Gold Coast Titans All Schools was officially launched at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday 14 August with an open girls touch football exhibition game played between Keebra Park State High School and Palm Beach Currumbin State High School. The game which was the curtain raiser to a Titans – Sea Eagles NRL match, was played at a fast pace with a lot of skill and was a fantastic demonstration of the sport.
GCTAS Tournament Director Peter Bell addressed the large spectator crowd, outlining the growth of the annual carnival, from the original 1983 tournament contested between 18 schools and a couple of hundred players.
He explained how the event developed over the past 40 years, including the dilemma of the tournament outgrowing its Brisbane site with ever-increasing nominations, and so other options were assessed.
Major Events Gold Coast were instrumental in facilitating the event’s relocation to Runaway Bay, and worked with the GCTAS team to maximise the experience of all participants during their time in the region. Representing MEGC at the launch was their Director Corporate and Partnerships, Avril Harris who suggested the Gold Coast really was the perfect solution for the tournament.
“The Gold Coast is internationally recognised as a major global and national events destination and offers immense opportunities and resources for organisers and participants of a range of activities, from music, arts and food, through to all codes of sports.” Avril stated.
So, when the opportunity to host the world’s largest touch football carnival arose, we were extremely keen to assist.”
In October 2022, the 40th anniversary of the event, over 6,200 young men and women supported by hundreds of referees, coaches, and other officials, will play over 1,750 games across the five days.
“I can’t think of any other city or region in Queensland that could cater to a carnival of this size and duration. We have access to 30 fields at the Gold Coast Performance Centre with ample parking and easy access, and a host of accommodation and dining options to suit the needs and budgets of our thousands of participants.” Peter said.
Plus, who hasn’t heard of the Gold Coast? The popularity and appeal of the region and all it offers makes it much easier for us to market the carnival across Australia and Internationally.”