GOLD Coasters are being urged to come and show their support for our local Glasgow Commonwealth Games athletes at the Broadbeach Jazz Festival on Sunday.
Queensland’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games athletes will be officially welcomed home at a reception in the Broadbeach Mall, with the festivities set to kick off at 8:45am.
The athletes will take part in a parade through the mall before an autograph signing session in the Oasis Shopping Centre. The Gold Medallists will also take to the stage for a one-on-one chat.
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Mayor Tom Tate said it’s a great opportunity to show how proud we are of our local athletes.
“Queensland’s athletes performed particularly well in Glasgow and the City is hosting a special event to celebrate their wonderful achievements representing the Gold Coast, Queensland and our nation,” said Cr Tate.
“Here on the Gold Coast, interest in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games was high and we were all so proud of our athletes, so the welcome home reception is a chance for our local community to come and show their pride and support.
“Following the handover from Glasgow, the community spirit and passion for the Commonwealth Games has grown significantly. We are now the official Commonwealth Games host city – so it’s appropriate the welcome home for all of Queensland’s Commonwealth Games athletes be held here on the Gold Coast.
“The event coincides with the last day of the Broadbeach Jazz Festival and will be a great opportunity to bring the whole family along and make a day of it. A good crowd is expected, so the best way to get there will be to take the tram!”
Cr Tate also said the event would offer the chance to meet some of the Gold Coast swimmers competing at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (21-24 August at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre) and wish them well.
The welcome home reception will commence at 8.45am on Sunday 17 August on the main stage at Broadbeach Mall. Autograph signing will follow from 10am on the ground floor of the Oasis Shopping Centre.
102.9 Hot Tomato will be there broadcasting live and the 1029ers will have a stack of goodies to giveaway too.