Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Commonwealth Games legacy sees opening of National Squash Centre at Carrara

Commonwealth Games legacy sees opening of National Squash Centre at Carrara
September 24, 2018

The opening of the National Squash Centre at Carrara on the Gold Coast over the weekend marks an important step in the resurgence of the sport according to Squash Australia Chief Executive Richard Vaughan.

Vaughan sees that “the National Squash Centre at Carrara is an amazing legacy outcome for the Gold Coast and Queensland.

“The Gold Coast will now be home to the Squash Australia High Performance program, host national events and over the next five years host multiple world championship events with the first being the World Coaches Conference this weekend at the Carrara complex, followed by the World Doubles Championships in June 2019 and the World Junior Championships in July 2020.”

Following the success of the Commonwealth Games, the six courts that make up the facility have been relocated to form the National Squash Centre within the Carrara Indoor Sports Centre.

Used during the Gold Coast Games, the courts were transferred to the Carrara facility as a Commonwealth Games legacy project that will see Squash Australia’s High Performance projects and major events being held on the Gold Coast.

Squash Australia President David Mandel sees that the new facility comes at an important time for the sport.

Mandel advised “the Centre opens at a time when Australians are falling in love with the sport once again, with now 185,000 players active, according to data supplied by Sport Australia - a 75% increase over the past three years.”

Queensland Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones says the courts were among more than 20,000 assets gifted back to the community under the Sports Assets Legacy Program.

Minister Jones added “our future squash stars now have the opportunity to play on the same courts which proved successful for Australia’s men’s doubles and mixed doubles teams, with both claiming gold at the Commonwealth Games.”

The National Squash Centre is a non-for-profit facility based within the City of Gold Coast’s Carrara Sports Complex. The Centre will be the home of Australian Squash, will host major World/National completions and will be a driver of physical activity and wellbeing in the local community.

Dubbed the “world's healthiest sport” (by Forbes magazine), the Centre will have a range of activities to get the community active with the Pop Up Squash, Cardio Squash and Social Squash programs. There is a specific focus on children through programs such as Hits and Giggles, Oz Squash and their interaction with our Sporting Schools Program.

Images: On court action during the weekend opening of the National Squash Centre (top) and Sport Australia Chief Executive Kate Palmer [centre] joined Squash Australia Chief Executive Richard Vaughan [left] and Squash Australia President David Mandel at the opening (below).

Related Articles

23rd April 2018 - Queensland Government looks to future sporting events for Commonwealth Games venues

12th April 2018 - Commonwealth Games legacy to make the Gold Coast an innovation hub

5th April 2018 - More to the Commonwealth Games than medals

17th October 2017 - Commonwealth Games legacy to benefit Queensland sport

23rd March 2017 - Massive decline in Australians’ participation in rugby, squash and tenpin bowling

6th March 2017 - WSF publish new specifications for squash courts

24th August 2016 - Victoria’s Pop Up Squash initiative declared a success

2nd June 2016 - Squash & Racquetball Victoria unveil Australia-first sporting concept

16th April 2015 - Construction starts at Carrara Sports Precinct

14th February 2015 - Professional Squash Association agrees World Tour deals in Australia and New Zealand

14th December 2014 - Squash revival in Australian mining towns

15th June 2014 - New Coomera Sport and Leisure Centre to be Gold Coast Commonwealth Games venue


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

TICKETSERV

As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing

 
 

Summit Fitness

Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

Mattioli

Mattioli provides award winning painting, flooring and waterproofing services to the aquatics and recreation sector. We’re recognised as the leading contractor in the industry with award-winning…

read more

Aquatics / Recreation / Safety

 
 

PAYSMART

Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology

 
 

AUSFIT

Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Aquaspin

AQUASPIN™ - Aqua Cycling Aquaspin™’s sessions have been specially designed by our Master Trainer to be challenging yet fun group cycling sessions. Each session is tailored to…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Wellness

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business