LAWN Bowls fans across the country will be green with envy following confirmation, the Gold Coast has secured the Australian Open for the next five years.
Australia’s premier annual lawn bowls tournament will showcase the region by using 22 clubs from across the Gold Coast from 2015 to 2019.
Next year’s event, to be held from 13 to 25 June, is expected to attract more than 4,000 competitors while around $45 million is set to be injected into the local economy over the five years.
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“The agreement will see the tournament expand from a five-day competition to a thirteen-day lawn bowls festival,” Minister for Tourism, Jann Stuckey said.
“This is a real coup for Queensland as 2015 will mark the first time in the event’s ten-year history that the Australian Open lawn bowls tournament has been hosted outside of Victoria,” she added.
Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple said hosting this event on the Gold Coast was a key strategic initiative for Bowls in Australia which will see continued growth of the organisation’s flagship event.
“The Gold Coast presented a great opportunity to establish a national lawn bowls hub, boasting many high-quality greens, a fantastic climate for the Australian Open tournament and the chance to attract many bowlers from interstate and overseas in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mr Dalrymple said.
The news follows the selection of three Club Helensvale members to the Australian Lawn Bowls team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.