Hot on the heels of the huge success of the Commonwealth Games last year, Gold Coasters will have the opportunity to experience more elite swimming than ever, with the announcement of the 2019 Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (GCAC) event schedule.
Over the next 12 months, fans will see stars of swimming and diving live in our city, following successful bids coming from teams interstate and around the world. With the British swim team currently training at GCAC, fans have been quick to spot Olympic champ and current world-record holder Adam Peaty in peak form.
Not only is it the home of elite swimming, diving and training, GCAC is now expanding its offering with recreational events open to locals and visitors.
Coming up is the hotly anticipated Australia Day Pool Party. GCAC is bound to be the coolest place to be on Saturday 26 January. Open all day, with free group fitness classes (8am and 10am) and fun family activities between 11am and 2pm, enjoy thong throwing, dive bomb competitions, novelty races, awesome Aussie music, giant inflatables, sausage sizzle, competitions, giveaways and much more!
2019 competition highlights
Swimming Gold Coast Summer Championships (8 to 9 March)
Watch the best local swimmers from our region battle it out in the Summer Championships.
Australian Freediving Nationals (29 to 31 March)
Find out who will claim victory in what is sure to be a breathtaking competition.
UniSport Games National Water Polo (8 to 11 July)
Expect spirited competition and a great atmosphere as these awesome athletes contest the National Champion team title.
National Pool Rescue Championships (9 to 11 August)
This key qualifying event in the lifesaving calendar tests Australia’s most skilled swimmers and highlights their rescue readiness ahead of the summer beach season. Elite lifesavers then progress from the National Pool Rescue Championships to qualify in the national lifesaving teams.
FINA Grand Prix Diving (8 to 11 November)
Each year, the FINA Diving Grand Prix invites the world’s elite divers to compete during the February-November period in a circuit of nine four-day meets in a program that includes women’s and men’s three metre springboard, 10 metre platform, three metre springboard synchro and 10 metre platform synchro.
This is the fourth consecutive year the prestigious competition has been held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
Lifesaving World Championships
And while it’s not on until 2024, the Lifesaving World Championships is too exciting not to mention. Expected to attract more than 5,000 competitors from approximately 50 countries, the last time the championships were held in Queensland was back in 1988!
With more than 12,000 spectators and supporters anticipated to converge on the Gold Coast across the duration of the event, its economic impact to the city is estimated to exceed $15 million.
World Championship events include pool rescue, surf boats, inflatable rescue boats, surf ski, board, surf swims, team events, beach sprints and flags, and the ironman/woman.
The next generation of swim stars
Young local swimmers and divers are also well catered for at GCAC with six pools (heated to a minimum of 27 degrees Celsius all year round) including a 50 metre, 10 lane competition pool, and an impressive dry land dive training facility.
A number of programs are available including recreational swimming, learn to swim classes and competitive squads or link up with the local diving and synchronised swimming clubs also based at the centre.
Not just for athletes, our world-class fitness centre is also open to locals and visitors, with group exercise classes every week in a fun atmosphere supported by friendly staff. There are plenty of classes to choose from including aqua aerobics, deep water running, adult swim squad and much more.
For more information visit City of Gold Coast.