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‘Gold’ Coast luck for Boomers
Australian Men's Basketball Team
Following a week-long training camp on the Gold Coast the Boomers today celebrated with local up and coming ‘young guns’ prior to heading to London in the quest for Olympic Gold.
The celebration marked the 10th anniversary of the Australian men’s basketball team’s first official training camp on the Gold Coast as part of Council’s Business Gold Coast High Performance Sports Attraction Program.
Basketball Australia High Performance General manage Steven Icke said the Boomers enjoyed the Gold Coast training camps.
“The Gold Coast has great weather and world class facilities that help our athletes prepare for international competition. We have been very happy with the Gold coast as our base camp and appreciative of the strong support provided by Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government,” said Mr Icke.
“Our players always look forward to our Gold Coast camps and they are a popular feature on our annual calendar.”
Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee Chair, Councillor Jan Grew, said the Boomers had been a welcome addition at Gold Coast venues for the past decade.
“As part of the program Council works with sporting teams to assist in planning training camps. We also help to find suitable venue on the Gold Coast – of which we have many,” said Councillor Grew.
“This program is a business sports-based initiative to attract high calibre teams to train in our great city in the lead up to major events – such as the Olympics. Our aim is to provide visiting teams with the world class facilities in the best city, climate and lifestyle prior to competition. In 2011 almost $400,000 was generated into our economy as a result of visiting teams through Council’s Business Gold Coast High Performance Sports Attraction Program.
“Teams that have held training camps on the Gold Coast last year as part of this program have included the Wallabies, the USA swim team, Scotland’s Rugby World Cup team and the Matildas. Having teams of this calibre training here reinforces our profile as a world-class sports destination in the lead up to our city hosing the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“I am pleased we have a group of young basketball players from local youth development squads here to help us wish the Boomers a special ‘Gold’ Coast luck at the London Olympics.”
Through Business Gold Coast, Council helps to shape, support and promote business growth through work with government and industry. For more information visit businessgoldcoast.com.au.
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