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.

Australia’s biggest obstacle course is coming to the Gold Coast in 2020

Australia’s biggest obstacle course is coming to the Gold Coast in 2020. Yes, for the first time in Spartan AU & NZ history, the signature three day Trifecta weekend will be held outside of Victoria, in the picturesque Numinbah Valley, bringing thousands of obstacle course racers, and their family and friends, to the Gold Coast.

Held in partnership with Major Events Gold Coast, the hinterland venue will be transformed into multiple obstacle courses, that gives participants the chance to climb, crawl, jump, and swing over, under, and through some of the best obstacles in the world, solo or in a team.

Australia’s biggest obstacle course is coming to the Gold Coast in 2020

The Spartan Gold Coast Trifecta Weekend, held from the 27-29th November 2020 will host ten race types ranging from 5KM with 20 obstacles to 50km with 60 obstacles, offering something for everyone from fitness fanatics to people looking to get out and have some fun. Kids aren’t forgotten with two courses designed for big and little kids.

For those looking for a team-building exercise with a difference, the Gold Coast event will also include two Spartan Hurricane Heat events. The Hurricane Heat is a team-building event that teaches strength, endurance, communication skills, and resilience, where getting to the finish line as a team is the only goal. The Gold Coast event will run for 4 hours and 12 hours with no set course.

Mayor Tom Tate, City of Gold Coast said:

The Spartan obstacle races are known worldwide for their toughness which is why Gold Coasters will embrace the three-day event with our have a go spirit and love of the great outdoors.  It’s great to see another event choosing the Gold Coast during these tough times, testament to the fact we are a safe destination that also ticks all the boxes needed to host major events.

Registration for all events is now open, and tickets are strictly limited, so the public is encouraged to enter early to secure their spot. To learn more, and to claim early-bird tickets before the next price rise head to the Spartan website

About Spartan

With more than 250 events across more than 40 countries on six continents, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand.  The Spartan Sprint is an entry into the world of Spartan, with the course designed so that anyone can run it. With a host of Spartan signature obstacles including; Spartan Spear Throw, Hercules Hoist, Cargo Net Container Complex and The Multi-Rig, this is 5K and 20 obstacles like it’s never been seen before. The Spartan Super is a 10km, 25 obstacle race that blends speed, endurance and technical skill. Supers are built to always keep you guessing, testing your athleticism and mental fortitude over rugged terrain.

While, the 21 km Spartan Beast is a course designed to test not only endurance, perseverance and grit, but also your mind. With more than 30 signature Spartan Obstacles, it won’t be easy, but you guarantee participants will feel like a Spartan at the finish line.

The Spartan Ultra is a 50km, 60 obstacle race built to break your limits over the world’s most difficult terrain. It’s our most intense obstacle course race, but reaching the finish line will leave you with a euphoria that will transform your life.

Chris Heverin – Managing Director of Spartan Australia & New Zealand said:

I’m thrilled to announce we’re coming to the Gold Coast for our first 2020 event back and we are bringing the 10 race Trifecta with us. Spartan has a range of options for people of all fitness levels, so anyone can have a crack at the 5K or step it up and take on the Super, Beast or Ultra! Whether you’re looking for something fun to try with your mates, are using Spartan as a training goal, I encourage all newbies and tried and true Spartan to come and join us on the Gold Coast to have a go at Spartan in 2020!