1982 Commonwealth Games venues return to the spotlight
Venues from Queensland’s first hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 1982 games are once again hosting the elite athletes, with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) now underway.
The purpose-built Sleeman Sports Complex (SSC) and the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre (QSAC), which hosted events for the 1982 Commonwealth Games are still in regular use today, more than 35 years later.
Commenting on the facilities’ longevity, Queensland Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni advised “these two venues were built more than 35 years ago, but they’ve stood the test of time.
“Nearly a million athletes use these facilities every year, from grassroots sport right through to elite levels.”
The Sleeman Sports Complex is now a two-time Commonwealth Games venue, with the Anna Meares Velodrome hosting the Track Cycling event from 5th to 8th April.
Minister de Brenni advised “I had the opportunity to ride around the Velodrome last year, and it’s truly a top class facility.
“The Velodrome recently hosted the National Championships, as well as the English and Japanese National Team’s Training Camps.
“The Australian Swimming Team has also been using the Brisbane Aquatic Centre at SSC for their training in the lead up to the Games.
“Local swimmers Cameron McEvoy, the Campbell sisters and Emily Seebohm will lead a 40-strong Queensland contingent competing for Australia in the pool.”
QSAC also hosted local and international athletes ahead of this year's Games on its recently resurfaced State Athletics Facility (SAF) track and Main Track.
Recent upgrades at the venue see QSAC as the only facility in Australia which has two 400 metre 10-lane tracks co-located at the one venue.
Minister de Brenni concluded “Queensland athletes punch above their weight, and that’s because we support them with better facilities and better training programs than other states.
“We’ve delivered $320 million worth of additional sporting and community infrastructure ahead of the Games, including three new sporting venues, one multipurpose venue, and seven upgraded venues.
“World class inclusions like the Rekortan track surface we’ve just put down at QSAC give our Queensland athletes the edge, so I have every expectation we’ll see them all perform at a very high level over the next 10 days.”
Image: QSAC's new Rekortan M99 running track.
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