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Gold Coast secures major national bowls event
The world’s largest open lawn bowls tournament will be held on the Gold Coast for the next five years after the Queensland Government today announced a new deal with Bowls Australia.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said with the 2019 Australian Open starting this week, the government via Tourism and Events Queensland had secured the event to stay on the Gold Coast from 2020 - 2024.
Minister Jones advised “the Australian Open is the largest open lawn bowls event in the world, attracting thousands of competitors and visitors from across the globe."
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon added “this event is a great legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It will centre around Broadbeach Bowls Club – one of many venues was upgraded ahead of the Games.
“A record number of competitors will be on the Gold Coast for this year’s instalment with more than 2600 entrants from across the world competing – more than 300 from overseas.
“Securing this event for the next five years is a great achievement for Queensland. It will pump millions into the Gold Coast economy and help to grow the tourism industry.
“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games showed the world that Queensland is a world-class events host. Now we have sporting organisations beating down our door to host events on the Coast.”
“This event is a great legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It will centre around Broadbeach Bowls Club – one of many venues was upgraded ahead of the Games.
“A record number of competitors will be on the Gold Coast for this year’s instalment with more than 2600 entrants from across the world competing - more than 300 from overseas.
“This year’s competition will take place across the city, at a total of 13 venues, once again shining the spotlight on the Gold Coast for two weeks of competition and spectacular winter weather.”
Bowls Australia Chief Executive Neil Dalrymple said the transition of the Australian Open to the Gold Coast in 2015 has been seen as a significant pillar in the development of this marquee-calibre event and the positioning of South East Queensland as the natural hub of bowls in Australia.
Dalrymple advised “the Australian Open has established itself as the world’s premier open bowls event, catering for nationals and internationals of all ages and abilities through the 14 disciplines contested, and is the sport’s most lucrative open competition, distributing more than $1.2 million in prize money during its five years on the Gold Coast.
“We are delighted to see this event remain on the Gold Coast for a further five years and hope to see more and more people experience this wonderful destination and the hospitality of our host venues as the event continues to grow.
“On behalf of Bowls Australia and the thousands of bowlers who experience the Australian Open each year, I wish to convey our thanks to the event’s Principle Partners, Tourism and Events Queensland the City of Gold Coast, for their ongoing support of this beloved competition.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said securing lawn bowls’ pre-eminent event was testament to the Gold Coast’s resounding appeal to hold major sporting events, such as the Australian Open.
Mayor Tate concluded “this event will capitalise on the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, utilising our world-class sporting facilities and in particular the upgraded Broadbeach Bowls Club.
“Bowls is already hugely popular in this city and it’s events like this that are helping to give the city international recognition as both a vibrant events capital and a sporting destination.”
18th February 2019 - Bowls Victoria launches new junior bowls program, Roll Up
1st April 2018 - Broadbeach Bowls Club upgrade inspires new generation of bowlers
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