Another major sporting event is coming to the Gold Coast!
The city will become home to the Australian School Championships as part of a three-year deal with Basketball Australia, snatching the event from Melbourne.
The School Championships, which is the latest on the junior calendar, saw 2,108 athletes from 168 teams participate in the last event in 2019.
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This year’s tournament will be played at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre plus in Carrara from Sunday 28 November to Thursday 2 December.
Sports and Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the event would support local jobs and deliver $7.8 million for the Gold Coast’s economic recovery.
“This November, the first of the week-long Australian School Championships (ASC) will kick off with an estimated 160 secondary school teams from around Australia competing,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Almost 3,800 visitors are expected on the Gold Coast for what’s regarded as the most prestigious event in Australian school basketball,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The championships will deliver a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow.”
BA Executive General Manager Basketball Paul Maley said the sport’s governing body was excited that one of its marquee grassroots events was heading to the Gold Coast for the very first time.
“We are delighted to be taking the Australian School Championships to a new part of the country for the next three years and thank the Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland, Major Events Gold Coast and the City of Gold Coast for their passionate support of the Australian basketball pathway.
“These championships represent the pinnacle of school basketball in Australia, providing the only opportunity for public and private secondary school-based teams to compete at a national level against teams from across the country.
“The popularity of basketball continues to rise amongst Australia’s youth and participation within schools continues to grow at a rapid rate. This progress year on year is reflected in the numbers we are seeing attend the Australian School Championships and after the 2020 event had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, we can’t wait to get back out on court in November on the Gold Coast.”
Deputy Mayor Donna Gates, who was on hand to show off her own basketball skills at the media conference this morning, said it was good news for the Gold Coast.
“Our city’s events calendar continues to expand and importantly, diversify,” she explained.
“Securing these major schools’ championships for the next three years will showcase everything our city has to offer so far as sporting facilities, accommodation, administrative support and transport.
“I applaud organisers for giving our city the green light and encourage everyone to take time to witness the very best youth basketball talent in our country.’’
Deputy Mayor Donna Gates is celebrating stealing the Australian School Championships from Melbourne.
— Dominique Loudon (@dloudon9) March 16, 2021