GAMES SHAPERS TRAIN­ING HARD TO MAKE MARK

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - MARK PETERS ed­i­to­rial@gold­coast.com.au

WOW! is the only way to de­scribe last week­end’s GC2018 Work­force Ori­en­ta­tion Week­end at the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre – the of­fi­cial start of the work­force and vol­un­teer train­ing jour­ney and the largest pre-Games event that will be staged by GOLDOC.

It was two days of high­en­ergy ex­cite­ment as the peo­ple that will de­liver Aus­tralia’s largest event in a decade – our Games Shapers – came to­gether ex­actly six years since that amaz­ing day when our city won the bid to host GC2018.

One of the most vis­ual el­e­ments of the Games, the Hard Yakka-de­signed and pro­duced work­force uni­form, was also un­veiled to rous­ing re­views from ev­ery­one in at­ten­dance.

Ev­ery­one loves it and I know it will be worn with pride. The ath­letes of the world are in train­ing to de­liver a great Games and it is no dif­fer­ent for our work­force under the ex­pert guid­ance of the GC2018 Of­fi­cial Train­ing Part­ner, TAFE Queens­land.

Our Games Shapers will be the heart and soul of GC2018 as they work across 24 Games lo­ca­tions on the Gold Coast and in the event cities of Bris­bane, Cairns and Townsville.

In­di­vid­u­ally and as one they will make a mas­sive com­mit­ment to the suc­cess of the Games and we sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate the time and energy they will put in to en­sure the ath­letes, spec­ta­tors, me­dia and ev­ery­one else have un­for­get­table Games ex­pe­ri­ences.

Don’t for­get that GC2018 tick­ets go back on sale at mid­day (AEST) this com­ing Mon­day on a firstin, first-served ba­sis af­ter tick­ets re­turned from Com­mon­wealth Games As­so­ci­a­tions and other part­ners are put back in to the mix.

IN­DI­VID­U­ALLY AND AS ONE THEY WILL MAKE A MAS­SIVE COM­MIT­MENT TO THE SUC­CESS OF THE GAMES

If you missed out on the tick­ets you were af­ter dur­ing the ticket re­quest phase, get poised over your key­board at lunchtime on Mon­day. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of great tick­ets will be avail­able.

I must also say how proud I was to see Gold Run 2018 launched last week. It will be the first 5km com­mu­nity fun run ever held dur­ing a Com­mon­wealth Games, al­low­ing 6600 peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence a sec­tion of the GC2018 Marathon course at the same time the marathon run­ners are com­pet­ing for gold.

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