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Yeah, it looks somewhat asian-ish but overall I think it's very cute. Also maybe a bit of a shoot-out to the Brisbane koala mascot of their old olympic bid?

Also, on personal taste, i think its better than that walking weed (sorry, scots, but the 2014 mascot wasn't my taste), that generic tiger from Delhi and...whatever was that bird of Melbourne. In fact the last CWG mascot I liked was the Manchester one which was cute and vibrant. This one is near to it.

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Does seem to have a bit of Stitch's physical looks. Nonetheless, I love Borobi! (Who's the narrator for the Borobi's introduction? Sounds to me like he's a respected sportscaster enjoying this)

Karl Stefanovic on Nine's Today couldn't contain his laughter over Borobi's helicopter to the beach arrival

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We of course do critique and pick apart the mascots and logos and praise them here, even humourously and sadistically. I could say Borobi is the product of a drunken sexual encounter between a koala and a blue Pokemon one night. But Borobi's aesthetics, like with many mascots at any sports events and teams anywhere, are always aimed at kids like those 13 and under to feel connected to the bigger sports entity.

About the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium: with its much-needed refurbrishing, do any of you Aussies think it could be used to lure the National Basketball League back to the Gold Coast for the third time (if you follow the NBL down there after the Cougars/Rollers, and the Blaze) after the Commonwealth Games are through? Can't be any worse than what it previously looked like when the Cougars and Rollers called home back in the 1990s.

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Don't know whether to take this with a pitch of salt or not...

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman Nigel Chamier says economic boost to double

GOLD Coast Commonwealth Games preparations are driving an estimated $4 billion-plus economic development boost thanks to fast-tracked major infrastructure.

Games Corporation chairman Nigel Chamier revealed the figure yesterday, saying the city’s economic development gain was likely to be more than double an original estimate.

“When we set out I believed we would have $2 billion worth of economic development, 30,000 jobs, 45,000 contractors and 15,000 volunteers.

“It has become very apparent that economic development will become more like $4-$5 billion,” Mr Chamier told delegates at major aviation conference, the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly at Broadbeach’s Gold Coast Convention Centre.

“What a great boost that is for this city.”

Speaking later to the Bulletin, Mr Chamier said a study underway on the Games economic impact was suggesting it was going to be much higher — “maybe double, maybe more”.

Major public and private projects brought forward because of the Games were behind the estimate soaring.

He said that included light rail connecting Southport to the heavy rail system at Helensvale prior to the Games.

“I’m very grateful to the Gold Coast Bulletin for driving a campaign to force it to happen earlier. Clearly it is of great benefit. We never banked on it from the point of view of (Games) transport and planning — we couldn’t because there was no commitment to do it but now of course it is going to make life much easier.”

Other projects boosting economic development benefit included the Star Entertainment Group’s new $800m tower and Jupiters site development at Broadbeach, Pacific Fair’s $670m upgrade and airport floor space doubling.

“There is no doubt the Games have created a lot of excitement and acted as a catalyst for a lot of things to happen — and to happen earlier.”

About $320m was being spent on new Games venues which he said were on budget and on track to be finished by the end of the calendar year.

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Gold Coast 2018 appoint former Queensland Premier as new chairman after Chamier resignation

Gold Coast 2018 has appointed a new chairman with former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie being appointed to replace Nigel Chamier to oversee preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

Beattie's appointment was announced today at an event in Coolangatta to announce the venue for the beach volleyball attended by current Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe.

Palaszczuk claimed that that Chamier, appointed by the previous Liberal National Party (LNP) Government, had resigned.

Palaszczuk, who represents Labor, was elected Premier in February 2015.

She denied that the appointment of 63-year-old Beattie, the Queensland Premier between 1998 and 2007, was just a political appointment and that she believed he could help promote the Games to leading businesses in Australia.

"People have often commented in the past that Peter Beattie could sell ice to eskimos but I need him to sell the Commonwealth Games to corporate Australia," Palaszczuk said.

"He was the person who secured the Goodwill Games for us many years ago and I believe his experience and his attention to detail is exactly what is needed.

"His drive and enthusiasm is second to none and I am quite sure that he will be charming corporate Australia."

Beattie is expected to be paid AUD$50,000 (£25,000/$37,000/€32,000) a year for the position.

"Whether people love me or hate me, I absolutely love this State and I want the best for it," Beattie said.

"And that's why these Games which are...the biggest event in Australia this decade, is an opportunity which will not be missed.

"I look forward to working with the board, the Government and of course the council to deliver the best Games ever.

"All you've got to do is look around, this is paradise, this is paradise on earth, as close as you can possibly get," he said.

"This is a jewel and all you have to do is just show people this, we have to show this to the world.

"The real challenge is that when 2018 is gone, people keep coming, keep coming and keep coming."

Beattie is the third chairman since Gold Coast 2018 were awarded the Games in 2011.

Chamier, a businessman from Brisbane, had been appointed in May 2012 to replace former swimmer Mark Stockwell, who had overseen the successful campaign by Gold Coast 2018, who were awarded the Games ahead of its only rival Hambantota.

Stockwell had been appointed by Beattie's predecessor as Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, but was sacked when she was replaced by Chamier by Campbell Newman after losing the election.

Former editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper, Bob Gordon, has also been appointed to the Board of the Organising Committee, officially known as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation.


Coolangatta to host first Commonwealth Games beach volleyball tournaments at Gold Coast 2018

Coolangatta will host beach volleyball when the sport makes its Commonwealth Games debut at Gold Coast in 2018, organisers have confirmed.

The addition to the programme was announced in March, taking the number of sports being contested at the Games from 17 to 18 for the first time.

Beach volleyball is expected to be a stand-out sport at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to the famous Copacabana venue, and the sport could be similarly iconic in Gold Coast.

The Australian city boasts some of the world's best beaches, with the southern Coolangatta suburb now given the honour of advertising the natural beauty to the watching world.

A temporary stadium will be built which organisers hope will provide "spectacular television images" to 1.5 billion viewers.

Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, who announced the news, said: "The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches will be a huge draw-card during the Games, but the beach volleyball at Coolangatta will take things to a whole new level for Gold Coasters and the thousands of visitors who will experience this iconic sport in such a beautiful part of the world.

"After a city-wide scout, Coolangatta was chosen, in part for its capacity to accommodate the infrastructure needed to meet international Federation guidelines.

"The final preparations and precise location and associated logistics of a temporary stadium can now proceed in full consultation with the sport’s governing body, the Southern Gold Coast community and key Games Delivery Partners."

Beach volleyball was added to the Games programme after an agreement was struck between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) and Gold Coast 2018.

Two 12 team tournaments will be contested, one each for men and women, with two players per team.

A qualification system will be developed in collaboration with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and will be finalised by July.

England's Zara Dampney, who played for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games, said in March the decision would inspire more youngsters to take up the sport amid a chorus of approval.

Gold Coast 2018's chief executive Mark Peters said great consideration had been given to the location.

"There is a significant space requirement for this event and much more than meets the eye when it comes to technical delivery - right down to the consistency and grade of sand on the court," he said.

“Coolangatta is a great location for beach volleyball and with the magnificent beach and city skyline it is just another opportunity for the destination to be showcased all over the world."

CGF vice president Bruce Robertson added: "With the Gold Coast skyline as its backdrop, we’re certain the beach volleyball at Gold Coast 2018 will be a spectacular showcase for the destination on the world sporting stage."

The Games in just under two years' time are due to take place between April 4 and 15.

The other sports will be athletics, aquatics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby sevens, shooting, squash, table tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.

Seven Para-sports will also be contested.

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Peter Beattie is a good pick.

Personal 'puppy story time. Mr Beattie was my neighbour for a few years. He lived directly across the road from me in Wilston until he sold up and moved riverside last year. Lovely bloke - and on the rare occasion I'd have a chat with him he was keen for a Brisbane Olympics but believed it's too much of a hard sell due to the cost and the stadium issue. He realised after attending the 2006 Commonwealth games that QE2/QSAC Stadium could never be an Olympic stadium.

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Commonwealth Games Gold Coast velodrome to be named after cyclist Anna Meares
Australian cycling champion Anna Meares will have a velodrome named in her honour at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

The $59 million word-class velodrome at Chandler in Brisbane’s south-east will host the track cycling competition for the 2018 games.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the Courier Mail the venue was a fitting tribute to the Blackwater-born Meares. 

“When the venue is complete, the Anna Meares Velodrome will be the first velo­drome in the world with digital broadcast-quality LED lighting,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

“ It’s only appropriate that our world-class venue is named after a world-class athlete,” she said.

Meares has won two gold, a silver and three bronze Olympic medals during her illustrious sporting career. 

She recently carried the Australian flag in the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics. 

It's unclear whether Meares, 32,  will retire after the 2018 Games or push through to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.




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20 hours ago, intoronto said:

CGF usually follow the IOC in adding sports into non core programs. Unfortunately GC has been caught out by timing...

Doesn't mean they can't have a "demonstration" event, like they use to have.

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On 22 September 2016 at 6:12 AM, intoronto said:

It'd be appropriate. But it also would be just as much so in Durban. Still puzzling how it's gonna work in Tokyo.

Anyway, if you read to the end of the article, you'll see Beattie has put the kibosh on the idea.

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5 hours ago, Sir Rols said:

It'd be appropriate. But it also would be just as much so in Durban. Still puzzling how it's gonna work in Tokyo.

Anyway, if you read to the end of the article, you'll see Beattie has put the kibosh on the idea.

For Toyko, they are going to use a man-made wave simulator. 

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6 hours ago, Sir Rols said:

It'd be appropriate. But it also would be just as much so in Durban. Still puzzling how it's gonna work in Tokyo.

Anyway, if you read to the end of the article, you'll see Beattie has put the kibosh on the idea.

Sagami Bay (just south of Tokyo) is a popular surf spot.  I'm guessing it'll be staged there.

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