Marion Charlton from the Gold Coast Airport and 3-time Coolangatta Gold winner Courtney Hancock toast to a new partnership.
Marion Charlton from the Gold Coast Airport and 3-time Coolangatta Gold winner Courtney Hancock toast to a new partnership.

Coolangatta Gold's big boost

THE 2018 Coolangatta Gold is prepared for take-off, with the Gold Coast Airport announcing a partnership with the iconic Australian event.

The Coolangatta Gold, one of the most challenging endurance events in surf sports, asks much of its competitors, and in return always aspires to run a tight ship for participants and fans alike.

Courtney Hancock on her way to victory in the 2017 Coolangatta Gold.
Courtney Hancock on her way to victory in the 2017 Coolangatta Gold. Harvie Allison/Harvpix

With a brand new sponsor on-board, Surf Life Saving Australia CEO Adam Weir says the October event will be able to do just that.

"The Gold Coast Airport is the gateway for so many of our surf lifesavers and their families taking part in this year's Coolangatta Gold,” he said.

"The airport is the hub for all places on the Gold Coast and Northern NSW and we are delighted to start on what we hope is a long and enduring partnership.”

The Airport's chief operating officer Marion Charlton lauded the event, saying it is now woven into the fabric of Coolangatta and the Gold Coast more broadly.

"This is a key event on the city's and the country's sporting calendar, and it takes place right on the doorstep of the airport,” she said.

Ali Day and Courtney Hancock, winners at the 2017 Coolangatta Gold.
Ali Day and Courtney Hancock, winners at the 2017 Coolangatta Gold. Harvpix.com

The event in 2018, which starts from Coolangatta Beach and tracks up the Queensland coastline and back again on October 6 and 7, will again feature a short and long-course option for competitors, with the elite open male and female races to be contested over the legendary 41.8km course.

For just the second time, the event will kick off with the the short course over a 21km one-transition layout.

The youth event will return in 2018, which is designed for aspiring young surf lifesavers and future ocean and beach event competitors aged 10-16.

The youth course consists of a 300m soft sand run, a 400m swim, 400m run, 500m board and a 50m run.

Entries are now open at sls.com.au/coolangattagold/

Courtney Hancock crosses the finish line to win a gruelling Coolangatta Gold for the third time.
Courtney Hancock crosses the finish line to win a gruelling Coolangatta Gold for the third time. Harvie Allison/Harvpix


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