A Gold Coast school has been selected as a training base by three international teams, ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018) next year.
Somerset College today announced Athletics Canada and Athletics Northern Ireland are set to join the Swimming Canada team, which announced its training base earlier this year, at the College’s new world-class facilities in March 2018.
Somerset College Sports Facilities Manager Damian Flint said the College was looking forward to hosting the athletes at their facilities and supporting teams ahead of the GC2018.
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“We are well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including a fully equipped fitness centre, two international-standard indoor courts with sprung flooring, an IAAF accredited 10-lane synthetic running track, 10-lane Olympic swimming and water polo pool, physio rooms and more, so we are confident we’ll be able to provide the support the athletes need,” he said.
Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, commended Somerset College on their success in hosting the Canadian and Northern Ireland athletics teams for their pre-event training.
“It’s great to see Somerset College embracing the Games and attracting international teams to their Mudgeeraba campus,” Minister Jones said.
“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime and will achieve a great legacy for Somerset College and the Gold Coast well beyond the Games.”
Athletics Canada is expected to arrive late-March, and Canada Swimming is scheduled to land in Australia on 22 March, with training to continue through to 31 March, before the teams officially move into the Commonwealth Games Village.
Athletics Canada Head Coach Glenroy Gilbert said they are looking forward to training at Somerset College in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“The staff and facilities are best in class, ensuring our team will be ready to perform. We’re excited about this partnership as we set our sights on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
Athletics Northern Ireland will be holding their pre-Commonwealth Games training camp at Somerset College from 22 March – 2 April.
Athletics Northern Ireland Athletes Development Lead Tom Reynolds said the training camp would play an important role in preparing the athletes for the Games.
“We understand that one of the most important factors affecting the performance of our team at these Games will be the recovery from the long haul travel, as well as the adjustment to time zone and climatic changes,” Mr Reynolds said. “We believe that this 12 day training camp in the excellent new facilities at Somerset College will allow our athletes optimal preparation before they enter the Games Village and begin competing.”