THE FANS

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - COMMONWEALTH GAMES - PAUL WE­STON

THE worst part about it, for the fans, will be go­ing home.

They loved the glit­ter of the tourism heart at Surfers Par­adise and Broad­beach but even more the com­mu­nity life­style of the south­ern beach spots and the green of the hin­ter­land.

On the Cur­rumbin beach­front, Welsh hol­i­day-mak­ers Steve and Louise Daniels ad­mit­ted they pre­ferred the fore­shore to Surfers be­cause it re­minded them of the beau­ti­ful Gower Coast in Wales.

“We don’t want to leave. We’d be mov­ing here if it wasn’t for our kids,” Mrs Daniels said.

The ath­letes be­came the city’s big­gest fans. Cana­dian cy­clist Jay Lamoureux, who fin­ished 14th in the road cy­cling time trial, went for a swim af­ter his race.

“I thought it was awe­some down here hav­ing a race along the beach,” the bronze medal­list in the team pur­suit said.

“It is a beau­ti­ful place and I will be telling peo­ple back home that they have to come here.”

Carol Golsby, of Glas­gow, knew lit­tle about the Coast be­fore ar­riv­ing for the Games.

“My friends have to come and visit be­cause it is beau­ti­ful,” she said. “This area here at the beach is won­der­ful. It doesn’t mat­ter how long the flight is, they have to come and visit.”

Ian Skil­licorn, from the Isle of Man, had vis­ited the Coast be­fore but never Cur­rumbin.

“I don’t know why we didn’t come here,” he said. “The beach is beau­ti­ful. I would rec­om­mend any­one from back home to come and visit here.”

Louise Staunton-Smith, down from Bris­bane with her daugh­ter, could not wait for the road cy­cling com­bined with such a great lo­ca­tion.

“I like the com­pet­i­tive­ness as­pect to it, the hard work they put in,” she said.

“We came down to see the race walk. How could it be any bet­ter than this? The place is gor­geous.”

Cathy Walker, a coach from the United King­dom who had been at Glas­gow, could com­pare both Games as she walked in to watch the beach vol­ley­ball at Coolan­gatta.

“It’s greener,” she said. “It’s very dif­fer­ent. It’s a lot warmer, and marginally drier. The trans­port net­work is ex­cel­lent. I think be­cause it’s the friendly Games it’s just like one big fam­ily.”

In the stands, across all venues, the friendly Games were played out.

Aussies ob­vi­ously had the big­gest sup­port, fol­lowed by Eng­land and New Zealand.

Of­ten those who came last were cheered as much as a gold medal win­ner in trib­ute to their never-say-die spirit.

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

Flag-wav­ing fans adorned in Aussie “war paint” help set the scene at the Gold Coast Hockey Cen­tre

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMP­SON

The Hardy fam­ily from Beaudesert – Emma, 14, Di, Is­abelle, 12, An­drew, 16, and Isaac,13, at the ath­let­ics.

Pic­ture: RICHARD GOSLING

Char­l­ize Hamil­ton and Ava La­timer, both 8, were decked out in “merch” for the gym­nas­tics at Coomera.

Pic­ture: CAMP­BELL GELLIE

Steve and Louise Daniels, from Wales, say they didn't re­alise how beau­ti­ful Cur­rumbin would be.

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMP­SON

Debra Vuiller­min and Sue Rice, from Mel­bourne, were in full voice at the beach vol­ley­ball at Coolan­gatta.

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