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Club and Community | 30 September 2022

Gold Coast to host Australian Championships

Swimming Australia is pleased to announce the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre as the host venue for the 2023 Australian Age and Open Championships.

The largest annual event on the Swimming Australia calendar, the Australian Championships will attract thousands of athletes and spectators to one of the country’s premier swimming venues from April 7-20.

The 14-day meet will bring together some of Australia’s most elite Olympic and Paralympic athletes, alongside the next generation of stars, in a completely integrated program for multi-class and able bodied swimmers.

Swimming Australia CEO, Eugénie Buckley, said it was exciting to have the event amalgamated once again.

“The Australian Championships are a wonderful celebration of our sport at all levels and it’s fantastic to see it delivered as a fully integrated event once again following the challenges of these past few years,” Buckley said.

“To see our leading Olympic and Paralympic stars alongside that next wave of talent is not only an illustration of the incredible depth in Australian swimming, but also the enduring passion for our sport across the country.”

“We are very fortunate to host an event of this scale at a world leading high performance hub like the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which will provide a fitting stage for what will undoubtedly be an outstanding fortnight of performances.”

Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the 2023 Australian Age and Open Championships were supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.

“I’m excited about securing the biggest annual event on Australian swimming’s calendar for the Gold Coast in 2023,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“More high-performance sport is looking to Queensland to maximise the opportunities of our green and gold runway to the 2032 Games and beyond.

“The Queensland Government is committed to attracting more elite events like the 2023 Australian Championships to deliver an early 2032 Games legacy.

“Swimming’s 2023 Age and Open Championships will bring more than 5,000 competitors and spectators to the Gold Coast and invest $5.26 million in the visitor economy.

“Upgraded for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a terrific example of infrastructure legacy supporting jobs, the visitor economy and Queensland’s great lifestyle.” 

The event will also be delivered in conjunction with Major Events Gold Coast, continuing the fantastic relationship between Swimming Australia and the City of Gold Coast.

“It’s a huge coup to have another national championship at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre as it underscores the legacy benefits of hosting the games almost five years ago,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“I’m thrilled to see the 2023 program will integrate able-bodied and para-athletes. In 2018, we set the benchmark for this format through our GC2018 Commonwealth Games program, and the tradition continues.’’

Information including the Qualifying Times, Program of Events and Destination Information can be found on the event pages that are now live