Mclaren Gold Coast Polo by the Sea 2019
PONIES, PEOPLE WATCHING, FASHION & FINE JEWELLERY COMBINE AT MCLAREN GOLD COAST POLO BY THE SEA 2019
POLO BY THE SEA RETURNS
Following the wrap up of another epic Urban Polo™ season in 2018, during which we were runners up at the Australian Event Awards in the Best Sporting Event category (narrowly beaten by the Commonwealth Games), the World’s biggest polo circuit is back in Main Beach on Saturday 1 June 2019, presented by McLaren Gold Coast, for the second consecutive year.
The largest and longest running polo event on the Gold Coast, the popular McLaren Gold Coast Polo by the Sea’ will again take place at the picturesque Doug Jennings Park, the home of Urban Polo™ on the Gold Coast since 2014.
Establishing itself, overt the past decade, as an alternative to traditional modes of client and staff entertainment such as Horse Racing and Rugby, Urban Polo™ has, over the past decade, cemented itself as a premium and unrivalled hospitality platform across the country, and on the Gold Coast.
‘McLaren Gold Coast Polo by the Sea’ Guests will be treated to enthralling action from some of Australia’s best Urban Polo™ players throughout two games, as well as a plethora of exciting and inclusive activities ranging from the time honoured Divot-Stomp tradition, to the entertaining ‘Dash’, where both men and women have the opportunity to demonstrate their physical prowess, in what has become a crowd favourite. If you have a more demure and stylish disposition, then the increasingly popular ‘Fashion on the Field’, may be your forte.
Renowned as the most prestigious and high-end event on the Gold Coast’s social calendar, ‘ McLaren Gold Coast Polo by the Sea’ attracts the ‘who’s who’ of the Golden strip, and has hosted dignitaries and celebrities, among them Federal Minister for Trade, Steven Ciobo and his accomplished wife Astra, John Paul and Stacey Langbroek, Mayor Tom Tate and the Lady Mayoress Ruth, stars from all sporting arenas, and even Royalty in the guise of His Highness the Maharajah Raghav Raj Singh Shivrati of Udaipur and members of his Royal Court.
Equal parts exciting, fashionable and premium, guests are attracted to the ‘McLaren Gold Coast Polo by the Sea’ sporting spectacle by virtue of the athletic prowess of horse and rider, the fabulous fashion, buoyant boats, luxury brands and simply soaking up the sublime social aspect of meeting new ‘like-minded’ people, or spending time with friends, clients and family, while savoring award-winning cuisine by Fresh Catering.
Mark Cotterell Master Jeweller- VIP Marquee
This year’s VIP Marquee will for the second time be hosted by renowned Master Jeweller, Mark Cotterell, attracting a new wave of patrons and polo fans, whilst raising funds for the Gold Coast Community Fund, which is the charity partner of the event.
Guests of the exclusive ‘invite only’ Mark Cotterrell Master Jeweller VIP Marquee will, at a cost of $330, be treated to a selection of premium food and beverage, whilst positioned at a premium central location, ideal for viewing all the action, and giving them the opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries, celebrities and polo players.
Main Beach Polo Club
The Main Beach Polo Club returns as a mid-way point between the ‘invite only’ VIP Marquee and the public Polo Lounge.
Revel in the polo action, mingle with like-minded individuals and polo players, participate in Fashion on the Field, or groove to the tunes of the resident DJ, while doing all the aforementioned! The deluxe Polo Club experience, comprises a shaded service bar, communal seating and shade umbrellas, as well as viewing areas adjacent the fence-line. The ticket price is inclusive of food and beverage.
The Polo Lounge
The popular general access Polo Lounge returns in 2019, where $85 entitles guests to event entry and access to a cash/eftpos bar for a selection of food and drink, in a casual beer-garden atmosphere, while watching the games, or being entertained by the indefatigable Amy Chase, all the way from Sydney, as well as DJ Andy.
Urban Polo is a variant of polo first developed in Australia in 2005, with the intention of bringing the sport into the twenty first century and making it more spectator friendly. Most popular contemporary sports have undergone substantial changes to make them more appealing to spectators, ranging from improvements in tennis racquets to increase speed of the game, to redesigning soccer balls in order to give them greater flight and curving ability. These changes have been accompanied by a plethora of rule changes, resulting in many technical rules being abandoned in favour of a faster and more exciting spectacle.
Urban Polo has followed this tradition of sporting innovation by developing a variation of polo which is both as exciting to watch as it is to play. It’s defining features include a significantly smaller field (approximately 140m rather than 300m long), which brings the game closer to the spectators, and improves player reflexes as the smaller field means they are usually closely marked by the opponent.
To account for the smaller field, and maximise spectator safety, the ball has been increased by approximately 10%, and made of a lighter, but solid, plastic composite. This ball poses minimum risk compared to a hard traditional ball and flies a shorter distance, yet maintains a true trajectory, while allowing for an experienced Urban Polo player to curve the ball.
Urban Polo rules, which reflect the unique conditions generated by the new format, have also been codified, and they largely focus on safety to players and horses, rather than technical fouls. In aggregate, the unique Urban Polo format and rules improve the overall spectacle of the sport, with the media comparing the sport to the ‘Twenty20’ of polo.
Urban Polo is now widespread across Australia, with a total of nine events staged annually, including ‘Polo by the Sea’, which is the only sanctioned Urban Polo event on the Gold Coast. For the first time this year, Urban Polo will also head to north Queensland, as ‘Pop-Up-Polo’ will make it’s debut in Rockhampton one week after the Gold Coast event.
*Urban Polo is administered by the Urban Polo Association Limited, and is the largest polo series in the world of any kind. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.polobythesea.com.
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For Further Information contact Leanne St. George – LSG & Associates – 0417636471