Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games official partner logo
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games official partner logo

Griffith University and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Partnership

At Griffith, we’re creating remarkable opportunities for our community through our partnership with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

As an Official Partner, our students, staff and graduates have the chance to be part the biggest event in Australia this decade.

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GC2018 countdown

At a glance

GC2018 is more than a celebration of sport—it’s a showcase of health, technology, infrastructure, media, culture and planning. We’re proud to be part of this important milestone for the Gold Coast.

First ever university

Griffith is the first ever university to partner with a Commonwealth or Olympic Games.

7 Scholarships

7 Griffith University and GC2018 Scholarships will be awarded to new/incoming students for academic or sporting excellence.

70 internships completed

70 Griffith students have completed a GC2018 internship (correct as of 31 July 2017).

150 Griffith student interns

Approximately 150 Griffith students will be an intern during the Games in 2018.

How Griffith celebrated one year to go until GC2018

Griffith University celebrated one year to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with a busy week. We joined the community celebrations with GOLDOC and then officially opened our new Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast with Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion Libby Trickett OAM.

Staff and Student Involvement

To date, Griffith interns have been placed across more than 50% of the Functional Areas at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) including in Press Operations, Human Resource Operations, Volunteer Selection, Sport, Engineering and IT

45 Griffith Business School interns

23 arts, education and law interns

7 business and arts double degree students

4 business and health double degree students

20 Griffith staff will lend their expertise through secondments with GOLDOC

Adil Rachidi Griffith student and GOLDOC intern

Our partnership

We’re proud to be an Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The lead-up to GC2018 will be a period of amazing energy and excitement, and we’ll be celebrating the event across our campuses.

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Skye Nicolson boxer, Griffith student and sporting excellence scholarship recipient


Scholarships are available for students from Commonwealth nations and territories including Australia who wish to study sport or a sport-related field. Sporting Excellence Scholarships are also available for elite athletes.

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Griffith University student interns at GOLDOC office

Student involvement

Our students have and continue to enjoy unique learning experiences, with approximately 250 internships available with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Corporation (GOLDOC) and additional placements with the Games Delivery Partners in the lead-up and during GC2018 across a variety of study areas.

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Griffith Art graduate Elise Appleton shows off her Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games design

Queen’s Baton Relay

Griffith University will play a special part in the Queen’s Baton Relay which has been a tradition of the Commonwealth Games since 1958. The Baton, containing a message from the Queen, will be carried through the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, making its way through Queensland, Australia and arriving on the Gold Coast for the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

Michael Shelley Griffith business graduate and marathon runner sitting on running track

Marathon Presenting Partner

Griffith University is the Presenting Partner of the GC2018 Men’s and Women’s Marathons.

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Dance studented earing black leaping

Creative Arts Partner

Griffith University is the official Creative Arts Partner of GC2018. Griffith’s extensive expertise and resources in creative arts will be utilised across the official Creative Arts program of GC2018.

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Student enjoying virtual reality bike at developed by Griffith University students

Research projects

We are committed to staff and student research projects for all aspects of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Areas of research include; legacy, sustainability, health, science and tourism.

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Sport at Griffith

Griffith is one of Australia's leading sports universities.