Vision for Gold Coast to become a world sports precinct

International sporting leaders will this week lead discussions on how the Gold Coast can become a world-leading sport and recreation destination.

The discussions will take place as part of the 2016 Big Blue Sky event on Friday and Saturday, to be held at the Sofitel in Broadbeach. Big Blue Sky is about developing ‘Moonshot’ projects (aspirational and ambitious ideas), and this year they will be focusing on the areas of financial, educational and sporting innovation.

One of the presenters is Cameron Murray from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. Mr Murray has over two decades in the media, sales, sports and entertainment industry and believes our city must leverage the international attention we will receive through the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


“This is a great opportunity for us (GC2018) to reaffirm the importance of events and in particular major sporting events to the region,” said Mr Murray.

“The potential this city has to emerge from the Commonwealth Games with an event intelligence and a capability to lead in areas of sporting excellence is a very real legacy from the Games.

“The Big Blue Sky Event demonstrates an enthusiasm and a vision to get behind our city’s sporting assets, from its infrastructure to its citizens and explore and exploit its potential.”

Another presenter is Dr Caroline Riot who works in the Sports Management division of Griffith University’s Business School. She specialises in athlete holistic development, support networks and personal excellence, and has worked with the International Olympic Committee across eight countries and three continents.

“Big Blue Sky offers a terrific opportunity to advance elite sport development throughout the region both in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games and towards Tokyo 2020,” said Dr Riot.

“The people and places of the Gold Coast offer a remarkable capacity to enhance high performance sport at all levels of management and operation, with a focus on the needs of elite athletes.”

Co-founder of the Big Blue Sky Event Christine McDougall agrees.

“Our region produces an extraordinary number of elite athletes across multiple disciplines,” she said.

“We asked the question: ‘What if the whole City co-ordinated around a Moonshot to become known in the world by 2020 as a major sports and recreation destination and centre of sports excellence’? And while we are at it, how can we become known as Australia’s most active city?

“Big Blue Sky is proud to be working closely with Stage 2 of the Strategic Sports Plan with City of Gold Coast on this Moonshot, partnering with stakeholders from sports science, tourism, education, athlete development and athletes themselves,” explained McDougall.

Sam Hughes from City of Gold Coast Active and Healthy Program, and Dr Lisa Gowthorp, Assistant professor of Sports Management, Bond University will also contribute to the Moonshot.

Two-day and single-day tickets are on sale for the Big Blue Sky Event, which brings together the thought leaders from a cross-section of industries to work directly with the Community, Government, Entrepreneurs, Creatives, Students and Business Leaders to discuss, challenge and think differently with the explicit purpose to co-create Moonshot projects that will forward the Gold Coast Cities resilience, vitality and economy for years to come.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Big Blue Sky page.