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After an unwanted interruption due to Covid-19 restrictions, 2022 sees the welcome return of The Gold Coast Sports Star Awards dinner, to be held this year at RACV Royal Pines Resort on Friday 8 July.

The event is a collaboration between not-for-profit organisation Sports Gold Coast and Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, which was established in 1999 to protect the city’s ultra-rich sporting heritage.

Proudly supported by City of Gold Coast Council, this year’s dinner will be the 53rd hosting of the event, and both Hall of Fame President Daphne Pirie MBE AO and Chair of Sports Gold Coast Geoff Smith, expressed their delight at the return of one of the city’s golden nights.

“The Awards night is a unique opportunity for the Gold Coast community to unite in the celebration of its world champions and achievements in all facets of sport in our city,” Daphne said.

“The timing could not be better with the recent Tokyo Olympics and the announcement of the 2032 Olympic Games in South-east Queensland. Covid-19 has disrupted sport all over the world and it’s so nice to be talking about the return of what is now an iconic local event.”

Geoff Smith urged the citizens of the Gold Coast to once again support the awards by purchasing a table or seat.

“It is important that the Gold Coast gets behind both its elite and community sport clubs for this event,” he said.

“This event helps the Gold Coast shape its sporting identity. We celebrate the achievements of sports stars, but also recognise the unsung heroes and volunteers who make sport happen in our region.

“Acknowledging our successes and uniting the sporting community is so important to the future planning of sports projects in the city. The 53rd Gold Coast Sports Star Awards will look ahead to what we can achieve, as much as it looks back on what we’ve achieved so far.

“No event of this scale is possible without the commitment of great sponsors. Our thanks goes to them all, and particularly the City of Gold Coast Council for its funding which makes it affordable for community clubs to attend such a prestigious event.”

The Hall of Fame houses Queensland’s only officially recognised Olympic Room. The historic displays are in a beautiful Old Queenslander at Mick Veivers Way at Southport and weekday visits are welcome for a gold coin donation.

The facility also houses the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Legacy Hall – a tribute to the XXI Games.

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