Thursday, October 6th, 2011
THE Australian University Games (AUG) held on the Gold Coast last week has once again proven the city’s ability to host high profile multi-sporting events.

The AUG was staged over five days and saw 6,700 competitors competing across 29 sports.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Bid Chairman, Mark Stockwell, said the AUG boasts as many athletes as some of the world’s major multisport events including the Commonwealth Games.

“We welcomed thousands of athletes to the Gold Coast here to take advantage of our quality sporting infrastructure, ideal competition conditions, accommodation options and of course a great fun and friendly environment.

“The AUG utilised the coast’s existing multi-sport facilities and experienced volunteer base, which demonstrates that we are a Games-ready city,” said Mr Stockwell.

Mr Stockwell said the Gold Coast has a long history of experience when it comes to hosting large world-class sporting events.

“Our Gold Coast Marathon attracted almost 25,000 competitors this year, the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships saw 8,000 competitors take to the sand and fans from around the world were attracted to Gold Coast beaches for this year's Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Surfing contests,” said Mr Stockwell.

Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said the Gold Coast is the ideal location to host multi-sport events.

“The Australian University Games, like the Commonwealth Games, looks for a host city that offers the whole package to athletes, spectators and sponsors.

“The Gold Coast fits that description in terms of accommodation, sporting facilities, climate, hospitality and government support, which is why we’ve made the commitment to bring the Games here every two years.

“The focus that the Gold Coast City Council, Events Queensland and local Gold Coast businesses have placed on attracting major sporting events to the Gold Coast has brought large events such as the Australian University Games back here multiple times,” said Mr Knapp.

The host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be announced at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly on 11 November 2011 in St Kitts and Nevis. The community is invited to join us for the live announcement on 12 November 2011 at Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast.

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