To create a sustainable, vibrant and internationally renowned sports culture on the Gold Coast. We achieve this through supporting the development of sport in the City of Gold Coast.
SGC was established by a diverse group of community-minded Gold Coast business leaders who are passionate about actively connecting the city’s business and sport economy, in order to help position the city as a leading place to train, administer, and host world-class sporting events.
Inaugural chairman Geoff Smith was a long-time supporter of sport on the Gold Coast before Sports Gold Coast was launched in 2016. The highly respected lawyer had seen local sport at all levels suffer primarily because of poor infrastructure, the lack of a sustainable funding model and an absence of good governance.
Smith believed that a closer relationship between sport and the Gold Coast business community could solve almost all of these problems. Not only would the sporting organisations proposer, but the entire Gold Coast, including the business hub, would be boosted through a successful Gold Coast sporting story.
The primary role of Sports Gold Coast is to act as a conduit between sport and the organisation/s required in each case to help that sport develop. This may include interaction with business, government and/or educational facilities.
Sponsorship dollars is just one form of assistance. Through Sports Gold Coast, local sporting organisations can benefit greatly through interaction with local businesses in areas such as financial structuring, managing online expectations, volunteer/staffing issues, networking and media/communications.
Key to Sports Gold Coast’s structure is its membership. Businesses can become members of Sports Gold Coast through a variety of levels. Each level offering more direct benefits. However all members have the immediate opportunity to connect to the Gold Coast sporting community. Membership offers numerous benefits. Our memberships are an effective way to meet business leaders from around the Gold Coast and provide you with access to some of the most sort after sporting events on the calendar.
DAPHNE PIRIE AO
Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame
We have witnessed the power of sport through the recent Tokyo Olympics.
Sport has always played a critical part in the development of the city of Gold Coast. I have been involved in sport in the Gold Coast community for over 60 years as a player, coach and administrator. I have also been a business owner.
I commend Sports Gold Coast in its achievements to date in elevating the importance of sport and galvanising the support of the Gold Coast business community for sport.
I urge all business owners to assist Sports Gold Coast by becoming an active member to enable it to continue its good work.
MICK FANNING AO
3 times AFP World Champion
Sports Gold Coast provides an opportunity to develop support and promote sport from grassroots to the elite by providing a platform for business to create legacies and strategies to make the Gold Coast a sustainable a world-renowned sporting destination.
Geoff has practiced as a lawyer in the city of Gold Coast since January 1978, as partner in a major Gold Coast Law Firm, an in-house corporate lawyer for one of Australia’s largest privately owned companies and in July 2020 established his own legal practice. He has acquired a wealth of experience ranging from major commercial litigation, working on significant resource projects, intellectual property law and startups companies in innovation.
Geoff’s new practice focuses on special projects outside mainstream law and has a long history supporting Gold Coast community organizations. He currently sits on the board of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame and Regional Development Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He was one of the 5 original businessmen who established the Gold Coast NRL Bid Team in 1999 which eventually secured an NRL Licence for the Gold Coast in 2005 and a $270m Cbus stadium.
In 2015, Geoff along with 10 other Gold Coast business leaders incorporated a non-for-profit company Sports Gold Coast Ltd (SGC)as a vehicle for Gold Coast business to support, develop and promote Sport in the city of Gold Coast in collaboration with council, the education sector and sporting groups. He has been Chair of SGC since its incorporation.
Garry Goodman is a highly successful Gold Coast businessman and actively involved in the promotion and growth of Gold Coast sport in all its facets. He has been president of a number of AFL sports clubs and is currently President of the AFL Junior Gold Coast Clubs.
Garry founded National Management Group, which is today the parent company to thirteen brands, now rebranded under the Eximm Group. His companies employ over 160 people and have a turnover of $30m.They specialise in Integrated Property Maintenance, Security Services, Communications, Fire Protection, Private Investigation, Metal Fabrication, Legal and much more.
Trina Hockley is a well respected business owner of the L & M Group of Companies and an experienced, qualified non- executive director with a background in training, education, sport, employment, retail and governance (BHMS, GMQ,FAICD JP (Qual)).
Trina’s business interests are located on the both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Wollongong. Highly sought after for both her business and governance acumen, she is on the board of TAFE Qld, is the past Chair and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Gold Coast committee. She is also Chair of Arcadia College, Ohana for Youth Â and the Spot Academy, Trina Â sits on the board of The Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. Trina co- founded Women in Power to mentor other women and is a member of the Qld Government’s Mentoring for Growth.
Trina’s volunteering has seen accolades as an Outstanding Volunteer to the Indigenous Community and has received a 20 year Leadership Award from the City of Gold Coast. She is an avid advocate Â for youth education and development and Gold Coast sport and business.
Nick Scott has spent thirty seven (37) years working in senior roles within the media; much of this time being based on the Gold Coast. He has held the positions of Director, Group General Manager, General Manager and National Sales Director. Nick has recently retired from his full time position with Southern Cross Austereo; operators on the Gold Coast of television brands Southern Cross Ten, 11 and One as well as broadcasting stations 90.9 Sea FM and 92.5 Gold FM. His commitment to the industry has been evidenced by main Board positions with Commercial Radio Australia and membership of national industry bodies overseeing Regional Australia, Research and Sales/Marketing/Codes/Branding.