Gold Coast to host world first ultimate frisbee tournament
04 December 2018
More than 1500 athletes and fans from around the globe will descend on the Gold Coast for a world-first ultimate frisbee tournament next year.Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon today announced the inaugural World Flying Disc Federation World Masters Ultimate Championship (WMUC) would be held at the Runaway Bay Sports Precinct in September 2020.
Ms Scanlon said the Gold Coast was the perfect destination for the rapidly growing sport - now played by more than seven million people.
“With the growing popularity of this sport, we expect clubs around the world will already be planning extended trips to the Gold Coast to take advantage of our first-class sporting facilities and great climate,” she said.
“We’re building on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games to strengthen the Gold Coast’s reputation as an international hub for major events.
“Strong participation events like this are great for the Gold Coast’s tourism sector. We know this event will give a great boost to the local economy.
“We support tournaments like this because we know they bring visitors to the Gold Coast and help to create local tourism jobs.”
Tournament director Mat Ryan said the Gold Coast was the perfect venue for the tournament and hoped it would bring a new audience to the rapidly growing sport.
"The Gold Coast is a fantastic venue for the WMUC event because it combines a world class sporting facility with the ideal environmental conditions for competition Ultimate," he said.
"We hope this event will be a marquee opportunity to introduce and promote the sport of Ultimate to a new local market. The high profile of a World Championships will help us to attract sponsors and partners and the attention of mainstream media.
"It will also help us to engage with community groups including schools and university sports clubs. The tournament will be working closely with the state and local Ultimate organisations to run programs which leverage this opportunity."
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the city’s annual events calendar was attracting more diverse competitions.
“That’s exactly what we are looking for as we want to be seen as a city that can host a range of international events, from drone racing to Frisbees.
“To attract the World Masters Ultimate will profile our city in the northern hemisphere including the United States, Canada and Europe. These are key tourism markets for us so the exposure is invaluable. I look forward to welcoming more than 1000 competitors, their families and supporters in September 2020.’’
Image courtesy World Flying Disc Federation.