Your armchair guide to the COMMONWEALTH GAMES
In just three days, the quest for gold and glory begins in Queensland. Here’s everything you need to know
O ver the next 11 days, 6000 athletes from 70 countries will compete for gold on the Gold Coast. So, how will this year’s Commonwealth Games stack up against past events, and will we finish with a truckload of medals?
Australia is determined to top the medal tally this year, after finishing second to England at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, then having a disappointing performance at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Our country has won more Games medals than any other since the event’s inception in 1930, so the pressure is real. But our strong team of competitors are up to the task. Australia is set to dominate in the swimming and cycling, as always, but there are plenty of other sports in which we have gold-medal contenders, too, including boxing, beach volleyball, hockey, rugby sevens and netball.
There will also be a lot of historic firsts at these Games. Beach volleyball and women’s rugby sevens make their debut appearances, plus, for the first time in Games history, there will be the same number of medals for women and men.
Para-sports continue to grow in popularity, with more medals on offer than at any previous games. The para-athletes will compete in athletics, swimming, lawn bowls, powerlifting, cycling, table tennis and triathlon, with all events integrated into a unified Games schedule.
The Gold Coast is putting its famous shoreline front and centre, with beach volleyball being held at Coolangatta Beach and the triathlon and marathon events taking place around the Broadwater Parklands. It’s also invested heavily in upgrades to the Carrara Stadium precinct, which will host the athletics and opening/closing ceremonies, while the recently completed Coomera Indoor Sports Centre will bring extra shine to the gymnastics and netball.
All in all, we’ll be treated to top-class athletes, a gorgeous location and a viewer-friendly time zone – the perfect combo for armchair enthusiasts.