June is the month of nationals on the Gold Coast

The country’s sporting elite descend on the Gold Coast in June for a month of nationals.

One of the legacies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the city’s list of world-class venues and facilities, in June some of those venues will spring into action again hosting three premier national championships.

The Santos Wheelchair Rugby National Championship kicks off at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre on 2 June, then in the following week more than 1000 competitors will take over the venue for the Judo Australia National Championships from 9-12 June. At the same time, the 2023 Australian Open Bowls will roll back into town hosted at various clubs across the Gold Coast from 10-23 June, including at another legacy venue, Broadbeach Bowls Club.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said the Gold Coast’s reputation for hosting major events, along with our world-class venues, helps the city secure and retain these pinnacle national sporting tournaments.

“One of the wonderful legacies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the many state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venues we have here, which allow us to attract, and keep, major international and national sporting events,” said Ms McCormick.

“The Gold Coast continues to grow its reputation as a major sporting event destination with facilities to rival the world’s best, coupled with our great weather and accommodation options, that is a very attractive offering for event organisers looking for long-term homes for their annual competitions.”

Just steps from the beach, Broadbeach Bowls Club will not only play a major role in the Australian Open tournament in June, it will also play host to the 2023 World Bowls Championships secured for August and September this year. More than 45 countries are expected to participate in the championships including, for the first time, the world’s best para-athletes. This month’s Australian Open titles has attracted record registrations with around 3500 of the country’s, and indeed the world’s, best bowlers registered to compete, with the final two days broadcast live on 7Two, Fox Sports and Kayo.

The world-class Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (GCSLC) is another in-demand venue that is regularly booked out all year round with major sporting events, and this month is no exception. The 2023 Santos Wheelchair Rugby National Championship sees the country’s best in the sport compete across three days of fierce action much to the delight of spectators. The event is broadcast live on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.


From 9 June, the Judo Australia National Championships returns to the GCSLC. Major Events Gold Coast secured a three-year deal for the National Championships to be held at the venue from 2023–25. The GCSLC has been identified as a potential host venue for judo for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Acting Coast Mayor Donna Gates said she was proud to see the Gold Coast secure so many premier national and international sporting events.

“Increasingly our city and sporting venues are being chosen to host major sporting tournaments, that bring thousands of participants and spectators here, further cementing our reputation as one of Australia’s, and the globe’s, top sporting cities,” said Acting Mayor Donna Gates.

“For Gold Coasters, these events provide the chance to watch the country’s elite athletes in action right in their own backyard, whether it is judo, wheelchair rugby or lawn bowls. Don’t miss this month of nationals!”

Spectators are welcome at all national championships in June with tickets available through the individual sports’ websites. Wheelchair Rugby, Judo Australia and Bowls Australia.

Judo national championships to stay on the Gold Coast for three years

The Gold Coast has secured another major sporting championship, with Judo Australia and Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC) signing a three-year deal to keep the Judo Australia National Championships in the city until 2025.

The sport’s premier national event is held each year in June and will be hosted at the world-class Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara.

MEGC CEO Jan McCormick said keeping this national judo event in the city until at least 2025 is a major coup for the Gold Coast.

This three-year deal highlights how well-regarded our venues and facilities are by event organisers across the country and overseas, looking for long-term homes for their sporting events,” said Ms McCormick.

The Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre is a wonderful legacy venue from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and will play an important role as a host venue in the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The state-of-the-art venue hosted the 2022 Judo Australia National Championships earlier this year, and the national body jumped at the chance to keep the event there on a more long-term basis.

Judo Australia are excited for the opportunity to return to the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre for another three-years and to grow our partnership with Major Events Gold Coast,” said Judo Australia CEO Emma Taylor.

We are excited to bring our judo community together on the Gold Coast for another three years, a destination for great sport and to enjoy everything the Gold Coast has to offer. We could not think of a more fitting place to call home for the next three years than the future venue for our sport at the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Around 1000 athletes compete in the national championships vying to be the best judoka in more than 100 weight divisions and categories.

It’s equally as exciting for spectators, and tickets to the Judo Australia National Championships will be available to the public to witness the nation’s best in action.

Gold Coasters are being spoilt for choice with the national judo championships secured through a three-year deal,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. “This exciting sport appeals to all ages and adds to the ever-expanding sports and events calendar. I’m confident we will discover our future Aussie reps at the National Championships, and I applaud Judo Australia and Major Events Gold Coast for making it happen.”

The Gold Coast currently hosts around 50 mass participation sporting events a year from state and national titles to international events, with many of these held at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, including the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival, Basketball Australia’s Australian Schools Championships and the upcoming Australian Volleyball Schools Cup and Urban Sports Fest.