With not long to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Minister Kate Jones has officially opened the athletes’ village!
Ms Jones said the Commonwealth Games Village, a purpose-built accommodation venue catering to the specific needs of competitors, had been given two thumbs up by Games Mayors, champion swimmer Mark Stockwell and gold-medal-winning cyclist Sara Carrigan.
“Mark and Sara have already had a good look around the village, along with local journalists, and given the venue a 10 out of 10,” she said.
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“The Village will be a home away from home for thousands of athletes and officials throughout the Games.”
Ms Jones said the village had been designed to accommodate the needs of all athletes.
“Every athlete has his or her own way of preparing for competition and recovery. If they need peace and quiet, they’ve got it. If they want to be social, they can be. If their bodies are feeling pain, there are ice baths, saunas and four pools.”
In the residential zone, athletes have access to television lounges, computer spaces and refreshment areas, along with a hang-out area complete with pool tables, arcade games and bean bags.
There are designated areas for friends and family to visit, retail shops and a bar.
Ms Jones said the village also includes a fully-equipped medical centre, a gym designed by the Australian Institute of Sport, a buffet-style dining hall, and an onsite technical service to repair and alter wheelchairs, orthotics and prosthetics.
“The Commonwealth Games Village will leave a great legacy for Queensland,” she said.
During the games, athletes and volunteers will also be able to visit the Gold Coast theme parks, with Village Roadshow providing them with free access.
After the Games, Ms Jones said the 29-hectare site will be able to help create thousands of new, long-term jobs and diversify the Gold Coast economy when it transforms into the residential, retail and commercial heart of the new 200-hectare Health and Knowledge Precinct adjacent to Griffith University and the Gold Coast University Hospital.