FOUR hundred students from four Gold Coast schools formed a giant ‘four’ on Surfers Paradise Beach today to celebrate ‘four years to go’ until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The students, from Guardian Angels Primary School, Southport State Primary School, The Southport School and Surfers Paradise State School, joined local athletes, GC2018 and government representatives to form a 14 metre long, 10 metre wide number four.
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GOLDOC Chairman, Nigel Chamier OAM, said it was fitting to celebrate the four year countdown – a key milestone in the Gold Coast’s journey towards hosting one of the greatest multi-sport events – with the schools.
“Four years, 1461 days, 208 weeks, 35,064 hours or 126,230,400 seconds from 4 April 2018 is well worth celebrating because in just a few short months, following the Glasgow Games in July/August, the Commonwealth Games are ours,” Mr Chamier said.
“We are well and truly on track with planning and ready to deliver a great Commonwealth Games in 2018,” he said.
Minister for the Commonwealth Games, the Honourable Jann Stuckey, said our children are going to enjoy an experience of a lifetime in 2018 and that experience starts now being part of our four years to go celebration.
“GC2018 will be a memorable, life-changing landmark event that will instil a sense of community pride and ownership through the Gold Coast and Queensland.
“Part of the Embracing our Games Legacy action plan is a global education program currently being developed that will draw on the diverse experiences that will be delivered through GC2018.
“These students and many more across the state will be engaged in the education program that will focus on enhancing curriculum, skills and networks in the lead up to, during and following the Games,” she said.
City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said it was great to have the students involved in the four years to go celebrations as they were the ones that were truly going to benefit from the long term legacy that GC2018 will provide to the Gold Coast.
“GC2018 will be the biggest sporting event ever held on the Gold Coast and the biggest sports event held in Australia this decade. Gold Coasters are embracing this unique opportunity with passion and commitment.” Mayor Tate said.
GC2018 FAST FACTS
•The Commonwealth Games will be staged from 4 – 15 April 2018
•There are 71 Commonwealth nations and territories competing in the Commonwealth Games
•There are 17 sports and para sports
•80 per cent of venues are on the Gold Coast
•Brisbane will host the shooting and indoor cycling competition. Cairns and Townsville will host preliminary matches of the basketball
•Athletes and team officials: 6500
•Technical officials: 1000
•Workforce: Approximately 1000 staff by 2018
•Volunteers: 15,000 (estimated)
•Tickets: 1.5 million (estimated)
•Live broadcast coverage: 1000 hours and 1.5 billion global TV audience [/signoff]