2018 Commonwealth Games legacy lives on

Published on 25 November 2021

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre

The success of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be immortalised at one of the Coast’s key sporting venues when a legacy exhibition opens to the public later this month.

The tribute will showcase pivotal moments, memorabilia and memories of the Games.

Mayor Tom Tate said the Games had created a lasting legacy that would continue to shape the city for generations to come.

"The Gold Coast benefited from a $1.8 billion economic boost to the local economy, delivering improved road and public transport infrastructure, much needed community and sporting infrastructure as well as putting our city on the world stage.

"The investment in our city has placed us in a strong position as we get closer to Brisbane 2032."

Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games had gone down in history as one of the most inclusive.

"GC2018 saw an equal number of medal events for men and women across all sports,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

"The Gold Coast set the template for future Commonwealth Games as the first to fully integrate para-sports into the competition program.

"Another important element of GC2018 was the inclusion of a Reconciliation Action Plan recognising Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

"The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games also helped Queensland secure the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games by demonstrating our commitment to creating a lasting infrastructure legacy and reinforcing the State's ability to host major international events.

"Jointly funded by Gold Coast City and the Palaszczuk Government, this exhibition celebrates the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in the same venue where gold, silver and bronze medals were won in badminton, weightlifting, para powerlifting and wrestling."

Environment Minister and Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon said the Gold Coast was still enjoying the benefits of the 2018 Commonwealth Games which set the stage for so many international and high-profile events since then.

"The Commonwealth Games was an exciting time on the Gold Coast and marked its coming of age as an international sports and training mecca,” Ms Scanlon said.

"Gold Coast locals have been left with not just incredible lifelong memories of those two weeks but an ongoing legacy from the venues and other infrastructure created and upgraded for the Games."

Fast facts about the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games:
  • 1.2 million spectators across 18 sports
  • 6600 athletes and team officials
  • 18 competition venues
  • $1.8 billion economic boost to the Gold Coast
  • 21,000 full-time equivalent jobs generated
  • 15,000 volunteers contributing a collective 880,000 hours of their own time
  • 7.3km light rail extension
  • 9 world records and 91 Commonwealth records broken