Griffith celebrates 1000 days until the 2018 Games

Elite athletes and students Aaron Murphy and Brianna Thomas with Griffith Sports College Manager Duncan Free.
Elite athletes and students Aaron Murphy and Brianna Thomas with Griffith Sports College Manager Duncan Free.

Today the Gold Coast is marking 1000 days until it hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

No one is more delighted than Griffith Sports College Manager, Mr Duncan Free OAM who says the Games will be a great opportunity to showcase the Gold Coast, our athletes and Griffith as one of Australia’s leading sporting universities.

In the lead-up to the Games, Griffith University will continue its commitment to sporting excellence through innovative research, teaching, sports scholarships and promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting elite athletes.

This commitment was demonstrated in the 2015 Gold Coast Airport Marathon where Griffith once again won the largest corporate team title.

It was also shown at the 2014 Commonwealth Games when Griffith students and alumni took home 10 gold, five silver and seven bronze medals. If Team Griffith was a nation, it would have placed 10th on the tally board.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will also energise Griffith’s vibrant multicultural community, with students from more than 58 Commonwealth countries currently studying at the University. And adjacent to Griffith’s Gold Coast campus, the Athletes Village will be home to 6500 athletes while the Games are on.

Mr Free, a former Olympic athlete, said the Griffith University and Sports College are highly regarded by national and international sporting bodies.

“We have great research in exercise and medicine related athlete injury and prevention,” he said.

“Our Bachelor of Business degree with majors in Sports Management is number one in Australia and we are leading the way in ground-breaking inventions of sporting technology.

“We also have a great reputation of creating flexibility for our elite athletes which helps in creating a perfect study sport balance.”

The Sports College currently has more than 400 members and has supported many elite athletes including Griffith Business School alumnus Michael Shelley, who won a gold medal in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Olympic Swimmer Cameron McEvoy
Olympic Swimmer Cameron McEvoy

Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold Medal swimmer Cameron McEvoy is also a member of the Sports College while he studies a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Honours) majoring in Mathematics and Physics.

The Griffith Gold Coast Open Day on July 26 will showcase all Griffith has to offer in sport-related study and research.

Also in the Sports Zone on Open Day

  • Meet Queensland Reds players Lachie Turner and Adam Korczyk and get your photo taken with them on the red couch from 11am to 1pm.
  • Get a signed autograph from the Brisbane Roar players
  • Jaybird Reign activity tracker created by a Griffith Business graduate.
    Jaybird Reign activity tracker created by a Griffith Business graduate.

    Test out innovative sports technology such as the Jaybrid Reign activity tracker developed by a Griffith graduate

  • See how you rate against the pros in the inflatable golf hitting bay
  • Learn about the PGA International Golf Institute’s pathway to Griffith’s Bachelor of Business program
  • Find out how you can apply for a sport scholarship
  • Learn all about the new Bachelor of Sport Development. As well as other sporting degrees – Bachelor of Business with major in Sports Management, Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Sport Development

Sports Zone located in event area B (outside G33)


Getting to Open Day

Enjoy free travel on the G:link light rail to Griffith’s Gold CoastOpendayonJuly 26.

Look for the TransLink Customer Liaison Officers in red Griffith shirts on platforms between 8.30am to 1pm for your special free travel pass. Visittranslinknow to plan your journey.

If you’re in Brisbane you too can join in on the fun on the Gold Coast by catching the courtesy buses running from Logan campus to Gold Coast campus throughout thedayby bookinghere.

Just by attending theOpenDayyou will go in the draw to win an Apple iWatch or $500 travel voucher. Register on thedayor early birds can registerhere.