Well, Gold Coast, this is your big shot in the spotlight as global eyes feast themselves on our golden shores and millions tune in for all the sporting action of the Commonwealth Games, happening right here – in our own backyard! Us locals have been counting down to the excitement of the Games – we’ve definitely got a bit of sports fever! Personally, my family is super excited to take in a few events and we’ll be waving green and gold around town.

Whether you’re in your #activewear as you read this, or haven’t touched your toes for years, read on for some inspiration to manage your family in sport or find your own mojo to get active. We’re talking about tossing the participation ribbons and encouraging our kids to show resilience, effort and fun in their sport. Take some tips on how we, as parents, can support our own children’s goals, what food is their best fuel and we catch up with a few Olympic medalists #gold.

I wasn’t the sportiest kid in school, but as an adult you’ll find me at Pilates, boxing or Barre class and cheering my kids on from the sidelines at footy or surf sports. We love our local footy team and spend most weekends on bikes, hikes or at Nippers carnivals.

Sports fever aside, Festival 2018 and Bleach* have gifted us two weeks of culture with loads of free shows about the Gold Coast. You’ll find me rocking out to Cat Empire, with the hubby and our family riding our pushbikes to Kurrawa Park to soak up the Games vibes and shows.

What great timing it is, with Easter school holidays here, to also explore the great outdoors, some arts magic or even catch up on all the latest releases at the cinema. Happy days!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

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