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2016 – A year of significant firsts

2016 has been a year of significant ‘firsts’ for GC2018 – the first regional city ever to host a Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) CEO, Mark Peters said with 18 sports and a record seven para-sports, GC2018 comprises the largest competition schedule ever in a Commonwealth Games.

GC2018 will see Beach Volleyball and Women’s Rugby Sevens making their Commonwealth Games debuts, helping us become the first major multi-sport event in the world with an equal number of medals between men and women.

Para-Triathlon has been included on the program, with para-sport athletes also lining up to take on the Marathon for the first time.

These are all significant achievements in a Commonwealth Games and in a global sporting sense and achievements of which the Gold Coast and Queensland can be justifiably proud.

And the firsts don’t stop there.

Away from the field of play GC2018 organisers are working closely with the Traditional Owners to develop the first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for a major Australian sporting event while the Corporation’s sustainability initiatives were recently recognised with the awarding of the Gold Coast’s first 4 Star Green Star interiors PILOT rating for its Ashmore headquarters.

GC2018 will deliver a first in terms of its security workforce model, with the first ever collaboration of Australia’s largest security firms working with GOLDOC and its Games delivery partners.

The GC2018 mascot Borobi is the first koala to be the mascot of a major Australian sports event, while his nation of birth prepares to be the first to host five Commonwealth Games.

And the GC2018 Queen’s Baton will take on a record 388-day, 230,000 kilometre journey when it sets off from Buckingham Palace on Monday 13 March 2017 – Commonwealth Day.

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, said he is looking forward to many more milestones and challenges next year.

Make no mistake, 2017 will define our ultimate delivery of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, but GOLDOC is more than up to the task and I for one can’t wait to start another great year of hard work and achievement.