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.
Geoff is Chairman of Sports Gold Coast and has practiced as a lawyer in the city of Gold Coast for almost 40 years, as partner, an in house corporate lawyer and now as a Consultant and Special Counsel at McLaughlins Lawyers. He has acquired a wealth of experience ranging from major commercial litigation; working on significant resource projects and now more recently innovation companies.
He is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a long history supporting Gold Coast community projects. Geoff currently sits on the board of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, Connecting Southern Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Innovation Hub.
As a proud Gold Coaster Geoff strives to help unify the city of Gold Coast through Sport which contributes to building a strong sense of purpose and identity for the Gold Coast and its citizens.
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 and the Spot Academy, Trina 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 for youth education and development and Gold Coast sport and business.
Kevin Neil was the former CEO of the Canberra Raiders, the National Rugby League team, and Swimming Australia.
He has been on the board of a number of ACT authorities and manages a family building company. Kevin brings to the Board a wealth of experience in Sports administration and a significant network of high-level corporate connections.