From the AQ website - Gold Coast Victory is now Australia's second biggest athletic club. I can only guess the biggest is a ANSW club.
Goes to show the benefit of having your own synthetic track - their membership almost doubled once the new facility became available in 1998.
Hard to compare with Victorian and South Australian clubs as GCV has a massive amount of juniors, incorporating Little A's whereas AV & ASA clubs are primarily senior clubs with separate Little Athletics clubs as 'feeder' clubs.
Still, a very impressive effort by Sharon Hannan and her committee.
GOLD COAST VICTORY HITS 300 MEMBERS
With the conclusion to a successful 2010/2011 registration season for QA came the great news that the Gold Coast Victory Athletics Club had reached over 300 members. This is a great result for the club and is reflective of a rise in all club registrations for QA of over 21%.
Gold Coast Victory Club President Julie Dillon provided QA with the following information on the clubs history, and reasons for the clubs success:
"The Gold Coast Athletics Club was established in June 1969. Over the first couple of decades of its existence, training venues changed many times - an oval at Paradise Point, the TAFE College oval at Benowa, and Miami Sate High School oval and in 1986 moved its training base to Pizzey Park at Miami.
The Club moved its training base to the Gold Coast City International Athletics Track in August 1998.This facility is all-weather training and competition venue situated in University Drive, off Parklands Drive, Southport. In the 1999/2000 season, Club registrations almost doubled, and have continued to rise almost every year since. In July 2006 the Club officially changed its name to 'Gold Coast Victory Athletics Club Inc'.
Over the last few seasons the number of members of the Gold Coast Athletics Club has consistently maintained around the 250 member mark. In the 2010/11 season this club reached an astonishing achievement with 300 members, making us the second largest athletics club in Australia. No doubt this is in no small part due to the fact that there is now an international standard facility available locally for both training and competition. Another factor has been the ability of the Club to attract high quality coaches who can cover all event groups in Track and Field as well as cross country."
A number of other QA clubs also had excellent growth in registered athletes in 2010/2011, and this was coupled with excellent numbers of athletes competing on a regular basis at QA Interclub meets throughout the season. The below table shows the final registration figures for each club and the comparison figures from the 2009/2010 season.