World’s sporting leaders in Queensland
A momentous week for Queensland comes to a close today with the final day of the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit being held on the Gold Coast. Secured as part of the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), the event brought over 1500 delegates from 100 countries and 500 sports federations to Queensland to secure new events and cement the state’s reputation as a world-class event destination.
The 17th annual SportAccord marks the first time the event has been held in Australia with delegates soaking up the sunshine and experiencing first-hand what to expect when hosting an event in Queensland.
This year’s theme, ‘The Future of Big Data and Analytics’, was discussed amongst sporting leaders including International Olympic Committee President, Dr Thomas Bach, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon and five-time Olympian Natalie Cook OAM OLY.
The event will play a key role as a global connector of international events to be hosted in Queensland in the short and longer term, with representatives from sporting organisations including world swimming’s governing body FINA, football’s FIFA, cricket’s ICC and World Rugby among some of the big names in attendance.