Taking place next year, on 12-16 September, athletes representing 46 nations will be competing at Southport Broadwater Parklands, the site of the successful Jewel ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast event, and home to the 2009 ITU World Championships.
The 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final will celebrate the diversity of the sport of triathlon with athletes competing in Elite, Under 23, Junior and Elite Paratriathlon categories as well as the U23/Jnr Mixed Team Relay, Age Group – Standard and Sprint Distance, and Open Paratriathlon events.
ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado said the Gold Coast has been a great date on ITU’s calendar for many years and “We are extremely proud that Australia will host the Grand Final next season. The city provides an unforgettable landscape for welcoming not only the elite triathletes, but also thousands of age groupers, and with the total support of the city and the great experience of the local organising committee, I am confident that it will be a really successful event,” she said.
With opening and closing ceremonies, a range of associated social events, and the natural setting of the stunning Gold Coast, the 2018 World Championships will be seen as a must do event for many athletes all over the world.
The Gold Coast event is the culmination of a four year strategy between Tourism Events Queensland (TEQ), the City of Gold Coast and IRONMAN Oceania to bring the world’s best triathletes to the Gold Coast.
IRONMAN Oceania, Managing Director Dave Beeche said the ITU World Grand Final is expected to attract more than 17,000 visitors, giving Queensland significant global exposure and providing a major boost for the profile triathlon in Australia. “The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final is the most prestigious event on the World Triathlon Series calendar, so we are very excited to welcome this event, the athletes, their families and friends to Queensland,” he said.
Beeche continued, “Australia, and especially Queensland has a strong tradition in the sport of triathlon and we look forward to working with the ITU on presenting the ‘grandest’ of all Grand Finals and welcoming the world’s best to the magnificent Gold Coast.”
Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said the triathlon world would be looking to Queensland in September next year. “Hosting thousands of athletes and spectators for this global triathlon event on the Gold Coast reinforces Queensland’s standing as the home of triathlon in Australia,” Jones said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the event would be highly anticipated, coming five months after the city hosts the Commonwealth Games. “This is a win for our local triathlon community, our local economy and proof that the Gold Coast’s reputation as a world class sports hub is thriving,” he said.
The host of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, the Dutch city of Rotterdam, will officially hand the Grand Final baton over to the City of Gold Coast at the conclusion of this year’s event on 11-17 September 2017.