Gold Coast BMX Freestyle Festival Announced as The First World Cup Qualifier for Paris 2024 Olympics
The Gold Coast will make history in December when it plays host to the first BMX Freestyle qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Urban Sport Fest three day event will bring over 150 of the world’s best freestyle BMX riders to the Gold Coast in what is being dubbed Australia’s first dual action sport and music festival combination held at Gold Coast Sports Precinct beside Metricon Stadium.
Bringing a UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup to the Gold Coast provides not only an extraordinary historic opportunity with the 2024 Paris Olympics in sight but offers a multitude of economic, tourism and infrastructure benefits for the future planning on the Gold Coast of the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.
Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, believes this new event is a significant opportunity for the City of Gold Coast, leading to the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.
“To be the city chosen to host the first Australian BMX Freestyle Olympic Qualifier is a massive coup for the Gold Coast and for our local and Queensland-based athletes,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“This puts us well and truly on the world stage, and with the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics on the horizon, our star is certainly on the rise.’’
Queensland Academy of Sport CEO, Chelsea Warr said the fact that the Gold Coast has been approved to not only host the Urban Sport Fest but that it was also the first Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifier, will certainly provide a competitive advantage to our Australian riders as they prepare for Paris.
“In the lead up to Tokyo the QAS, in partnership with AUS Cycling and City of Gold Coast, invested $1 million to secure a world class Freestyle BMX Course after seeing firsthand the competitive advantage the replica Tokyo course provided our Australian riders, with Logan Martin bringing home Olympic Gold. The new course will not only attract the best Australian BMX Freestylers to Queensland to train, but they can now compete on home soil, on a course they know firsthand and in front of Australians, against their fellow international competitors. It will be incredibly inspiring and thrilling to watch and sets the scene for what future Olympic and Paralympic Games may look like.”
Matt Burgess, founder of Urban Sport Fest, says he is not only excited to bring to the Gold Coast this first-of-its-kind event but is incredibly proud that this will be the launching pad for BMX athletes to qualify for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
“The inclusion of the Gold Coast BMX World Cup component as an Olympic Qualifying event means Urban Sport Fest ticket holders will see the best BMX Freestyle riders in the world competing to take the crown of our own Olympic Champion Logan Martin and Natalya Diehm, our national champion and Olympic Finalist in Tokyo. Australia’s support in their own backyard will be crucial to their success in December.”
In another first, the action-packed, family-friendly sports and music festival will be the first year equal prize money for both male and female BMX riders will be offered, bringing a major spotlight on women’s action sport globally.
“By bringing together action sports, gender equality, music and culture – we’re going to provide one of the most pulsating and adrenaline-packed events the Gold Coast has ever experienced,” says Burgess.
Urban Sport Fest will run from December 9 -11 at Gold Coast Sports Precinct with an inclusive, affordable, and action-packed offering across three days.
Urban Sport Fest is in the Gold Coast Sports Precinct, Carrara. It sits right behind Metricon Stadium on Nerang Broadbeach Road, where the Gold Suns AFL and AFLW teams play. The Gold Coast Sports Precinct is 1 hour from Brisbane, 30 mins from Gold Coast Airport, and 5 minutes from the M1 Motorway.
What dates and times is the Urban Sport Fest on?urbansportfest2022-11-11T09:21:06+10:00
The 3-day festival will be on Friday 9 December to Sunday 11 December, 2022.
Urban Sport Fest will be open from 12pm to 7:30pm each day.
Sport will be on from 12pm to 6:30pm each day and live music will be on from 2pm to 7:30pm each day.
Friday will be BMX Qualification rounds. Saturday will be the Semi-Finals. Sunday will be the Finals.
What does it mean that the BMX Freestyle World Cup is an Olympic Qualifying Event?urbansportfest2022-10-26T13:17:48+10:00
General Admission gives you access to any public area in the venue. While we may provide some public seating for certain areas in the venue, this is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not offer reserved seating for this event.
Do I need to purchase a ticket for my baby?urbansportfest2022-10-26T13:19:37+10:00
A customer who has purchased a ticket to the festival can follow the below steps to request a complimentary companion ticket if they are registered disabled:
Customer to email firstname.lastname@example.org and state the event they are attending and reason for the request.
Oztix will validate that they have already purchased a ticket.
Oztix will issue a complimentary companion ticket via email for the day(s) they have purchased to attend.
When is the scooter competition on and how do I enter?urbansportfest2022-11-22T11:45:35+10:00