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WATCH: Local athletes to be recognised at 2018 Gold Coast Sports Star Awards

The Gold Coast’s elite and prominent up-and-coming athletes will be recognised at the 2018 Gold Coast Sports Star Awards next February.

Mayor Tom Tate joined local sporting dignitaries to launch the 2018 awards at a special ceremony at the City of Gold Coast Council Chambers today.

Chairman of Sports Gold Coast Geoffrey Smith told myGC next year marks 50 years of the annual awards.

“The awards are a great way to bring the sporting community together, from grassroots clubs through to elite athletes,” he said.

Mr Smith said volunteers will also be recognised at the awards.

“We’ve introduced a junior volunteer award this year, and the Daphne Pirie Community Spirit Award will recognise someone who works behind the scenes that doesn’t usually get the honour and the glory.”

Watch the video below for more information about the awards, and to see what happened at the launch:

The 2018 Gold Coast Sports Star Awards gala event will be held at the Southport Sharks Event Centre on 15 February 2018. For more information, click here!


Kids Birthday Cake Candles

The horror and heartbreak of kids’ birthday parties

It’s my daughter’s birthday next month, and I’m already anxious.

Because her birthday is at the end of the year, we experience the full birthday party rollercoaster ride throughout the year.

The party where the invitations were sent out only a few days beforehand, so only three kids turned up (and two of them were mine)? Yep, been there.

The party where the invitations were noisily handed out before school to a select group of seven-year-olds, leaving a few kids in tears as they were excluded? Yes, that happened too.

The party where parents RSVP’d, but then failed to turn up on the day because, and I quote, “We had another party in the afternoon and I couldn’t be bothered running around… I guess we should have made the effort”.

Considering the party was at a playcentre and your ‘no show’ cost the parents $20, then yeah, you should have!

Then there was the heartbreaking weekend where a little girl in my daughter’s class had two birthday parties: one at his mum’s house, then one the next day at his dad’s house.

Parties have become such a hot topic amongst parents and I have to say, I’m not surprised.

In fact, I’m astounded by the etiquette – or lack thereof – that many parents display around kids’ birthday parties.

I’ve seen parents show up an hour late (to a 90-minute party). I’ve watched them bring extra siblings and kids without letting the host know (leading to tears when it’s time to hand out party bags).

But the worst thing you can do, in my view, is to say you’re going to come, and then you don’t show up. It’s ten times worse if you don’t even let the family know you can’t make it.

This happened recently for Mia McKay, a Gold Coast girl who celebrated her 8th birthday party at McDonalds. Most of the people she invited didn’t RSVP, and of those that did, only a handful showed up. Thankfully, the awesome Gold Coast community got behind her and threw her a party she won’t soon forget at Kurrawa Park on the weekend!

It’s enough to restore your faith in humanity – and hopefully it’s a lesson to her classmates’ parents, that a little common courtesy goes a long way.

Bikash Randhawa

Gold Coast Treasure: Bikash Randhawa

Back in 1995, Bikash Randhawa managed to convince the HR Manager at Sea World Resort to give him a job as a casual waiter despite having no experience.

It was a lucky break for Bikash, and a decision the team at Village Roadshow Theme Parks would not regret.

Bikash worked tirelessly to impress his employers and eventually managed to work his way up the ranks to achieve the top job as General Manager of Sea World Resort in 2011.

His rise up the corporate ladder did not stop there, with Bikash named Executive General Manager Marketing and Sales Sea World Resort and New Business Development for Village Roadshow Theme Parks earlier this year.

In an exclusive chat with myGC, Bikash reveals details about his incredible rise to the top. Watch below:

P!NK is bringing her 2018 world tour down under!

INTERNATIONAL pop icon P!NK has revealed that she is bringing her 2018 world tour down under!

Following last week’s announcement of a US tour in support of her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, P!NK will head to Australia for multiple arena shows.

The first concert will hit Perth Arena on July 3 before heading onto Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane before returning to New Zealand for her first shows since 2007.

Tickets for all shows go on sale on Friday, October 20, however an exciting 48-hour pre-sale is available for Telstra customers from Monday, October 16 until Wednesday, October 18.

P!NK 2018 Australian Tour

Tuesday, 3rd July
Perth Arena, Perth

Wednesday, 4th July
Perth Arena, Perth

Tuesday, 10th July
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide

Wednesday, 11th July
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide

Monday, 16th July
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Tuesday, 17th July
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Thursday, 19th July
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Friday, 20th July
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Friday, 3rd August
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney

Saturday, 4th August
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney

Monday, 6th August
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney

Tuesday, 7th August
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney

Tuesday, 14th August
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Wednesday, 15th August
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane


WATCH: Blanc de Blanc is back with some new acts set to surprise!

Gold Coast audiences couldn’t get enough of Blanc de Blanc when it debuted as part of the Bleach Festival back in April.

The sizzling, sexy, and sassy show was a sell-out, and now it’s made a return to the glitter strip to titillate locals once again.

This time, Blanc de Blanc will be performing its champagne cabaret inside a stunning Aurora Spiegeltent which has popped up at Broadwater Parklands for the month.

The show will feature many of the acts Gold Coasters fell in love with the first time, with a some new additions thrown in to spice things up.

myGC got a sneak peek of some of the new acts ahead of this show’s opening night – Watch below:

Blanc de Blanc is on at Broadwater Parklands from October 5 to November 5 2017. It is a seductive, immersive and naughty night out and is suitable for adults only. Tickets for the return season to the Gold Coast are on sale now at:

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