HOLIDAY JOURNEY THROUGH SPORTING HALL OF FAME
QUEENSLAND'S first dedicated sports museum, the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame at Mick Veivers Way at Southport's Owen Park, is open for the final week of this school holidays.
A fun and educational holiday activity for children of all ages, the Hall offers a unique journey through time and can be enjoyed free of charge weekdays between 9:00am and 4:00pm.
Sportslovers can also visit the Hall on-line at www.goldcoastsport.com.au to view information on its history and inductees.
Officially opened by inaugural inductee, motorcycling champion Mick Doohan, in January 1999, the Sporting Hall of Fame boasts four rooms of sporting memorabilia, including Queensland's only official 'Olympic Room' - a shrine to Gold Coast Olympic achievement which also houses the Gold Coast's Sydney 2000 Olympic Games community cauldron and relay torch.
Other memorabilia on display includes official sporting uniforms dating back to the 1930s and profiles of the thirty three (33) outstanding Gold Coast athletes who have been formally inducted into the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame over the past five years.
They include cricketer Craig McDermott, rugby league legend Mick Vievers, surf lifesavers Karla Gilbert and Trevor Hendy, swimmer Andrew Baildon, and world surfing champion Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew.
The complex also houses a tribute to newspaper production on the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast Bulletin Historical Building is a replica of the Southern Queensland Bulletin Building, which was located in Lawson Street, Southport.
It was in that original structure that Patrick McNamara produced the first edition of the time-honoured paper in 1885.
Visitors can see genuine examples of yesteryear's newspaper printing technology, view photos of early Southport, Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta, and read about local identities old and new while searching newspaper archives that date back to 1885.
The stately Old Queenslanders are situated on Mick Veivers Way, Owen Park, 201 Queen Street, Southport.
For further information please contact:
0407 028 917