Welsh supporters will get to celebrate their gold medal successes at next year's Commonwealth Games at one of the Gold Coast's newest beachside venues.
With the One Year to Go milestone (April 4, 2017) approach for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Team Wales has announced a partnership arrangement with Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club (https://www.kurrawasurf.com.au/).
The surf club, one of the most popular on the Gold Coast, is just 200m from the ocean waves and in the hub of many planned GC2018 activities - including the Festival 2018 arts and culture program which will run in conjunction to the Games sports competition.
Kurrawa's stunning new two-storey clubhouse and restaurant, which is a short walk from the GC2018 Main Media and Broadcast Centres, will become “Wales Centre” during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (April 4-15).
The modern open-plan structure with ocean views from its restaurant tables, is now under construction (adjacent to the club's existing clubhouse – which will be demolished) and is on schedule to open early in 2018.
Kurrawa SLSC club manager Rob Aldous said Team Wales and its strong supporter base were a “good fit” for Kurrawa, which for many years hosted the Australian surf lifesaving championships and has produced numerous surf champions including ironman Guy Leech, board rescue pair Matt Bevilacqua, Matt Poole, surf swim champion Ky Hurst and beach flags ace Melissa Howard.
“We are delighted that Team Wales has chosen our club as a venue for Wales Centre during the Commonwealth Games,” Rob says.
"There are many Welshmen and Australians of Welsh descent here on the Gold Coast, and I'm sure they'll all come out in support of next April.
“We expect to see a lot of excitement and celebration at the club which is something we are very accustomed to. It's a good fit.”
Team Wales General Manager Cathy Williams said it was a boost to lock in such a special venue as the Wales Centre a year out from the Gold Coast Games.
“We are very grateful to the Kurrawa club them and their members for supporting Team Wales,” Cathy says.
"This is another exciting and important step as we continue to prepare for April 2018."
Richard Vaughan Jones, from the Welsh Voices of Gold Coast, says the partnership with Kurrawa Surf Club is a boost for Team Wales and its supporters.
"There is a great deal of excitement about the Games already and a lot of support to Team Wales following their visit to a Gold Coast last year,” Richard says.
"The Kurrawa surf club an excellent venue for the Welsh Centre - I can't wait to see my fellow Wales supporters from around the world come together to support our team."
Surf clubs along the entire Gold Coast are expected to be popular places for Games-time dining and entertaining.
As well as offered free lifeguard services on their beaches (always bathe between the yellow and red flags), many of the clubs have modern bistros serving competitively meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Most clubs are licensed for alcohol service and many offer gaming and betting facilities.
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