Gold Coast’s champion ironwoman, Karla Gilbert, has joined the star-studded line up as an ambassador for the 10th biennial Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games (JPPMG).
The event, held on the coast from 5 to 13 November, has boasted a number of iconic ambassadors including: 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medallist, Hockeyroos captain Nikki Hudson OAM; three-time Brisbane Broncos NRL premiership winner Petero Civoniceva; and 1990 Auckland, 1994 Victoria and 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games representative Pat Carroll.
Gilbert had a stellar career from 1993 to 2003, and is excited to be part of this exciting event.
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“I still love sport and the Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games highlights the fact that sport can always be a part of your life. At these games you can complete as an individual, as part of a team and across so many different sports as well,” she said.
“The social aspect is also very important and a big draw card for the games.”
Stand up paddle boarding is making its debut at the games, a sport which Karla is particularly passionate about.
“I really love (SUP) and will be having a bit of a paddle around and handing out any tips if people want them,” she said.
CEO of Events Management Queensland, Cameron Hart, says Karla is a ‘gold medal addition’ to their ambassadors ranks.
“With two world ironwoman titles, three Aussie ironwoman titles and seven Uncle Tobys and Nutri-Gran ironwoman series crowns, Karla is widely regarded as our greatest female surf lifesaver,” he said.
Mr Hard also is looking forward to a successful 10th edition of the games.
“Entry numbers remain very strong and this year we will have a record number of 44 sports,” he said.
The event is predicted to draw around 13,000 participants from all over Australia, as well as 20 overseas countries.
It’s also expected to bring a $19million sports tourism boost to Queensland.
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