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The Gold Coast’s summer of sport set to sizzle

Sam Cleveland | November 26, 2020

The Gold Coast summer sporting calendar heats up from December to February to host big-ticket contests from across the sporting spectrum.

And there’s a winning formula in play to make this summer our biggest sporting season in years.

Queensland served as a COVID safe haven for the 2020 AFL, NRL and Netball Australia seasons, while the virus was largely kept under control in the public sphere.

And with visiting and local sports fans champing at the bit to put their locked-down 2020 behind them, atmosphere in the grandstand will be hotter than ever!

All events are staged under Queensland Health’s COVID Safe Event plans.

Here’s We Are Gold Coast’s preview of this sporting summer’s biggest and best Gold Coast events:

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Big Bash League

Cricket’s controversial crowdpleaser is back for summer with new rules (with names like “Power Surge” and “Bash Boost”) to up the action.

The Gold Coast gets a top view of the tweaked format with several matches each week of the Christmas – New Year break at Metricon Stadium.

The Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars kick things off on Boxing Day, with games featuring the Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunder, Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat on December 29 and January 1, 3, 7 and 10.

The Big Bash website has everything you need to know.

Magic Millions

One of the liveliest events on the national horseracing calendar, the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions is back in 2021 with an expanded format.

For the track insiders, there’s seven days of horse sales, leading up to the glitzy Magic Millions Raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club on January 16.

Centrepiece of raceday is the $2 million Magic Millions Classic, a 2YO race with entry limited to horses bought at Magic Millions auctions in the previous two years.

Check out the Magic Millions website for details.

AFLW Gold Coast Suns home games

Catch all the AFLW action at Metricon Stadium when the the Gold Coast Suns’ play at home in January and February.

The Suns joined the AFL’s fast-growing women’s comp in 2020, where they fought through to a harsh semi-finals loss to an undefeated Fremantle.

“We won’t be dissimilar to last year,” coach David Lake told of his side’s 2021 prospects, “we’ll just be better at everything we do.”

Check out the AFLW website for all the details.

IronMan/IronWoman Series

The pointy end of the grueling IronMan/IronWoman Series comes to the Gold Coast on February 13 and 14.

Rounds 5 and 6 of the six-round comp will play out on Kurrawa Beach, with Australia’s fittest athletes racing on sand and surf for their share of the $200,000 purse.

All you need to know is at the Iron Series site.

Sail Paradise Regatta

The Sail Paradise Regatta is the most spectacular event on the Southport Yacht Club’s calendar, four days of magnificent ocean racing along our iconic coastline.

The action runs January 4–7, with racing from Southport to as far south as Broadbeach or even Burleigh, depending on wind and tide. The spectacle’s easily visible from the beach.

The upcoming regatta also celebrates the Southport Yacht Club’s 75th anniversary, with a pumped-up calendar of onshore events and a sail-past of more than 50 boats on January 4.

Head to Sail Paradise for more info.

The GC50 Run Festival

This new Coolangatta foot race is off to a flying start, with entries to its December 6 staging sold out in all events – the 50km, 30km, 15km and relay races.

Entries for the 5km run and Kids Dash are open though, so the chance to lace up your runners remains!

The GC50, now in its 24th year, moved from Broadbeach to Coolangatta for 2020.

Registration and waitlists for the booked-out races are here.

NBL: Brisbane Bullets pre-season clash with Melbourne Phoenix 

Queensland fans will get their first glimpse of the new look Brisbane Bullets when they play two preseason games against the South East Melbourne Phoenix on the Gold Coast in December. The Bullets will play Phoenix at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre on Friday December 18 at 7:00pm AEST and on Sunday December 20 at 12:00pm AEST.

Brisbane Bullets guard Jason Cadee said: “Playing these two games on the Gold Coast will be good for our preparations towards the new season. The Gold Coast community welcomed us with open arms when we had a two-day minicamp there in October and we are thrilled to be able to bring live NBL basketball back to the city again.”

Head to the Brisbane Bullets website for more information.

Baseball: The Brisbane Bandits are hitting the Gold Coast

The four-time Australian Baseball League champions, The Brisbane Bandits, are coming to the Gold Coast to run an elite sporting camp and two exhibition games from 18 – 20 December.

Brisbane Bandits Principal Owner Mark Ready said “The Gold Coast is a very important part of Queensland’s baseball tapestry.”

A workshop for youth baseball players will be held at Coomera on Friday 18th December, followed by exhibition games at The Mudgeeraba Redsox Baseball Club on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December 2020.

Unfortunately these events have since been cancelled due to weather. For more information visit The Brisbane Bandits website.

A-League Pre-Season Soccer: Brisbane Roar vs Western United

The Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre will host Brisbane Roar’s final A-League pre-season game against rivals Western United FC on Sunday 20th December from 4pm AEST.

The Roar, who have been hosting their pre-season training on the Gold Coast, will ramp up their season preparations with its final pre-season match just over a week out from their opening Fixture on December 29th.

Entry is free and fans will have the opportunity to meet their A-League stars, take photos and get autographs. For all the details visit the Brisbane Roar Facebook page.

Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Get this — the Gold Coast is about to host the largest school-based sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere!

The Australian Volleyball Schools Cup (AVSC) steps into the sunlight December 6–12 after more than 30 successful years in Melbourne.

The comp attracts more than 500 teams from 150 schools all over the country, with the Gold Coast hosting games at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Gold Coast Sport & Leisure Centre at Carrara and the Runaway Bay Indoor Stadium.

More details at the AVSC website.


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