Events to be held in Gold Coast, Australia
Pre-registration for the WFDF 2024 World Ultimate Championships (WUC) and the WFDF 2024 World Guts Championships (WGC) has now closed. A total of 94 Ultimate bids and 12 Guts bids have been allocated to 37 countries. Both WUC and WGC will take place at the Runaway Bay Sport Precinct on the Gold Coast, Australia, from 31st August to 7th September 2024, including satellite fields located at the Alabaster Drive Sports Precinct. Surfers Paradise is conveniently located to the fields offering tournament accommodation on one of Australia’s most famous beaches.
President Robert “Nob” Rauch said, “It is fantastic to have so many countries signing up to participate in next year’s Championships. This is the first time the event will be run since London’s hosting in 2016 where 39 countries participated, before the 2020 event was canceled (and again in 2021) due to the pandemic. WFDF, as the International Federation of Flying Disc representing 106 member countries, puts focus on global spread when awarding hosts for our major events which enables countries to make use of the regional travel when the event is close by. Moving events outside of Europe normally impacts country participation levels, so seeing 37 countries sign up some 14 months before the event is testament to the universality of our sport.”
WGC is WFDF’s premier Guts tournament and, for the first time, it will stand alone as its own titled event and will include both Open and Women’s divisions. Guts will allow each country to send a maximum of three (3) Club and/or National teams.
Countries that did not pre-register but are still interested in participating in the WUC or WGC will have a chance to obtain bids by joining the waitlist. It is not too late to pre-register for bids by following the link included in the bulletin, and the WFDF Events Team will manage the release of waitlist bids as spots become available.
The Australian Flying Disc Association is the local organizing committee, with support from the city of Gold Coast and the Queensland state government. AFDA has a proven track record for hosting events, having previously hosted the successful WFDF 2018 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships and the WFDF 2006 World Ultimate Club Championships. Heading up the LOC on behalf of AFDA Events Limited (a new company set up by AFDA to host the tournament) will be Mathew Ryan and a team of experienced event coordinators who have extensive experience in hosting national and international events.