Gold Coast flexes sporting credentials with three year conference deal

The Gold Coast will host the Sports Tech World Series for the next three years after poaching it from Victoria.

“Events like this are vital when it comes to supporting local businesses to rebuild,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“We’ll continue to work hard to secure events that further our economic recovery strategy here in Queensland.”

Tourism and Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Queensland “is the place to be for sport”.

“The Australian Sports Tech Conference is where sport industry professionals, investors and start-ups learn about new products, innovation and what’s working in the fast-moving world of sporting technology,” he said.

“It’s no secret science and technology are increasingly important in elite sport.”

The biggest sport technology and innovation conference in the southern hemisphere, the conference is expected to attract 2,000 delegates to see and discuss the innovations and trends driving the future of sport around the world.

“Sports Tech is another opportunity to showcase our world-class sporting infrastructure and tourism experiences as ‘targeted dialogue’ continues with the international Olympic Committee about a possible 2032 Queensland Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon.

The conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 3 and will be part of the first-ever ‘Australia Sports Innovation Week’ which runs the week before.

Head of APAC for Sports Tech World Series Marc Roufeil said this was the perfect time to move the event to Queensland as the state continues its rise as a global sports destination.

“Not only is Queensland hosting some of the world’s biggest sporting events, but it’s also home to a growing sports business and sports innovation ecosystem with exciting young start-ups and global sports leaders like Vald Performance calling Queensland home,” he said.

“We see this as a great opportunity to partner with the Queensland Government and continue to build on the momentum that they have already created by building a true destination event that is a must attend for anyone working across sports technology and innovation.”