Coolangatta goes for Gold

10 Oct 2012 3:36 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, October 05, 2012

More than 400 endurance athletes will descend on the Gold Coast later this month to take part in the 2012 Coolangatta Gold.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey officially launched Coolangatta Gold today and said it was considered one of the most grueling physical competitions on the planet.

“Coolangatta Gold is Australia’s premier Ironman and Ironwoman race and will attract the best endurance athletes from across the globe to the Gold Coast,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government is proud to support the 2012 Coolangatta Gold through Events Queensland and recognises the economic boost major events like this contribute to the region.

“In 2011, Coolangatta Gold generated more than 3,000 visitor nights for the state, with approximately 65 per cent of attendees having travelled to the Gold Coast from outside the region.

“Supporting major events like Coolangatta Gold is part of the Newman Government’s commitment to restore Queensland to Australia’s number one tourist destination, and to double overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.”

Some of the biggest names in Australian Ironman and Ironwoman will take part in this year’s event, including Shannon Eckstein, Hayley Bateup, Courtney Hancock, Alex Tibbits, Josh Minogue and emerging star Ali Day.

Competitors will test their abilities over a grueling course which starts at Coolangatta, travels north to North Burleigh before returning to Coolangatta to finish.

The festival will host an extended program of events this year, including the Great Gold Coast Ocean Swim, a 5km beach fun run and the Sandstorm – Coolangatta Gold’s Beach Volleyball tournament.
Coolangatta Gold will take place on Sunday 14 October 2012.

[ENDS] 5 October 2012