Libby Trickett helps open new Gold Coast aquatic centre

The Gold Coast’s latest Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be officially opened at Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus on Wednesday morning.

The centre, to be opened by State Treasurer Curtis Pitt at 10:00AM, has been used by staff, students and the general public since February.

The ceremony will feature a four-by-50 metre Griffith University Partner Schools Freestyle Relay with former Olympic and Commonwealth Champion and Griffith alumnus Libby Trickett OAM presenting medals to the competitors.


It comes after we marked one year until the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Tuesday.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Ian O’Connor said the $16 million Aquatic Centre is the perfect venue for competition, training and recreation.

“This magnificent facility complements our ever expanding Gold Coast campus and is a welcome addition to the first class sporting amenities already available on the campus” he said.

The Olympic-sized pool, with FINA-approved starting blocks and electronic timing, features a bulkhead in the middle which means it can be split in two allowing for multi-purpose activity at either end without disruption.

With the 2018 Commonwealth Games rapidly approaching, the pool is set to attract national teams keen to use the facility to prepare and train for the big event.

“Griffith played a major role in Queensland’s last Commonwealth Games in 1982 with our foundation campus at Nathan hosting the Games Village as well as other important services,” Professor O’Connor said.

“Now 35 years on, we have a special relationship with the 2018 event and look forward to contributing to what we expect to be one of the most remarkable Games in history.”

Griffith University is an official Games partner and the first university in history to partner with the Commonwealth Games.