The 2019 INAS (International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments) Global Games today (12 September) launched ticket sales to the international sporting competition that will see more than 1,000 elite athletes with an intellectual impairment from all over the world descend on Brisbane, QLD, from 12-19 October.
Queensland Minister for Innovation and Tourism Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Hon Kate Jones presented the first ticket to Julie-Anne Campbell, the mother of Australian team sprinter Alberto Campbell, who will finish her treatment for breast cancer just in time to see her son compete on home soil.
Alberto has spent the last few months wearing pink socks and a pink headband training for the Games to raise awareness of breast cancer while his mum undergoes treatment.
Born in Jamaica and adopted by the Campbell family when he was nine years old, Brisbane resident Alberto said he was excited that the tickets for the Games were now on sale and that his mum would be front and centre when he competes.
“Having my parents at the competition means so much to me and I can’t wait to compete in front of all my friends and family,” he said.
Minister Jones said the launch of tickets was a key milestone in the countdown to the Global Games, with the cost of tickets set at an incredibly affordable $10 per person, per sport, per day, with children under six years admitted free.
“This is an event where you will see athletes who have qualified to represent their countries compete with the very best in their field, including many Paralympians, with a number looking to qualify for next year’s 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
“The competition will be fierce but friendly, and I encourage everyone to buy a ticket and come and support Aussie athletes and athletes from overseas as they go for gold right here in Brisbane.”
2019 Global Games Chief Executive Officer Robyn Smith said the Games was shaping up to be the biggest in Global Games history, with 50 countries already confirmed to attend.
“We have athletes from as far as Russia, France, China and America coming to compete in 10 sports contested in venues across Brisbane including the Queensland Tennis Centre, the Anna Meares Velodrome, with the southernmost venue being the Coomera Rowing Centre,” Smith said.
“GG2019 [2019 Global Games] epitomises inclusivity and celebrates the outstanding talent of athletes from all over the world with an intellectual impairment who have all worked hard to represent their countries.
“This is a unique opportunity to experience an international event with very affordable, family-friendly ticket prices and guaranteed spectacular sporting feats.
“Many of our events will be live-streamed on our website and reported internationally, with several international media accompanying teams.
“Brisbane will be on the world stage, and with a potential bid for the Paralympics and Olympics on the horizon, we aim to showcase the city and our world-class sporting venues in action.”
Tickets for the Global Games are on sale today. Please click here for details.
By the 2019 INAS Global Games