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In a Commonwealth Games first, Beach Volleyball has scored a spot in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) sports program.

The historic agreement between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), will extend the GC2018 sports program for the first time from 17 to 18 sports.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the decision, which was approved by the CGF Executive Board following a special request from the Minister for the Commonwealth Games and GOLDOC. She said:

I am proud my Government has been able to work with the Commonwealth Games Federation to expand the sports program and add Beach Volleyball to the GC2018 schedule.

The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches are a huge Games drawcard and Beach Volleyball is the perfect sporting fit for the 2018 program.

The Games is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase Queensland to the world and with Beach Volleyball now locked in to make its Commonwealth Games debut, vision of the Gold Coast’s iconic beaches will be beamed to an audience of over 1.5 billion people around the world.

Commonwealth Games Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, said Games’ partners are in the process of assessing suitable Gold Coast locations:

The Gold Coast has some of the best beaches in the world, which is why we have campaigned strongly to the Commonwealth Games Federation to include Beach Volleyball as part of the sporting program in 2018.

Games partners will scout a location that showcases our magnificent beaches, but also is accessible and has the capacity to house the temporary infrastructure needed to meet international federation guidelines.

I am confident that preparations will proceed quickly in full consultation with the community and key partners.

CGF President Louise Martin CBE also endorsed the decision:

The CGF Executive Board is delighted to approve the inclusion of Beach Volleyball in the sports program of the XXI Commonwealth Games, which will allow nations to compete in more sports, engage and inspire spectators, broadcasters and commercial partners, and create a spectacular sporting showcase for the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia on the world stage.

This innovative, collaborative initiative, undertaken and initiated by the Gold Coast 2018 delivery partners with support from the CGF, is a fantastic example of the collective ambitions set out in the CGF’s Transformation 2022 strategic plan and we look forward to experiencing Beach Volleyball for the first time ever at a Commonwealth Games.

GOLDOC Chairman Nigel Chamier AM said Games’ preparations were on track with arrangements well advanced on the sporting, commercial and infrastructure programs:

This announcement is a great outcome that will only add to what is already an exciting program.

The people of the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia can expect amazing venues, incredible sport and a lifetime of memories.

The GC2018 sports program will now include the following 18 sports: Athletics, Aquatics (swimming and diving), Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (road, mountain and track), Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

The final GC2018 fully integrated Para-Sports program will be announced later this month.

The events will be staged across 18 competition venues, with 14 sports on the Gold Coast, two in Brisbane (Shooting and Track Cycling), one in Cairns (Basketball Preliminaries) and one in Townsville (Basketball Preliminaries).

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be staged from 4 to 15 April 2018.

In the fourth part of this weekly series highlighting the latest sports venue developments from across the Asia Pacific region, we highlight the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ venue developments.

From 4 to 15 April 2018, Queensland’s Gold Coast will host the 21st Commonwealth Games. It will be the fifth time Australia has staged the Games, and the very first time it will be held in a regional Australian city.

The latest venue development news can be found on the tournament’s website, with details on upcoming tenders also availble online.

Images & data all courtesy: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™

Commonwealth Games Venues


Broadbeach Bowls Club

The Lawn Bowls competition will be held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, which is set to be upgraded to meet the competition requirements of the Commonwealth Games Federation and World Bowls Ltd.

Location: Broadbeach
Sport:  Lawn Bowls
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Carrara Indoor Stadium

The Carrara Indoor Stadium will be upgraded to host the Weightlifting competition.

Location: Carrara
Sport: Weightlifting
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

A new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre will be constructed to host the Wrestling and Badminton competitions.

Location: Carrara
Sports: Badminton and Wrestling
Spectator Capacity: 2,500 Badminton and 2,500 Wrestling

Carrara Stadium

Carrara Stadium will be enhanced with temporary seating to provide for 40,000 spectators in Games mode. The venue will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games and the Athletics competition.

Location: Carrara
Sports: Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Athletics
Spectator Capacity: 40,000


Coomera Indoor Sports Centre

The Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, a new AUD$40m indoor multi-sport sport and leisure facility that is being built at Coomera, and will host Gymnastics and the Netball finals, it will be a permanent legacy for the community.

Location: Coomera
Sports: Gymnastics and Netball (finals)
Spectator Capacity:


Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has undergone a major redevelopment to provide for both the Swimming and Diving programs. The redevelopment includes the construction of a new 50m, 10-lane swimming pool for competition, while the existing 50m pool will become the warm-up pool in Games mode.

Location: Southport Broadwater Parklands
Sports:  Aquatics (Swimming and Diving)
Spectator Capacity: 2,500 Diving and 10,000 Swimming


Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the preliminary Netball competition, Basketball finals and be home to the Main Media Centre.

Location: Broadbeach
Sports: Netball (Preliminaries), Basketball (Finals) and Main Media Centre
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Gold Coast Hockey Centre

The existing home of the Gold Coast Hockey Centre at Keith Hunt Park, Labrador will be upgraded to host the Hockey competition for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.

Location: Labrador
Sport: Hockey
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Merv Craig Sporting Complex

The Elanora/Currumbin Valley area will provide a picturesque location for the Road Racing elements of the Cycling program. Commencing and finishing at the Merv Craig Sporting Complex, the road race looped circuit provides for a range of areas where spectators will be able to view the event.

Location: Elanora / Currumbin
Sport: Cycling (Road Race, Time Trial)
Spectator Capacity: 2,000


Nerang Mountain Bike Trails will be the location for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ Mountain Bike competition.

Location: Nerang
Sport: Cycling (Mountain Bike)
Spectator Capacity: 2,000


The existing sound stages of the Village Roadshow complex at Oxenford will play host to the sports of Boxing and Table Tennis. This venue is being enhanced to provide for the International Sporting Federations technical venue requirements.

Location: Oxenford
Sports: Boxing and Table Tennis
Spectator Capacity: 2,700 – 3,000 Boxing and 3,200 Table Tennis

Robina Stadium

Considered one of the best regional stadiums in Australia, the Robina Stadium will host the Rugby Sevens competition.

Location: Robina
Sport: Rugby Sevens
Spectator Capacity: 27,400


Runaway Bay Sports Centre

The Runaway Bay Sports Centre will host the Squash competitions.

Location: Runaway Bay
Sport: Squash
Spectator Capacity: 3,000


Southport Broadwater Parklands

The Parklands will be the site for the start and finish of the Marathon event, Race Walks and Triathlon.

Location: Southport
Sports: Marathon, Race Walks and Triathlon
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Brisbane-based Venues

Two sports are to be conducted at Brisbane based venues.

Belmont Shooting Centre

Clay Target, Pistol, Small and Full Bore Shooting disciplines for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will be held at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

Location: Belmont
Sport: Shooting
Spectator Capacity: 3,000


Queensland State Velodrome

Track Cycling will be held at the Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler, where a new indoor cycling velodrome (Queensland State Velodrome) will be built.

Location: Chandler
Sport: Cycling (Track)
Spectator Capacity: 4,000

Regional Areas


Cairns Convention Centre

Preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre respectively.

Location: Cairns
Sport: Basketball (preliminary rounds)
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre

Preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre respectively.

Location: Townsville
Sport: Basketball (preliminary rounds)
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Construction has started at the AUD$122m (USD$94m) Carrara Sports Precinct that is being built for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018), taking place in Queensland, Australia.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, joined Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, to mark the beginning of the project’s initial phase, the redevelopment of Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

Palaszczuk said:

The Centre is a major piece of infrastructure for the Gold Coast and will accommodate a wide range of court sports, including basketball, netball, indoor soccer and badminton… [it] is a major piece of infrastructure for the Gold Coast and will accommodate a wide range of court sports.

As a GC2018 host venue, the project is expected to generate 400 jobs during its design and construction phases.

Jones advised:

The Commonwealth Games infrastructure programme is an important investment in the region that will not only generate 1,000 jobs during design and construction, but also ensure the local community, local business and local industry reap long-term benefits from the event.

Ahead of GC2018, AUD$320m (USD$245m) will be invested in venue infrastructure, including AUD$154m (USD$118m) in Commonwealth Government funding.

Carrara Sports Precinct: Redevelopment

Revitalisation of the Carrara Sports Precinct will provide new and upgraded facilities for a range of elite and community sporting groups on the Gold Coast. The vision for the precinct is to create a vibrant and engaging venue space that will attract community and sporting events long after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018).

A range of enhancements will occur throughout the Carrara Sports Precinct that are designed to create new world-class sporting facilities that will serve a range of community sporting needs and attract major sporting competitions to the precinct in the future. All permanent enhancements will be delivered by early 2017 in preparation for when it will become the signature venue precinct for GC2018, hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Badminton, Weightlifting and Wrestling competitions.

The AUD$121m Carrara Sports Precinct redevelopment will cater for elite and community sporting groups, as well as provide a range of amenities for public use. The redevelopment will be delivered as four key projects including the new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, upgrades to the Carrara Indoor Stadium, upgrades to Carrara Outdoor Stadium, and general precinct upgrades such as improvements to existing sports fields.

The redevelopment will be delivered as four key projects throughout the precinct and construction will take place from early 2015 to early 2017.

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

This new multi-purpose community facility will comprise of two mixed-use indoor halls connected by a pedestrian plaza. The new centre will support a range of sport and community facilities including function rooms, change rooms and administrative facilities. The mixed-use sports courts are designed to accommodate a wide range of court sports including basketball, netball, indoor soccer and badminton.

The Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre will provide world-class competition and training facilities on the Gold Coast capable of hosting international sporting events such as the badminton and wrestling competition during GC2018.

Carrara Stadium upgrade

Carrara Stadium is a world-class facility and will benefit from permanent lighting and technology upgrades ahead of GC2018. Construction is scheduled to commence in late 2016.

Carrara Indoor Stadium upgrade

Refurbishment of this multi-purpose indoor venue will extend community usage of this facility for the next 20 years and beyond. The project will deliver upgraded spectator seating, technology upgrades, new internal and external cladding, and a new roof. Construction is scheduled to take place from late 2016 to early 2017.

Southern Sports Fields

Three new multi-sports fields will accommodate a range of community uses including soccer, football and school carnivals. Other facilities will include outdoor lighting, car parking, access roads, public amenities and a shared clubhouse facility. Construction is scheduled to take place from early 2015 to late 2015.


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Architect: BVN Donovan Hill

Managing Contractor: Hansen Yuncken

Deliverables: New indoor sport facility and and upgrades to facilities throughout the precinct

Status: Construction phase

GC2018 sports: Opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, badminton, wrestling and weightlifting

Location: Carrara


Glasgow 2014 – Bring it on

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Glasgow and Scotland welcomed the world with an Opening Ceremony that featured thousands of friendly faces, a blend of bagpipes, banter and bravado and a soundtrack made for the best party in town.


Global celebrities joined thousands of local talent to bring a tantalising mix of tradition, irreverent fun and true Glaswegian hospitality to life for the world to see as the sun shone on Celtic Park on Wednesday 23 July. The rhythm of Glasgow’s heart was beating to the drum of Rod Stewart who rocked the crowd with a rousing rendition of his hit which was given a new twist by Amy Macdonald and some unexpected backing singers – hundreds of Glaswegians.


The ceremony, which featured more than 1,300 volunteer cast members, ranging from eight to 85 years old and representing every local authority in Scotland, was inspired by a desire to put people and communities at the heart of the Ceremony. The spectacular was watched by a stadium audience of 40,000 and television viewers of an estimated 1 billion in 71 Commonwealth nations and territories.

The athletes of the Commonwealth were invited to take a seat and join in the party by thousands of volunteers who gave the performance of their lives. Each nation and territory was welcomed into the stadium by one of 71 Glaswegians on stage to give a very personal warm welcome.


Other highlights included:


  • Glasgow’s countdown: across the city, more than 100 people from 14 communities created 14 completely different numbers, each in their own unique style and materials – from graffiti to sports balls to ceramics
  • Susan Boyle and the Red Arrows welcomed in Her Majesty The Queen
  • Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont delivered the Queen’s Baton on the Loch Lomond Sea Plane, completing its 120,000 mile epic journey around the Commonwealth
  • Athletes from 71 teams were accompanied into the stadium by their team name bearers – an ensemble of 41 Scottish Terriers
  • A unique moment was led by UNICEF where the people came together to donate and help support the children of the Commonwealth. The moment was accompanied live by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and over 2000 children and young people from nations and territories in Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Youth Choir
  • Violinist Nicola Benedetti performed accompanied by the Children of the Big Noise Orchestra as the ceremonial flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation entered the stadium
  • Billy Connolly reflected on Glasgow’s relationship to Nelson Mandela and introduced a powerful Scottish song of peace and freedom
  • The Opening Ceremony closed with personal good luck messages from the children of Glasgow schools scattered like confetti from the stadium roof and read by the athletes below


The night was an historic one which broke the mould of previous ceremonies and for the first time included a call to action for the audience, the athletes and the Commonwealth to Put Children First.


Her Majesty the Queen read her message, which has travelled 190,000km since 9 October last year, traversing the Commonwealth until finally coming home.


Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chairman of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, said:

This was the moment we had been waiting for since the bid was accepted in 2007.  This Opening Ceremony promised many things – including showing Glasgow as a generous host – and I think we can say that we did just that.  There were so many touches that just said “we are Glasgow and we are proud to welcome you in” – from the voices of 71 of my fellow Glaswegians announcing the arrival of the athletes, to the moment where we witnessed community groups performing side by side with international talent.  Glasgow promised to put on a show and put on a show we did, setting the scene for the next 11 days of competition and the best Games ever.


HRH Prince Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said:

It was a memorable opening ceremony but the highlight for me is always the arrival of the athletes from the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. They will be the stars of the show over the next 11 days of outstanding competition. They all looked delighted to be here in Glasgow and excited about what lies ahead.


Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, said:

What an amazing Opening Ceremony to kick-off our home Games and one which will live long in the memory of the thousands who were fortunate enough to be inside the stadium and for the millions watching from across the Commonwealth and beyond. We started this journey 12 years ago and it was a very proud and poignant moment when our flag bearer Euan Burton led Team Scotland into the stadium.

With a welcome unlike anything they have ever experienced before in Scotland, I know the entire Team are now raring to go and showcase their talent in the sporting arena and make the nation proud.


First Minister, Alex Salmond, said:

Tonight’s spectacular opening ceremony has been a fitting start to the biggest cultural and sporting celebration Scotland has ever seen.

As we all look forward to 11 days of sporting achievement and excellence, I want to wish the hundreds of athletes from the 71 participating Commonwealth nations and territories the very best of luck. 

I would also like to thank all of those who have worked so hard to bring us to this point.  From those working behind the scenes, to the clyde-siders who have volunteered to help welcome the world to Glasgow, the dedication of all those involved has been remarkable. 

The Games will deliver an exciting spectacle that will thrill audiences worldwide, but even more importantly, will secure a lasting legacy that will benefit Scotland for years to come.


David Zolkwer, Head of Ceremonies and Artistic Director, said:

The Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was created and produced on behalf of Glasgow 2014 by Jack Morton Worldwide, who also created the Ceremonies for Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 and Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.  They are the team behind some of the most high-profile and critically-acclaimed ceremonies on four continents – including Athens 2004 Olympic Ceremonies and the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremonies. Jack Morton will also be creating and producing the closing ceremony on 3 August.



New COO seconded for Glasgow 2014

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David Leather, who was Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester 2002, has joined Glasgow 2014 as Chief Operations Officer. He also played a key role in setting up the Olympic Delivery Authority for the London 2012 Olympics.

Glasgow 2014 offers a unique opportunity for me to invest my energies and experience in delivering an outstanding Commonwealth Games. I’m proud of what we achieved at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 and I’m delighted to be part of what I know will be a truly memorable event in Scotland,

said Leather.

He joins the Organising Committee (OC) on secondment from Ernst & Young where he has been a partner since 2005. Ernst & Young is a member of Glasgow 2014’s sponsor family. He replaces Ralph Ord who left the OC this week.