- Monday 27 August 2018
Winners train here – is the message that Sunshine Coast Council is sending to sporting teams and federations across Australia, with an open invite for teams to host their pre-training camps in the region.
The Sunshine Coast’s ideal weather conditions and excellent sport and training facilities are continuing to put teams and individuals on the path to winning premiership titles and medals.
The list of sports training success keeps stacking up.
Just ask the Sunshine Coast’s own Lightning, who have been declared the most successful start-up club in Australian sporting history after winning back-to-back Suncorp Super Netball titles in their first two years.
The region is home to the Australian Cycling Academy and the Sunshine Coast’s only international sporting team Ride Sunshine Coast. In their first 8 months, the team have clocked up an impressive series of national and international road and track wins, with three of their riders winning Gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Earlier this year, one in five athletes who trained on the Sunshine Coast also won medals at the Commonwealth Games.
Meanwhile, the Richmond Tigers have clinched the AFL minor premiership for 2018 after returning to the Sunshine Coast for their pre-season camp, repeating the formula that saw them memorably win last year’s grand final.
The Melbourne Demons, who trained here pre-season, have also earned their first AFL finals appearance in 12 years.
And the NZ Warriors have qualified for the NRL finals for the first time in seven years after coming to the Coast in February.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was fantastic to see the teams and competitors who chose our region for their pre-season training camps come away with so much success.
“All of the visiting athletes and teams who’ve trained on the Sunshine Coast have definitely benefitted from our excellent sporting facilities, ideal weather conditions and an all-round great environment for players to build up their fitness levels and teamwork,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“We receive great feedback from them while they’re here and we enjoy watching their progress throughout the year.
“With world-class training venues at Maroochydore, the Sunshine Coast Stadium and the only Australian Institute of Sport accredited facility at the University of the Sunshine Coast, our region is fast being recognised as one of Australia’s premier sports training destinations.
“This year, our region has also welcomed more than 500 athletes and officials, including the Australian Diamonds netball team, Team Scotland, New Zealand Rugby Sevens, and Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens.
“We are delighted we can continue to roll out the welcome mat for a range of national and international sporting teams and being one of the key ingredients in their recipe for success.”
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Cr Jason O’Pray said the Sunshine Coast offered a great range of high-calibre training facilities for a wide range of sports.
“The training facilities we have in this region cater for more than 32 sports disciplines,” Cr O’Pray said.
“We’ve been working hard to build strong relationships with a number of sporting clubs over the past few years and we’re pleased to see these teams achieve sporting success.
“The economic and social benefits these pre-season camps bring our community are enormous, with the industry contributing more than $440 million in economic activity each year.
“Sport is an important part of our lifestyle, and it goes to show our sunshine and facilities really are second to none.
“Sunshine Coast Council is now actively recruiting for 2019 champions, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning next year’s national title, we recommend you book your pre-season training camp early, before your competitors do.”