Why Sin club is so pop­u­lar

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - RYAN KEEN

THE boss of Sin City night­club – a Com­mon­wealth Games hotspot de­spite sev­eral as­sault dra­mas this week – says he’s not sur­prised at the venue’s pop­u­lar­ity with ath­letes.

De­spite claims Aus­tralian team of­fi­cials had warned its ath­letes to steer clear of the Surfers Par­adise night­club, a large con­tin­gent of the cham­pion na­tional swim team par­tied there into the wee hours yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The bulk of the English swim team joined them in a VIP area but many Aus­tralian swim stars – in­clud­ing Games golden girl Bronte Camp­bell, James Mag­nussen and Emma McKeon – were min­gling in the heav­ing pub­lic dance floors. Sprint star Usain Bolt also re­turned for his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive night in a back bar VIP booth, with bot­tle ser­vice from wait­resses in lin­gerie.

Sin City gen­eral man­ager Tim Martin said the only thing he was sur­prised about was how long it took for the swim­mers to start turn­ing up.

“We are one of the only clubs that trades seven nights a week.

“It is known if you come to the Gold Coast we are the place to go. We’ve had a lot of big names come in.

“We’re al­ways in the me­dia – not al­ways for the right rea­sons ad­mit­tedly – but we are right in the mid­dle of town, we have a prod­uct that is great.

“We want peo­ple to come and have a good time, we don’t want peo­ple who are stuck up.”

Mr Martin said the two al­leged as­sault in­ci­dents – which sep­a­rately in­volved cur­rent and for­mer Games ath­letes clash­ing with ei­ther se­cu­rity or other pa­trons – were not re­flec­tive of gen­er­ally how good be­hav­iour had been over­all.

“When you look at yhow many thou­sands have been com­ing through the doors it is pretty good.”

In yes­ter­day’s Bul­letin, Games Min­is­ter Kate Jones urged ath­letes to make the most of the Glit­ter Strip’s hos­pi­tal­ity scene.

“Ev­ery­one has been wait­ing for their Games events to fin­ish to en­joy this great city and the hos­pi­tal­ity it is know for and I en­cour­age them to get out among it,” she said.

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