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Smashing summer of sports set to ignite the Gold Coast

Emily Toxward | November 2019

The Gold Coast is set to host a cracking summer season of sports, from the exhilaration of Big Bash cricket to the athleticism of the NRL All Stars. There’ll be clashes of epic proportions at the beach and on the green.

With its world-class venues and stadiums, the city continues to be one of Australia’s most sought after sports destinations.

Australian Volleyball School Cup – Coomera, Carrara and Runaway Bay – 7 – 14 December

2019 is the first year the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup will be played on the Gold Coast. Volleyball Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast are joining forces to enhance and grow this major event. Attracting more than 5000 students from at least 500 secondary schools across Australia, the event will deliver a range of exciting new facilities, technology enhancements and contemporary educational opportunities unique to the region.

As one of the largest school-based sporting events in Australia, the school cup is one of the most popular events in Volleyball Australia’s national portfolio. It’s being held at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre in Carrara and the Runaway Bay Indoor Sports Stadium.

The GC50 Run Festival – Gold Coast beachfront footpaths and roads – 8 December

This annual event has been held since 1997 and offers a range of distances to suit all fitness abilities and backgrounds. The 50, 30, 15-kilometre events that make up the Gold Coast 50 Run Festival use the footpaths and roads adjacent to the Gold Coast beachfront, home of the world’s most attractive beaches.

This year the 5km event will take place on the beach, along with the inaugural kids’ events including a 1km and 2.5km beach run, with seven being the minimum age for the 2.5km beach run. Running from Kurrawa to Coolangatta and return, the course provides athletes with spectacular views, regular water stops and aid stations.

Australian PGA Championship – RACV Royal Pines Resort – 19-22 December

Since moving to the Gold Coast in 2013, the Australian PGA Championship has established itself as a festival of golf with a celebratory atmosphere. A revision in scheduling will see the tournament close out the Australian summer of golf the week after the President’s Cup. Featuring Masters Champion’s Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott in the past, the PGA will feature a stellar list of Australian and international players who will compete for the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

The tournament hosts an array of entertainment on and off the course with fans celebrating in the sun with great food, music and entertainment. Going to a new level this year, additional festive activations will be added to the entertainment and corporate hospitality line-up in 2019. Children 16 and under are free with a paying adult.

KFC Big Bash League – Metricon Stadium – 20, 27 December and 1 January 2020

Metricon will host three action-packed games as part of the Big Bash League this summer with Brisbane Heat playing the Melbourne Stars on December 20, the Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers facing off on December 27 and on New Year’s Day it’s Brisbane Heat versus Perth Scorchers. The matches include some of the best players in the world, such as Chris Lynn, Ben Cutting and Max Bryant of the Brisbane Heat, and Marcus Stoinis, Dale Steyn and Glen Maxwell of the Stars.

Delivering three hours of nonstop entertainment, the KFC Big Bash League is a fast-paced and entertainment filled version of cricket. The sport itself in the middle is electricwith big hitting sixes, wickets and incredible catches, but it’s what happens around the oval that makes it unique. There’s fireworks, music, dancers, performances and other surprises revealed during each game.

2020 Bartercard Sail Paradise – Ocean waters off Gold Coast beaches – 2-5 January

The Southport Yacht Club spectacular high summer offshore sailing regatta, Bartercard Sail Paradise, offers four days of racing. Sail Paradise is fast becoming one of the Australia’s premier east coast yachting events and is sailed on courses set just off the surf-line of the Gold Coast’s magnificent beaches.

Supported by Australian Sail, the concept has been based on a plan to provide the highest level of competitive and satisfying summer sailing for crews of a wide range of yachts – from Grand Prix to Cruising. It’s also gives sailors, their families and friends the chance to enjoy the Gold Coast.

Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo – Doug Jennings Park, Main Beach – 5 January

Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo is kicking off the 2020 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival.. Members of the Royal family are often in attendance as polo players and celebrities take to the field, while guests socialise in a selection of hospitality areas. Three games of polo are held and back by popular demand is the international Argentinian polo superstar and Ralph Lauren model, Nacho Figueras. There’s a Fashions on the Field event, DJ, live music, a divot stomp and big screen entertainment.

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival – Gold Coast Turf Club – 11 January

One of the most internationally-renowned Queensland sporting events, The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions includes the $2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas exclusively for Magic Millions graduates. Nine heart-stopping races are held at the picturesque Gold Coast Turf Club and the Magic Millions Racing Women’s $500,000 bonus and Fashions on the Field have helped cement the carnival as the must-attend event for racing’s elite, punters, and fashionistas alike.

2020 Gold Coast Open – Burleigh Heads – 5-9 February

The five-day Gold Coast Open Surf Festival sees some of the world’s best surfers from all corners of the globe battle it out against the local talent for valuable Qualifying Series points. The man-on-man heats surf competition is fast becoming the Gold Coasts most iconic event.

Founded in 2010, the event was sanctioned by the World Surf League as the biggest QS1000 for 2018 and the biggest QS1500 for 2019. This year will again host an open Men’s and Women’s surf division as well as other attractions including live bands, skate pipe shows and jams, skateboarding clinics, movies nights and sunrise yoga sessions.

2020 NRL Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars – Cbus Super Stadium Robina – 22 February

In what will be a modern tribal showcase of First Nations players proudly representing their cultures, the Australian Indigenous All-Stars are set to take on the New Zealand Maori Kiwis. Indigenous and Maori male and female teams will face off for the second year running in what’s likely to be a marriage of cultures, history and community on the field for one night only.

The event is returning to the Gold Coast a decade after the inaugural match was played at the now Cbus Super Stadium. The women’s Indigenous and Maori teams will play in the opening match of the double-header, followed by the men’s match. Tickets go on sale 3 December.

We Are Gold Coast has you sorted this summer with a host of music festivals, live gigs, epic sporting clashes and more! Check out our below guides for all your Summer entertainment.

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