Parade of Nations and Official Welcome

The Opening Ceremony and Parade of Nations will take place at the Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands. The venue is a stunning location, looking out over the Broadwater with Sea World in the background. View the Event Schedule for times. 

Parade of Nations

All Athletes will be required to marshal within their National Federation between 4:30pm - 5:00pm. Meet at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (water side). You will then parade into the Opening Ceremony venue.

Opening Ceremony

What is provided at the Official Welcome?

Each Age Group Athlete will receive 3 tokens. 1x food token & 2 x tokens to be used for beverages.

The food will include a grazing table of carbloading pasta dishes. 

Token Value

Food:1 token = 1 serving of food

Drinks: 1 token = 1 soft drink or water; 2 tokens = 1 alcoholic beverage (beer or wine)

*Must have photo ID with you to redeem tokens for alocholic beverages. 

Onsite: Additional token purchase will be available at the entrance to the Function Venue onsite in the case you would like additional food or drinks.

Note: If an athlete is participating in both Sprint and Standard distance you will only receive I set of tokens as you received a discounted entry fee.

Token Collection

Sprint - Token available within your Race Kit when you Check-In on Wednesday 12 September.

Standard - You are required to collect your Welcome Function tokens prior to arriving at the Official Welcome.

Date: Wednesday 12 September

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Pick Up Location: Event Information Centre Mitchell Park, Broadwater Parklands, Southport.

Must have photo ID with you

Family & Spectator Token Purchase

Spectators will have the opportunity to purchase tokens for food and drinks tokens onsite at the entrance to the Great Lawn Venue.

1 x food token = $22

1 x drink token = $4 or 2 x tokens for alcoholic beverage = $8