Local sporting clubs expecting boost in membership

GOLD COAST sporting clubs are anticipating a surge in memberships ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Yesterday marked 4 years until the Games begins here on the Gold Coast and local clubs are hoping the buzz will prompt budding athletes to get more serious about their training.

Little Athletics Queensland chief executive Simon Cook told The Bulletin he expected to see an increase in the lead up to, during and after the Games.


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“We usually have increases leading up to the Olympic and the Commonwealth Games and it will be even bigger leading into a Commonwealth Games that is more or less in our home town,” he said.

“The highest increase we’ve had was after the London Olympics when Sally Pearson did so well as a former Little Athletics member,” he added.

Organisers are hopeful the strong ticket sales seen for this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games will continue when the Games comes to the Coast.

Glasgow organisers announced this week that 92 per cent of the tickets had been sold for the event start July 23, and 2.3 million tickets had been requested so far.