100 Reasons to look forward to GC2018 – Part 428 Dec 2017 by Hope Kerslake
GC2018 represents a defining moment for the Gold Coast, Queensland and for the Commonwealth Games. Together we are taking the Games to the next level by ensuring this event is a true celebration of sport and humanity that transforms the Gold Coast.
Therefore, GC2018.com is rounding out our 100 reasons to help you get swept up in all the excitement is a line of Games milestones.
76. The volsrush
More than 47,000 people applied for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer for the Games and even though we only had 15,000 positions, the ‘volsrush’ signified a great show of support for GC2018.
77. Record journey
With the recent arrival of the Queen’s Baton into Australia, it’s only fair we celebrate when at the Opening Ceremony, the Baton will have finished a record 388-day, 230,000 kilometre journey across the Commonwealth.
78. Making it family friendly
What good would a Games be without passionate fans in every seat! So ticket prices were specifically priced to be inclusive, accessible and affordable, making it easy for everyone to enjoy all the action.
79. The Games will go down in Australia’s record books
GC2018 will be the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade and the largest event ever on the Gold Coast – now that’s one for the history books.
80. World leaders in sustainability
Did you know the Commonwealth Games Village has achieved a 6 Green Star Communities pilot rating from the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA)? This is equivalent to ‘World Leadership’ in sustainability.
81. Even our offices are green
GOLDOC was awarded the Gold Coast’s first 4 Star Green Star interiors PILOT rating, for the Ashmore headquarters fitout.
82. We’ve got quite a lot going on
The GC2018 sports competition schedule boasts the largest medal program and the most events in Commonwealth Games history - That’s 278 competition sessions you have the opportunity to see.
83. We’re the first to RAP
We’ve worked closely with the Traditional Owners to develop the first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for a major Australian sporting event.
84. Security first
GC2018’s security workforce model has seen the first ever collaboration of Australia’s largest security firms - that’s MSS Security, Wilson Security, SecureCorp and SNP all working together to make our Games safe.
85. It’s all about the venue
Eighteen world class sporting facilities have either been built or upgraded to ensure the athletes’ day is perfect.
86. Keeping it local
We’ve delivered a procurement program where 84% of contracts have been awarded to Gold Coast and Queensland businesses.
87. Exposing ourselves to the world
A global television audience of 1.5 billion people will be tuning in, giving the Gold Coast and Queensland a level of exposures that will be priceless for tourism.
88. Can’t forget Borobi
Not only is our mascot Borobi very loveable, he is also the first koala to be the mascot of a major Australian sports event!
89. We want everyone to be included
GOLDOC is taking part in an Australian-first benchmarking program designed to measure the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people within Australian sport.
90. Supporting our communities in need
The Gold Coast Community Fund (GCCF) is the Official Charity for GC2018. We know the economic impact from these Games will be significant so this is an opportunity to give back to the people of the city that is delivering the Games.
91. Its more than 11-days of sporting action
Festival 2018 will be a bold, aspirational 12-day celebration that will extend the GC2018 experience beyond the stadiums and into transformed public spaces, parks and beaches.
92. We’ll leave a huge legacy
GC2018 will leave a huge legacy with one of the biggest and most exciting being the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge precinct which will become a thriving hub for world-class biomedical and health technology and cutting-edge research.
93. We’ll make sure you get from A to Z
Thirteen temporary park-‘n’-ride facilities will be established across the Gold Coast and Brisbane to ensure spectators and Games officials alike can travel to and from venues quickly and safely.
94. Keeping everyone on time
We’ve installed four iconic surfboard attractions in each event city to play a timely reminder for the residents and visitors and to help count down the hours, minutes and seconds till the GC2018 Opening Ceremony.
95. Boundless energy
One of the most iconic symbols of GC2018 is the Queen’s Baton. Made using macadamia wood and reclaimed plastic sourced from Gold Coast waterway, the Baton is inspired by the region’s vibrant spirit, indigenous heritage and with sustainability in mind.
96. We’ve got some stars
Patty Mills, Cathy Freeman OAM, Sally Pearson OAM, Cameron McEvoy, Anna Meares OAM, Laura Geitz and Kurt Fearnley OAM are all part of our GC2018 Ambassador family, helping promote the Games to the world.
97. And asking for some stars
It’s not every day you get the call up to be a star but 4,000 lucky volunteers will join the volunteer cast performing in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
98. The community can chase the dream at GC2018
For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast community will have the opportunity to participate in a 5km fun run, called Gold Run 2018, on the same roads at the same time as the Marathon athletes.
99. We’ve even got some free events
Haven’t got a ticket? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with four free events - Cycling Road Race, Cycling Time Trial, Marathon and Race Walk -meaning there’s no excuse to not get caught up in the excitement of the Games!
100. Leaving a footprint for years to come
GC2018 will inject more than $4 billion into Queensland’s economy and will support thousands of jobs that will benefit Queenslanders for years to come.
Well that’s a wrap for our 100 reasons to get you swept up in the excitement of the Games! Head on over to our tickets page and buy you’re your golden ticket today.