Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan
Thank you to everyone for getting behind this bid and helping to bring the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Victoria.
We’re proud that Geelong will host seven sporting events including the aquatics (swimming, para swimming and diving), beach volleyball, gymnastics, hockey, triathlon and para triathlon, T20 cricket matches, table tennis and para table tennis.
The Games attract more than 5000 athletes from more than 70 nations, so the economic benefits for our tourism, events and hospitality industries will be enormous.
This is not just about sport: thousands of athletes and spectators will experience the growing buzz about Geelong, including our fabulous food, culture, and beaches.
We’re thrilled that Geelong has won the opportunity to host a regional hub for athletes and official and fans.
After the Games the athlete’s hub could be turned into affordable housing and leave lasting benefits for our region.
Some of the hottest competition will take place in the water so we’re thrilled that Geelong has been chosen to host the aquatic events. Our waterfront at Eastern Beach provides a world-class sporting landscape and is positioned well to host the triathlon and beach volleyball.
We want to use the Commonwealth Games as an opportunity to deliver a legacy for our region for decades to come. A Regional Indoor Sports and Events Centre is a priority project for Council and we are developing a business case to advocate for funding from the Victorian and Australian Governments for this critical facility.