the Southern Gold Coast community and key Games Delivery Partners,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters said there had been great consideration given to the location for the Beach Volleyball competition.

“There is a significant space requirement for this event and much more than meets the eye when it comes to technical delivery – right down to the consistency and grade of sand on the court.

“Coolangatta is a great location for Beach Volleyball and with the magnificent beach and city skyline it is just another opportunity for the destination to be showcased all over the world,” Mr Peters said.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Vice President, Bruce Robertson said as an additional sport on the sports program of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Beach Volleyball will engage more communities, athletes, partners and broadcasters.

“With the Gold Coast skyline as its backdrop, we’re certain the Beach Volleyball at GC2018 will be a spectacular showcase for the destination on the world sporting stage,” Mr Robertson said.

Volleyball Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mathieu Meriaux agreed.

“We were absolutely delighted when Beach Volleyball was added to the GC2018 sport program and I am very confident the stands at the Coolangatta venue will be filled with fans from all over the Commonwealth.

“And when there is a break in competition they will be taking great photos of the beautiful views and beaches to send to friends and family,” Mr Meriaux said.

Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) Chief Executive Officer, Craig Phillips suggested the location at the southern end of the Gold Coast was ideal for the event’s debut adding it would also attract spectators from northern New South Wales.

Having just returned from the CGF Oceania Regional meeting in Vanuatu, Mr Phillips also said the sentiment from the Pacific regions was one of genuine excitement at Beach Volleyball’s inclusion in the GC2018 sport program.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate welcomed the announcement.

“What better way to showcase Beach Volleyball at our Games than stage it at one of the world’s most spectacular beaches.
“Hosting the Beach Volleyball at Coolangatta will not only show off the beauty of the southern end of the city to the world, it will also provide a great boost for local businesses there.

“Beach Volleyball at Coolangatta will be one of the jewels of our Games,” Mayor Tate said.

It is the first time Beach Volleyball will feature in a Commonwealth Games with the GC2018 sports program increasing from 17 to 18 sports – the largest sport program in the Games history.

GC2018 sports are Athletics, Aquatics (swimming and diving), Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (road, mountain and track), Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

The fully-integrated GC2018 Para-Sport program comprising seven sports will also be the most extensive para-sport program on record for a Commonwealth Games.

The events will be staged across 18 competition venues with 14 sports on the Gold Coast, two in Brisbane (Shooting and Track Cycling) with preliminary basketball matches played in Cairns and Townsville. Read More.
May 17, 2016 New Commonwealth Games Board Chair and Director to be appointed Former Premier of Queensland Peter Beattie AC will be appointed the new Chair of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Board.

Mr Beattie, who served as Premier from 1998 to 2007, is to be joined on the GOLDOC Board by former editor-in-chief of the Gold Coast Publications Pty Ltd Bob Gordon.

Ms Palaszczuk said the appointments would ensure the 2018 Commonwealth Games would maximise value for the Gold Coast and Queensland.

“The Games will showcase Queensland and its people to an audience of more than 1.5 billion people across the world,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity for our athletes, but it’s also an important opportunity to strengthen trade, tourism and jobs.”

“The Games are already having a significant impact and more than 5700 workers have been engaged on the Games to date".

“The Games are expected to generate 30,000 jobs and inject more than $2 billion into Queensland’s economy.”
Ms Palaszczuk said Peter Beattie and Bob Gordon were passionate Queenslanders with strong connections to the corporate community.

“As Premier, Peter Beattie secured 2001 Goodwill Games and this was another major opportunity to showcase Queensland globally. Through his experience and energy, Peter will help my Government ensure the 2018 Games are the best ever,” she said. Read More.
May 07, 2016 Shooting Australia: Success at Junior World Cup Members of our NextGen AUSComGames Squad competed in the ISSF Junior World Cup event in Suhl, Germany. This is the third ISSF Junior World Cup in Rifle-Pistol-Shotgun and the first for 2016.

Against the best junior shooting athletes in the World we think their achievements speak for themselves:

• Jake Wallace, Samuel Bylsma and Adam Bylsma: Gold in Trap Men Team Competition
• Jack Wallace: Bronze in Trap Men
• Sergie Evglevski, Thomas Ashmore and Bailey Groves: Bronze in 25M Standard Pistol Men Team Competition
• Stephanie Pile: Bronze in Trap
• Sergei Evglevski: Silver in 25M Rapid Fire Pistol
• Sergei Evglevski, Thomas Ashmore and Bailey Groves: Bronze in the 25M Pistol Team Competition
• Sergei Evglevski: Bronze in 25M Standard Pistol

Also producing strong performances were Sergei Evglevski (fifth in the 25M Pistol), Jack Rossiter (fourth in 10M Air Rifle), and Mitchell Bailey, Jack Rossiter, and Daniel Clopatofsky (sixth in the 50M Rifle Prone Team Competition).

"The future looks bright for our sport," said Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon. “The work with these developing athletes is paying off with outstanding results"

Shooting Australia acknowledges assistance and funding provided by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association that helps us to send athletes to events like the Junior World Cup in Suhl. The NextGEN AUSComGames program has been designed by the ACGA to provide assistance to those junior athletes who have been identified as potential medal winners at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games or at the 2018 or 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Of the athletes sent to Suhl Jack Rossiter, Emma Adams, Victoria Rossiter, Bailey Groves, Sergei Evglevski, Sascha Kroopin, Jack Wallace, Aislin Jones, and Mitchell Bailey will receive support from the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) as part of the 2016 NextGen AUSComGames Squad.

“The ACGA is proud to provide financial support through the NextGEN AUSComGames program to our young shooters. We see it as an important investment in Australia’s future success in Commonwealth Games competition,” said ACGA CEO Craig Phillips.

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May 05, 2016 STAR-STUDDED TEAM NAMED FOR JUNIOR PAN PACS IN HAWAII Several swimmers on the verge of selection on this year’s Rio Olympic team will spearhead Australia’s 30-strong team for this year’s Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii in August.

Swimming Australia would like to recognise and thank the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) for the support provided for our Youth development programs.

National 200m breaststroke champion Matthew Wilson, bronze medal winning butterflyer Laura Taylor and brilliant backstroke teens Mina Atherton and Kaylee McKeown showed off their potential at the Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships and Hancock Prospecting Australian Championships in Adelaide last month.

As did emerging freestylers Elijah Winnington and Jack Cartwright, breaststroker Daniel Cave, butterfly sprinter Gemma Cooney and breaststroker Sarah Beale in an exciting all-round team who will have their sights set on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In what will be a “mini Olympics” the rising stars of swimming will face off against the cream of the crop in the USA, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and other Pacific Rim teams in Hawaii from August 24-27.

Queensland clubs have again dominated selection, as they did in the Olympic team, with 19 of the 30 hailing from Queensland; five from NSW, four from Victoria and two from WA.

Australia’s Gold Coast Gold National Youth Coach Glenn Beringen praised the athletes and coaches and thanked the Australian Commonwealth Games Association for its contribution.

“This is a very exciting group – swimmers who could have quite easily been going to Rio,” said Beringen.

“Such is the depth in some of our events – the likes of Matt Wilson, Minna Atherton and Laura Taylor all won medals at the Open Nationals.

“They will certainly be on the radar as we get closer to 2018 and 2020.

“And in saying that the contribution of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association makes this team possible and on behalf of the team and Swimming Australia we acknowledge their support.

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April 08, 2016 Borobi visits Melbourne A loveable koala with fur the colour of the ocean and a passion for surfing and adventure was spectacularly revealed this morning as the mascot for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018).

Borobi – the indigenous Yugambeh language word for koala – will play a key role in welcoming the athletes of the world and bringing to life the true spirit of the Games.

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March 30, 2016 Vale JUDY JOY DAVIES The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) is saddened by the news of the passing of Judy Joy Davies.

Judy passed away on Sunday, 27 March 2016 (Easter Sunday), aged 87.

Inducted as a General Member into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011, for her contribution to sports journalism, Judy was a pioneer female sportswriter.

Chairman John Bertrand AM said “Judy was a woman of great courage; while early women sports journalists had a tendency to write only about female sports; Judy was one of the first female journalists to write about all sports – both male and female”.

“Her balanced and incisive coverage of sports saw her journalism career blossom for over 34 years, a true testimony to Judy’s commitment, passion and love for sport” Bertrand said. “To cover nine Olympic Games as a journalist, as well as set her own records as an athlete – in particular, the first ever Australian to win a medal in backstroke at the Olympic Games, is truly remarkable” Bertrand added.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the Davies family.

Judy’s service is planned for Tuesday, 5 April at 10:00am at W.D Rose chapel at 139 Marriage Road, Brighton East.

(Source: Sport Australia Hall of Fame)

(June 5, 1928 – March 27, 2016)

Judy Joy Davies was Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011 as a General Member for her contribution as a sportswriter.

Whilst her own Olympic and Empire Games swimming career was noteworthy (Davies had a successful swimming career with three Empire and Commonwealth gold medals, Olympic bronze and a world record), it was while plying her subsequent career as a journalist covering sport for more than 34 years that Davies made her mark.

Early women sports journalists tended be confined to reporting women's sport. Davies was one of the first women journalists to break into covering all sports when she started working with the Melbourne newspaper The Argus (then part of the UK Daily Mirror Group) and covering the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver and then the 1956 Olympics in her home town of Melbourne.

When the Argus ceased publication in 1957 she joined the rival Sun News Pictorial where she was to cover local and international sport for the next 31 years, in the process establishing a rapport with generations of Australian swimmers and athletes.

Over a 34 year career with the Argus and the Sun News Pictorial she covered nine Olympic Games and a similar number of Commonwealth Games (or Empire Games as they were earlier called).

Once she joined the Sun News Pictorial, part of The Herald and Weekly Times media group, her copy of major events like Olympic Games was used by newspapers around Australia. She became a truly national sportswriter.

While her original expertise was in covering swimming, she rapidly extended that to athletics and then progressively to cover a wide range of sports, including winter sports. She was lauded by competitors and administrators in many disciplines for the time and space she gave to sports which traditionally were not given wide media coverage.

Judy Joy Davies began her sports writing career in an era before satellite television when print was the medium through which a large part of the population got news of major events. With the development of electronic media with its instant coverage, her writing evolved to capture more of the human stories and the drama behind the results.

She was widely respected by both editors and athletes and in 1982 was awarded the National Press Club Award for Sports Journalism.

Prior to sports writing, Davies had a successful swimming career. From 1946 to 1952 she won seven consecutive national titles in backstroke and won freestyle titles from 100 yards to 880 yards. In all, she won 17 Australian titles in backstroke, freestyle and medley and set a world record for a mile (1760yards) at the 1953 Victorian championships.

On the international scene she took out the Bronze in the 100 metres backstroke at the 1948 London Olympic Games (setting an Olympic record in the heats) and becoming the first Australian, male or female to win an Olympic medal in that stroke. She was an Empire and Commonwealth Games Champion in 1950 taking out the Gold in the 110 yards backstroke and as part of the 4x110yd freestyle and 3x110yd medley relay teams. At the 1952 Olympic Games she made the semi-finals of the 400m freestyle.

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March 18, 2016

Queensland’s Centium Software Joins GC2018 Sponsor Family

A Queensland company that specialises in the provision of software solutions for major world events will be the Official Accommodation and Transfers Software Supplier for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ™ (GC2018).

Centium Software, which was involved in software delivery for arrivals, departures and protocol at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, will once again provide software to support accommodation and transfers to and from official points of entry.

The firm will provide an interactive and flexible reservation system to GOLDOC which will involve the management of detailed accommodation property information and online bookings and payment.

Centium Software is based in Technology Park at Eight Mile Plains in Brisbane and will use local resources to deliver the majority of its services.

“For Centium Software, it is a chance to once again show the world what amazing products this home grown Queensland business is capable of delivering.

“This partnership also provides Centium Software staff with an opportunity to be involved in the delivery of the biggest event that may ever occur in their home state.

“And to be announcing the company as an Official Supplier of GC2018 just days short of our Two Years to Go celebrations on Monday 4 April is an indicator that our commercial program is very well supported and well and truly on track,” he said.
Centium Software joins the GC2018 Sponsor Family alongside Official Partners Jupiters, Griffith University and TAFE Queensland and Official Supporters KPMG and MinterEllison. Read More.
March 15, 2016

United by the Moment as McCann family return to the MCG for Commonwealth Games 10 year anniversary

It is ten years since the opening of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and to mark the occasion the family of marathon gold medallist Kerryn McCann return to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the venue for her stirring marathon victory a decade ago.

Kerryn’s children Benton and Josie and mum Judy Hindmarsh will retrace the famous footsteps to kick off a 12 day trip down memory lane for Australia’s Commonwealth Games sports and athletes.

Today also marks 750 days to go to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, where it’s expected the largest ever Australian team of 450 athletes will compete in 18 sports.

Australian Commonwealth Games Association Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips said the Commonwealth Games hold a special place in the sporting hearts and minds of many Australians.

“Performances such as Kerryn McCann’s remain etched in our memories and join the catalogue of great Commonwealth Games moments which also become great Australian sporting moments,” Phillips said.

“The Melbourne Games were a huge success due to the tireless work of the team that staged the Games and was the culmination of 15 years work by the Victorian Government, the organising committee and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.”
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March 14, 2016

Gold Coast to host largest para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association welcomes the news of the expansion of the para-sport program.

ACGA Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips said since the full integration of para-sport events in Manchester in 2002 para-sport athletes have been a key part of Australia’s Commonwealth Games teams.

“We are looking forward to an increased presence on the Gold Coast in 2018,” Phillips said.

“Australian Commonwealth Games teams are about performance, opportunity and inclusiveness. When they assemble every four years they bring together our very best athletes in Commonwealth Games sports, including para-sport athletes. Our inclusiveness is a potent symbol for the Australian community.”

Gold Coast Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti said it was great to see the CGF expanding the para-sport programme with so many more athletes and medals available.

“It’s a wonderful announcement and another example of the Commonwealth Games Federation being at the forefront of inclusiveness in sport, Moneghetti said.

“It provides further opportunities for Australian athletes to participate which is a good thing and I believe it will add to our competitiveness at the Games.”

The 38 para-sport events are:

• Aquatics (Swimming): (W) S8 50m Freestyle, S9 100m Freestyle, SB9 100m Breaststroke, SM10 200m IM, S7 50m Butterfly, S9 100m Backstroke / (M) S9 100m Freestyle, S9 100m Backstroke, S7 50m Freestyle, SB8 100m Breaststroke, SM8 200m IM, S14 200m Freestyle

• Athletics: (W) T54 Marathon, T54 1500m, T38 Long Jump, T38 100m, T35 100m, F46 Javelin / (M) T54 Marathon, T54 1500m, T12 100m, T38 100m, T47 100m, F38 Shot Put

• Cycling (Track): (W) Sprint B&VI, 1000m Time Trial B&VI / (M) Sprint B&VI, 1000m Time Trial B&VI

• Lawn Bowls Men/Women: B2/B3 Mixed Pairs and B6/B7/B8 Open Triples

• Powerlifting: (W) Lightweight, Heavyweight / (M) Lightweight, Heavyweight

• Table Tennis: (W) TT10, (M) TT10

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March 10, 2016

Moneghetti to lead Australian 2018 Commonwealth Games team

Australian marathon great Steve Moneghetti will lead the Australian team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, following his appointment as Chef de Mission.

It will be Moneghetti’s third Games as head of the Australian delegation, having led the Australian team in both Delhi in 2011 and Glasgow in 2014.

The 53-year-old becomes just the second person to lead a team to three games, joining Commonwealth Games doyen, the late Arthur Tunstall, who was chef de mission at four Games, with including three consecutive editions in 1986, 1990 and 1994.

Moneghetti has a long association with the Commonwealth Games that began in 1986, when as a 23-year-old he was selected in his first Australian team for Edinburgh.
To be staged from 4-15 April 2018, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will feature 18 sports across 12 days of sporting and cultural festivities. The sport list grew by one this week, with the addition of beach volleyball to the Games program.

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) expects to send the largest team to ever compete in a Commonwealth Games campaign. It’s anticipated that 450 athletes will represent Australia, surpassing the 425 who competed in Melbourne in 2006 and the 409 who competed in Glasgow two years ago.

ACGA Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips said Moneghetti was a popular team leader who epitiomises the Commonwealth Games ethos of uniting the Commonwealth family through sport.

“Steve Moneghetti has done a brilliant job in galvanising the Australian team at the past two Commonwealth Games,” Phillips said.

“He is respected by all the athletes who know that he understands what they need and how they feel when they enter the Games village as part of the Australian Commonwealth Games team.”

“And as part of that, Steve will play a key role in ensuring the needs of the Australian athletes are met. He will lead our planning visits with the Gold Coast 2018 organisers which continue with our first full site visit next month.”

Moneghetti said he was looking forward to the opportunity to lead the Australian team at his third Games and his first on home soil.
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March 09, 2016

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to serve up Beach Volleyball competition

In a Commonwealth Games first, Beach Volleyball has scored a spot in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) sports program.

The historic agreement between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) will extend the GC2018 sports program for the first time from 17 to 18 sports.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the decision which was approved by the CGF Executive Board following a special request from the Minister for the Commonwealth Games and GOLDOC.

“I am proud my Government has been able to work with the Commonwealth Games Federation to expand the sports program and add Beach Volleyball to the GC2018 schedule,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches are a huge Games drawcard and Beach Volleyball is the perfect sporting fit for the 2018 program.

ACGA President Sam Coffa AM JP was pleased to support the inclusion of Beach Volleyball.

“Beach Volleyball is a perfect addition to the 2018 program. We know it’s popular throughout the Commonwealth, particularly with our neighbours in the Pacific,” Mr Coffa said. Read More.