Australia's biggest gymnastics event finds new home on the Gold Coast
The sporting action won’t cease on the Gold Coast once the Commonwealth Games wrap up in April, with the announcement that Gymnastics Australia’s premier participation event will move to the Gold Coast from 2018.
Gymnastics Australia (GA) is the national governing body of gymnastics, and oversees Australia’s competitive representation at elite sporting events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, as well as promoting fundamental movement and physical literacy philosophies through community and school participation-based programs.
With the support of the City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland, GA is excited to today announce that the multi-Gymsport National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival will be held on the Gold Coast from 2018 for a three-year period.
In 2018 the event is scheduled to be a 17-day festival of gymnastics, running from September 14 to October 7, and will attract almost 5000 competitors, officials, and support staff – not to mention spectators - from across Australia.
From 2018 to 2020 the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival will be held at Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, which will play host to Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Wrestling at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Gymnastics Australia’s CEO, Kitty Chiller, said the event will be an explosive fusion of fun, entertainment and athleticism, featuring incredible displays of gymnastics from the seven different Gymsports.
“The event will showcase the Commonwealth Games disciplines of Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, as well as competitive Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics, plus the non-competitive discipline of Gymnastics for All.
“Gymnastics is a truly global sport with 140 countries affiliated to the international governing body. In Australia, Gymnastics Australia recorded more than 220,000 registered members in 2017 alone, and has enjoyed continuous growth throughout the last 17 years,” Chiller added.
“We are very excited to work with the City of Gold Coast to continue to grow our national festival of gymnastics, and we also thank Tourism and Events Queensland for their commitment to supporting the development of gymnastics in the state.”
City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said he was excited that a major gymnastics event would remain on the Gold Coast following the Commonwealth Games.
“The true success of the Games will be measured by the legacy outcomes we achieve in the years after GC2018,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.
“This announcement is significant for two reasons; it underscores the confidence Gymnastics Australia has in our city and its venues, and it provides an enormous platform for aspiring national gymnasts to learn and compete, right here on the Gold Coast.’’
Commonwealth Games and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the event will attract thousands of competitors and visitors to the Gold Coast and drive tourism for the region.
“After seeing athletes at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, gymnastics will again take centre stage for this event and gymnasts from across the country will showcase their talent” she said.
“The Gold Coast is the perfect backdrop for this event, which markets the region not only as a place to enjoy incredible beaches and scenery, but a place to study, work, do business and live.
“I wish all the competitors good luck and look forward to welcoming them to Queensland. I encourage visitors and competitors to explore the Gold Coast and Queensland during their visit.”