Countdown Clock Launched for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Swiss watchmaker Longines has unveiled its countdown clock for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) of which it is the Official Timekeeper and Watch at Brisbane Airport.

The 5.2 metre tall, 1.75 tonne clock was unveiled by Longines Friend of the Brand and Commonwealth Games hopeful, Amy Pejkovic, GC2018 Ambassador and swimmer, Cameron McEvoy and children from St Pius’ Primary School Banyo.

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, General Manager Australia, Longines, Mrs Amelia Michael, former sprinter Matt Shirvington and GC2018 Mascot, Borobi were also on hand.

Minister Jones said with a global television audience of about 1.5 billion, the Games would deliver a lasting legacy for Queensland by showing the world some of its greatest assets and proving its potential as a major events destination.

“As the largest event in Queensland’s history, the legacy of the Games will be felt well beyond the 11 days of competition. The extent of media exposure expected during that time has been unrivalled in this state’s history – it will be priceless for Queensland tourism and world renowned brands like Longines. The Games are a great opportunity to show the world what Queensland has to offer and I thank Longines for their ongoing support,” Minister Jones said.

Mr Beattie said Longines’ world-renowned experience in delivering timing, scoring and results were absolutely critical to delivering a great Games.

“With thousands of athletes competing across 18 sports and 7 para-sports Longines will be delivering precise timing, scoring and result services to feed the global broadcast and provide official results for every heat, match and final across every event at GC2018,” Mr Beattie said.

Ms Pejkovic said it was an honour to represent the brand for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“I’m excited to partner with Longines for GC2018. I’m currently training hard and aiming to represent Australia on the Gold Coast next year. Competing at a home Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity and positions on the Aussie team will be hotly contested. Everyone involved in Australian sports are really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games,” Ms Pejkovic said.

Children from St Pius’ Primary School, Banyo helped McEvoy and Pejkovic remove an 11 metre Longines navy silk from the Longines countdown clock which will count down the minutes, hours and days until the commencement of GC2018.

Mr Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing said Longines is delighted to be the Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, one of the major sporting events in the world.

“We are really proud that the organisers have placed their trust in our brand and chose us as Official Timekeeper for all the competitions held over the 11 days. We are looking forward to seeing remarkable sporting achievements, especially in Athletics, Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens and Table Tennis, the sports we are partnering with during the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Capelli said.

The clock took 800 hours to build by six people and was overseen by the professional eye of the Swiss watchmaker.



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