The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has returned to Gold Coast for SportAccord 2019 just one year after the coastal city successfully staged the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The impact of the Commonwealth Games provided a significant boost to the Australian state with the official Post Games Report (published in April this year) revealing that the event is estimated to deliver a $2.5 billion economic boost to Queensland, including $1.8 million to the Gold Coast.
The report also showed around 1.3 million visitors will travel to Queensland because of Gold Coast 2018 while the Games has helped the city attract an increasing number of major national and international events such as SportAccord.
The SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations. The 17th edition of the summit will take place from 5-10 May 2019 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The CGF delegation, which will include CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE and Chief Executive Officer David Grevemberg CBE, will be in the Gold Coast for the duration of SportAccord 2019 alongside partners from the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee and Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA).
CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “We are absolutely delighted to be back here for SportAccord just one year after the amazing 2018 Commonwealth Games in the great State of Queensland.
“The fact that this prestigious event is in the Gold Coast is a tribute to the ongoing successful legacy of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“SportAccord is one of the best summits on the annual calendar to connect with people and having this on Gold Coast provides a great opportunity for the Commonwealth Sports Movement to showcase how we nurture a true legacy from Games to Games.”
SportAccord Managing Director Nis Hatt said: “SportAccord warmly welcomes the Commonwealth Games Federation again as a Bronze Partner.
“This is the first time SportAccord will take place in the Oceania region, and continues the trend of ‘Firsts’ earned through the highly successful staging of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. We wish the Commonwealth Games Federation a very successful and enjoyable SportAccord 2019.”
A small delegation from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games organising team is attending SportAccord and Chief Executive Officer, Ian Reid, explained why: “We are really pleased to be able to attend SportAccord this year as not only does this event provide us with a chance to meet with all the international federations for the sports that are included on our programme for 2022 but because it is being held on the Gold Coast, we are also able to meet with representatives from the 2018 Games, to ensure that we continue to learn from their experiences and seek their advice on how to organise the best possible Games for Birmingham and the West Midlands.”
About the CGF
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games, and for delivering on the vision of the Commonwealth Sports Movement: to build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities globally by inspiring Commonwealth Athletes to drive the impact and ambition of all Commonwealth Citizens through Sport.