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The legacy

The QEII Stadium in prior to the 1982 Games and the venue as it is in 2017, the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre. Photo credit: Stadiums Queensland.

The QEII Stadium in prior to the 1982 Games and the venue as it is in 2017, the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre. Photo credit: Stadiums Queensland.

The last time the Commonwealth Games were hosted in Queensland was in 1982 in Brisbane, which is still being hailed as one of the best. With the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC) being used as the main stadium, the opening and closing ceremonies were particularly memorable.

Fast forward 35 years and the QAS now use this stadium as its centralised base which offers athletes access to cutting edge training and support services that allows them to train and compete to their full potential. The long lasting benefits of infrastructure and facilities like these are broad and varied, not only for the athletes and staff of the QAS, but for students, schools, aspiring athletes and the wider community alike.

Much like the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, the 2018 Commonwealth Games represents much more than just the promise of an unforgettable sporting event.

Embracing 2018

The Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for GC2018 will provide a unique opportunity for the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia to leave a lasting legacy for business, industry, sporting and community groups. It will be a once in a generation, transformational event for the Gold Coast.

GC2018 will deliver a great model for major events and may help Queensland attract large scale events in the future. With that in mind the Embracing 2018 team will make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure GC2018 leaves a lasting legacy for the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia.

The QAS are playing their role in promoting this legacy by engaging athletes with their local communities as part of the QAS4Schools program, launched in June 2017. This program saw our athlete’s visit schools throughout Queensland on a mission to inspire, motivate and encourage students to voluntary pursue a healthy lifestyle and peak their interest towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

There are a number of other initiatives being coordinated by the Embracing 2018 team including:

  • Sports Assets Legacy Program:Approximately 20,000 items of sporting equipment will be gifted to sporting organisations and communities throughout Queensland in a bid to leverage this investment and support future growth in participation and high performance success, well after the Games has concluded.
  • Sport and Healthy Lifestyles: aspires to build active, engaged and inclusive communities by motivating people to move more, value their health, and be active for life. 
  • Infrastructure – The Games events will be hosted across 18 world-class venues located on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville. In preparation for GC2018, the Queensland Government will deliver three new competition venues and undertake major upgrades to a further seven facilities that will provide important sport and community facilities for Queensland.
  • Trade 2018 - Trade and Investment Program developed by the Queensland Government in partnership with City of Gold Coast.
Last updated
16 January 2018