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Gold Coast to host biggest ever Gymnastics National Club Carnival

28 August 2018

Gymnasts on Main Beach, Gold Coast

The Gold Coast will host Gymnastics Australia’s biggest ever event next month, with more than 3800 athletes and their families set to converge on the Coast.

Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon today revealed the number of entrants had nearly doubled for the Gymnastics National Club Carnival in 2018 driven largely by a move to the Gold Coast.

Ms Scanlon said the event set to be held at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in September and October would generate about $5.9 million for the local economy.

“The Commonwealth Games cemented the Gold Coast’s reputation as a world-class major events destination,” she said.

“The Coast continues to reap the benefits of the government’s investment in the Games. Without upgrades to the Sport and Leisure Centre in my electorate, we wouldn’t be able to continually lure world-class events like the Gymnastics National Club Carnival which we know will inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

“I’m proud to say, we’ll almost double the number of participants in the Gymnastics National Club Carnival from 2017’s event in Victoria.

“Along with a record number of athletes, events like these also bring families, officials, coaches, volunteers and spectators to our city - proof of the importance of major events in supporting our tourism industry. That’s why we’re investing $36 million in major events.

“The Games are over but we’re committed to leveraging the Commonwealth Games to lure more events to the Coast to ensure locals reap the benefits of hosting the largest event in Queensland’s history.”

The event has been secured for the Gold Coast until 2020 through a partnership between the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, the City of Gold Coast and Gymnastics Australia.

“This year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast were very successful for our sport,” said Gymnastics Australia CEO Kitty Chiller.

“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.

“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 3895 athletes from 236 Clubs across Australia registered to take part.”

The 2018 National Clubs Carnival will be held from 13-20 September and again from 30 September to 7 October.