2011 Coolangatta Gold: Entries on the rise in quest for Gold glory
Tue, 06/09/2011 - 23:55
The leading contenders for the 2011 Coolangatta Gold are getting their last minute training in as the countdown begins for the 11th staging of the iconic endurance race on Sunday, September 25.
Starting and finishing at Kurrawa Beach, Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is proud to partner with the State Government, through Events Queensland, to stage the event on the Gold Coast for another year.
SLSA’s General Manager of Sport Dave Thompson said this year’s race has attracted entries from all over Australia with 200 individuals and 96 teams signed up to participate in what is considered a ‘must-do’ event on the national endurance sport calendar.
“This year we will see more than 530 participants compete in the Coolangatta Gold, proving that the popularity of this event grows each year,” Mr Thompson said.
And it’s our Ironwomen leading the charge with a record 50 women lining up for this year’s event, a 50 per cent increase in female entry numbers since the women’s category was introduced in 2005.
“Female participation in surf lifesaving has been an ongoing area of growth for us over the past decade, so it’s no surprise women are lining up to show what they’ve got for the Coolangatta Gold,”
Five new categories have been added this year to cater for the growth in participation including individual categories, under-19 female, Masters Men 50+ and Masters Women 40+, as well as two extra team categories for Open Mixed Teams and under-19 Mixed Teams.
Member for Broadwater and Parliamentary Secretary for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Bid Peta-Kaye Croft MP joined endurance athletes, Caine Eckstein, Cory Hill, Hayley Bateup, Elizabeth Pluimers and Courtney Hancock at Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club today for the 2011 countdown event.
“The State Government, through Events Queensland, is proud to support the Coolangatta Gold as we welcome this iconic event back to Kurrawa Beach in September,” Ms Croft said.
“Events like this are a great source of pride for the Gold Coast community and with 25,000 spectators expected to attend in 2011, the Coolangatta Gold is a great way to showcase the great venues we have on offer.”
Endurance athletes from across the nation can now mark their calendar with Minister Croft announcing the much anticipated dates for the Coolangatta Gold in 2012.
“It is with great pleasure I announce the Coolangatta Gold will be on again next year with the Gold Coast welcoming participants and spectators for the event on Sunday 14 October,” Ms Croft said.
“Events like this are great for the tourism industry, providing a boost to the local economy and local businesses.
“With the continued effort to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, this is just another great example that the Gold Coast has what it takes to deliver world-class events,” Ms Croft said.
2012 will be the 12th staging of the iconic event, first run in 1984 and the eighth consecutive event since Surf Life Saving included it as an annual fixture in 2005.