The man who ran Queensland for nearly a decade has been brought in to take charge of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Former Premier Peter Beattie (pictured) has this morning been named as the new chair of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), replacing Nigel Chamier.
Current Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk did the honours during a press event at Coolangatta a short time ago.
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“As Premier, Peter Beattie secured 2001 Goodwill Games and this was another major opportunity to showcase Queensland globally,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Through his experience and energy, Peter will help my Government ensure the 2018 Games are the best ever,” she said.
“His role as a Trade Commissioner will be invaluable to reach out to international corporate sponsors and ambassadors for the Games. It’s also critical that we can maximise the benefits for local businesses and local jobs with the Games.”
The announcement of Mr Beattie’s appointment coincided with the unveiling of the venue for the Beach Volleyball competition for the 2018 event.
It will be staged in a temporary stadium at Coolangatta, the Gold Coast’s southern-most beachside location in what organisers hope will offer spectacular television images to some 1.5 billion people across the world over the course of the April 4-15 2018 event.
“The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches will be a huge drawcard during the Games, but the Beach Volleyball at Coolangatta will take things to a whole new level for Gold Coasters and the thousands of visitors who will experience this iconic sport in such a beautiful part of the world,” Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe said.
“After a city-wide scout, Coolangatta was chosen, in part for its capacity to accommodate the infrastructure needed to meet international federation guidelines,” Mr Hinchcliffe added.
It is the first time Beach Volleyball will feature in a Commonwealth Games with the GC2018 sports program increasing from 17 to 18 sports – the largest sport program in the Games history.
Volleyball Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mathieu Meriaux welcomed the announcement.
“We were absolutely delighted when Beach Volleyball was added to the GC2018 sport program and I am very confident the stands at the Coolangatta venue will be filled with fans from all over the Commonwealth,” Mr Meriaux said.