Sport Plan drives greater promotion for our city

21 January 2016

The city’s reputation as an international training and competition venue for elite sport has received another boost with an international junior hockey competition underway.

Australian and New Zealand elite young hockey players are battling it out in Labrador as they seek international selection for their countries.

The Junior World Cup Qualification Tournament features the Australian and New Zealand under-21 teams. Last week, around 60 players featured in an under-21 competition with Australia, Japan and New Zealand represented. The event is part of Hockey Australia’s National Futures Program.

“World class juniors in our city showcasing their enormous talent. This is exactly what our City’s Sport Plan is all about,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

“With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in their sights, these tournaments not only bring investment into our city through hotels, vehicle hire, sports performance and coaching, they put us on the international stage as a credible destination for major tournaments.’’

Cr Tate said the City was determined to forge closer relationships with Hockey Australia in the lead up to GC2018.

“The City partnered with Hockey Australia to bring the athletes here as part of our Sport Plan. Hockey will be one of the big legacy winners from the Commonwealth Games with this park to be transformed into a world-class facility with international-standard pitches,” he said.

Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe said he looked forward to welcoming athletes to the redeveloped Gold Coast Hockey Centre in 2017.

“The $14.5 million redevelopment of the facility is an important investment in the future of hockey on the Gold Coast and will help to attract more major competitions and international training camps in future,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

“It’s a real bonus that local teams as well as elite national and international players will be able to use the redeveloped hockey facilities more than 12 months out from GC2018,” he said.

Hockey Australia National Talent Pathway Manager Michael Crooks said the Gold Coast events were the first time Australia’s most talented junior athletes had participated in an international tournament.

“This is the first step in Hockey Australia’s Junior World Cup campaign, and a step in their journey to become senior international hockey players,” he said.

“Coaches mentoring the young athletes this week include a number of multiple Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship gold medallists.”

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