AS WE prepare for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast has secured another major sporting event.
Club Helensvale has won the rights to the World Champion of Champions singles showpiece for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016.
World Bowls and Bowls Australia made the announcement this week, confirming the Glitter Strip is to host yet another major, world-class event.
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Bowls Australia reports, the World Champion of Champions event was established in 2003 and has been held on Australian soil on just three occasions in its 11-year history.
It comes on the back of news, the Gold Coast will host five Australian Open tournaments over an expected 20 clubs, in addition to the 2014 Junior World Championships.
Broadbeach Bowls Club will be the grounds for the bowls competition during the Commonwealth Games.
Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple said the announcement reinforces the strength of the sport on the Gold Coast and the capability of clubs in the region to hold major events.
“Club Helensvale is one of Australia’s premier clubs; they are the reigning Aero Bowls Premier League Queensland champions and also boast three players within our Glasgow Commonwealth Games team, so they are most capable of hosting international events such as the Champion of Champions,” Dalrymple said.
“The next five years will be a very exciting period for the sport as the Gold Coast becomes a hub of major international competition and we are thrilled to be working closely with the various clubs hosting events and Tourism and Events Queensland to ensure they are all truly world-class.”
“Australia has a rich history of success in the Champion of Champions event with five winners in the event’s 11 years of competition.”
Club Helensvale General Manager Len Brunt said securing this event not only affirms his club’s strength on the Gold Coast, but also a much wider region.
“The World Champion of Champion singles is of the great events on the World Bowls calendar each year and we are thrilled to be the first Queensland club to ever host the event, and even more thrilled as one of our club’s great players in Brett Wilkie is a former winner,” Brunt said.