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Embracing 2018

The City of Gold Coast is proud to be the host city for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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About the Commonwealth Games


City of Gold Coast is proud to host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. More than 6600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will take part in 11 days of competition from 4 to 15 April 2018.

GC2018 will unite our community, create jobs and kick-start infrastructure projects that will deliver a world-class event and leave a lasting legacy for the communities of the Gold Coast.

More than 80 per cent of the infrastructure required to host GC2018 is already in place, however delivering an event of this size requires the coordination and cooperation of three levels of government and multiple agencies.

We're working with our partners to complete the venues and village, infrastructure and city improvements to deliver long-term benefits for our residents.

When the eyes of the world are on us in 2018, we'll be ready. The GC2018 partners are planning a city-wide community readiness program to get everyone in the Gold Coast prepared to host our most exciting event ever.

The GC2018 partnership is:

  • City of Gold Coast
  • Queensland Government (Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games)
  • Australian Federal Government (Department of Health and Sport)
  • Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)
  • Australian Commonwealth Games Association

The Commonwealth Games is one of the largest elite multi-sport events in the world, equivalent to staging 15 world championships simultaneously. GC2018 will be the biggest international sporting event staged in Australia for a decade and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast.

It will feature 10 compulsory sports (athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash, rugby sevens, weightlifting) and eight optional sports (beach volleyball, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, table tennis, triathlon, wrestling). Unique to the Commonwealth Games is the full integration of para-competition into the program, and the GC2018 para-sports are athletics, aquatics, lawn bowls and powerlifting.

All GC2018 sports events will be held in existing and new or upgraded venues on the Gold Coast, with the exception of track cycling and shooting (Brisbane) and preliminary rounds of basketball (Townsville and Cairns).

GC2018 will also feature a comprehensive cultural and festival program for those wishing to enjoy all the excitement and energy of GC2018.

For more information, explore our pages or visit the GC2018 website.

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