By Phoebe Broad and Jacob Mander
Local athletes and sporting representatives are one step closer to accessing elite sporting facilities, with construction commencing on the Sunshine Coast Community Sporting Hub.
The hub will boast a high-performance gym, full recovery and rehabilitation centre.
Sunshine Coast Stadium & Kawana Sports Precinct chairman Clayton Williams said the hub would go hand in hand with the facilities currently at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
“We are trying to bring new usages to the Sunshine Coast, what the Coast needs,” Mr Williams said.
The upcoming hub will offer a hyperbaric chamber, altitude room, hot and cold pool and magnesium pool, amenities that aren’t currently available on the Sunshine Coast.
“Any athlete will be able to come to the facility and use the equipment to help them grow,” Mr Williams said.
Local track athlete Zane Branco is excited with the prospect of the hub, with the locality removing the need for travel.
“I’m super gassed about the new training facilities being brought to the Coast,” Mr Branco said.
“At the moment I’m having to drive all the way down to Brisbane and the Gold Coast to use any of the equipment other people in my squad are using.
“It will be great for the Sunshine Coast too, we have so many home-grown athletes that are being forced to leave because what they need just isn’t available.
“Hopefully this changes that.”
Construction is supported by the Federal government, which is providing a $5m grant.
Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, said the sporting hub would bring many national and international athletes to the Coast.
“It allows teams to come and stay and train and learn here, this is a fantastic project for the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Wallace said.
“This is all about jobs for locals, jobs for our local sporting champions and also about providing opportunities for national and international teams to come and enjoy the Sunshine Coast.”
Video by Viktor Berg and Connor Rose