Deep dive for pool spon­sor

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW POTTS an­

GOLD Coast coun­cil­lors are hop­ing to lure one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest com­pa­nies to put its name on one of the city’s big­gest sport­ing venues.

The Gold Coast Aquatic Cen­tre, which has been one of the main venues for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games, is at the heart of a push to bring in ex­tra in­come for the city and boost its pres­tige.

The coun­cil has called for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for a nam­ing rights spon­sor for the aquatic cen­tre af­ter the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Teleco gi­ant Op­tus was se­cured as the tem­po­rary nam­ing rights holder for the Games.

The Bul­letin un­der­stands the com­pany wants to con­tinue its re­la­tion­ship with the cen­tre in the fu­ture.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Dale Dickson said the push could de­liver ben­e­fits for the city.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity to lever­age the Games and we see an op­por­tu­nity for the ben­e­fit of ratepay­ers,” he said. “Sim­i­lar out­comes flowed from the Glas­gow Games ex­pe­ri­ence.”

If suc­cess­ful, the aquatic cen­tre would be­come the city’s third ma­jor sport­ing venue to have a nam­ing rights spon­sor, af­ter Car­rara’s Met­ri­con Sta­dium and Robina’s Cbus Su­per Sta­dium.

Coun­cil­lors say a nam­ing rights spon­sor would cre­ate a new stream of rev­enue for the city and would help fund up­keep of the $41 mil­lion cen­tre.

South­port coun­cil­lor Dawn Crichlow said se­cur­ing a spon­sor would add an­other feather to the city’s cap.

“Se­cur­ing this would help get the Gold Coast more events and you can imag­ine it would be worth a lot of money,” she said.

“We are go­ing for more and more events, even the Pan Pa­cific Games and do­ing this will im­prove our chances of se­cur­ing those.”

James Heatly and Lu­cas Thom­son of Scot­land train ahead of the men’s syn­chro­nised 10m plat­form div­ing fi­nal at the Aquatic Cen­tre.

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