Queensland plans are swimming

The Australian state of Queensland has been announced as the host of the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, one of the sport’s leading events.

The Championships come as the state’s seaside resort of Gold Coast prepares to stage the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with state capital Brisbane having previously hosted the second edition of the swimming event in 1987.

With competing nations including swimming heavyweights such as Australia, United States, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Japan, the Pan Pacific Championships are regarded as the sport’s highest profile event after the Olympics and World Championships.

“Swimming is a key Commonwealth Games Sport and securing a major international event in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is an important coup for Queensland,” said Major Events minister Jann Stuckey.

She added: “This event is expected to deliver at least A$2m into the state’s economy, but more importantly, it will lift the tourism profile of the state in overseas markets. Tourism is a key part of the four-pillar economy we are focused on growing. Events like this are a boost to the sector and deliver job opportunities across Queensland.”

The Californian city of Irvine staged the previous edition of the Championships in 2010.

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