Exciting news for the Gold Coast, with confirmation the city has secured yet another major international sporting event.
It’s been revealed that after more than 30 years, the Lifesaving World Championships will return to the coast.
The International Life Saving Federation confirmed the city will host the prestigious event at Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre over 17 days in late August and early September in 2024.
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It’s expected to attract more than 5000 competitors from 50 countries and inject about $15 million into the local economy.
The last time the World Lifesaving Championships were held on the Gold Coast was in 1988.
International Life Saving President Graham Ford said he was excited about bringing the event back to the city.
“The championships haven’t been held on the Gold Coast since 1988, which is an extraordinary period of time, and it’s fantastic to be bringing the event back in 2024,” Mr Ford said.
He revealed there were a number of factors considered when making the decision, which included the success of the Commonwealth Games.
“There were a number of factors considered when making the decision; firstly Queensland’s success after the Commonwealth Games, the fact they can deliver large events on the Gold Coast, the Australian Championships is run there regularly, and the fact there’s infrastructure in place and a world-class swimming facility at Southport,” he said.
“I think the fact it hasn’t been held in Queensland since 1988 means it will attract a lot of international competitors, and we know that international competitors don’t just come for the event, they often stay on afterwards.
“Queensland has so many amazing tourist spots to go to, and I think you’ll find the majority of athletes will be staying and spending time in Queensland.”
The event is being held in Adelaide this year and will take place in Italy in 2020, while the 2022 destination is yet to be decided.
After 30 years, the Lifesaving World Championships are returning to Queensland. More than 5,000 competitors from roughly 50 countries will flock to the Gold Coast in 2024. pic.twitter.com/bjOW530CMm
— Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) (@lifesavingqld) November 22, 2018