English tour facilities ahead of Commonwealth Games

15 Jan 2014 3:55 PMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Commonwealth Games England representatives are the first of many team officials to inspect sporting facilities ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Minister for the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said representatives from England were touring Queensland to examine training venues to be used in a pre-Commonwealth Games Holding Camp.

“We are thrilled that Commonwealth Games England is looking at training venues across the Gold Coast and Brisbane for the entire English squad,” Minister Stuckey said.

“Brisbane and indeed Queensland has a wide variety of world class facilities to offer teams for training purposes and we are showing English officials a number of venues in Brisbane and surrounds for their consideration.

 “The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the largest sporting event in Australia in more than a decade.

 “The Newman Government is committed to ensuring we maximise the long lasting benefits from hosting this event across Queensland.

 “We can expect around 600 English athletes and officials to be involved, which will provide a considerable economic boost to local businesses, as well as create great local excitement for the event which will be held from 4 to 15 April 2018.

 The Government is hosting Mr Don Parker (Sports Director) and Ms Louise Bell (Logistics Manager) from Commonwealth Games England, as part of its host venue obligations.”

 Mr Parker said they were impressed with the facilities they had seen so far.

 “We are here to consider venues for English athletes ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2018. The facilities we have looked at on the Gold Coast will provide an excellent training and competition environment for our athletes,” he said.

 “Our focus is on delivering for our team at the Glasgow Games in July but we are very much looking forward to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and feel many friends and family of the team will travel to Queensland in 2018 and make the most of the diverse attraction the state has to offer.”

Minister Stuckey said she expected Commonwealth Games England to visit south-east Queensland again prior to GC2018 to further progress their preparations.

 [END] 15 January 2013