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The Commonwealth Games, 2018

Continuing a tradition that dates back to 1930, the Commonwealth Games 2018 are due to take place from April 4th to 15th. More than 6,600 top athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations will be lining up to compete in more than 250 events in Australia.

At what will be Australia's biggest sporting event this decade, athletes from more than 70 nations will be competing at stadiums on the famous Gold Coast and in the cities of Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.



The Commonwealth Games comprises 18 sports and seven para-sports. An equal number of men's and women's medal events will be taking place in sports such as athletics, basketball, track and road cycling, boxing, gymnastics, swimming, diving, wrestling, weightlifting and more. Sports such as beach volleyball and women's rugby will be making their games debut.

This year's Commonwealth Games will include the biggest ever para sports programme in the event's history, comprising 38 medal events in seven sports. Around 300 para-athletes are competing - an increase of 45% since the Glasgow games of 2014, which also broke records at the time.

The para sports will include powerlifting, swimming, athletics, table tennis, track cycling, lawn bowls and the debut of the para triathlon for the first time at the Commonwealth Games.

The event has been in the planning stages since the establishment of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation in 2012. The corporation has been working in liaison with the Australian Government and other partners to organise a memorable games.


The medals

Athletes will be competing for specially-designed medals, which depict the Gold Coast's stunning coastline and its significance as a location to meet, gather and take part in sports. They were created by local woman Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, who is of Ngugi, Nunukul and Goenpul heritage.

A resident of Quandamooka Country, she lives and works on Minjerribah - also known as North Stradbroke Island – where her grandmother and mother were also born. A contemporary artist, Delvene translates her own heritage and family moments into her unique interpretations.

Her beautiful designs have been produced by the Royal Australian Mint. The ribbon on each medal is made from three woven strands of yungair - a freshwater reed, which forms a pattern resembling triangles joined together.

Weaving skills have been passed down through generations of local families and Delvene's aunt and mother were both skilled weavers. Delvene was taught to weave by her mother.



The idea of a united Commonwealth sporting event was first suggested by Rev Astley Cooper in 1891. His article calling for a "Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican" tournament to take place every four years was published in The Times, suggesting it would increase goodwill in the British Empire.

At that time, the Commonwealth of Nations was known as the British Commonwealth. Its member states were territories of the British Empire and Rev Cooper felt an international sporting event would foster a better understanding of the empire.

A predecessor to the modern games was held in 1911, when the Festival of Empire took place in London in celebration of King George V's coronation. Athletes from the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada competed in events that included boxing, swimming, wrestling and athletics.

The 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam (when an atmosphere of friendliness was apparent between the athletes of the British Empire) rekindled the idea of holding a Commonwealth Games.

This led to the first Commonwealth Games - called the British Empire Games - being held in 1930 in Ontario, Canada. The driving force behind the launch was Bobby Robinson, a major figure in Canadian athletics in the early 20th century.

Some 400 athletes from 11 countries took part in the first games, with the City of Hamilton donating $30,000 to help with their travelling costs.

Today, the Commonwealth of Nations comprises 53 member states who were former territories of the British Empire. The Commonwealth came into existence in 1949, as a result of the London Declaration, which stated the member states were free and equal. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth.


English medal hopefuls

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete separately at the Commonwealth Games, as opposed to the Olympics, where they make up Team GB. The teams retain their separate identities at the Commonwealth Games out of tradition and heritage.

The 75-strong England team will be led by Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford, who won the men's long jump gold at London 2012. Despite 12 months' disruption through injury, Rutherford, 30, will be defending the gold medal he won at the 2014 games in Scotland.

Sir Mo Farah, 34, won't be taking part following his recent retirement from track racing, but track hopefuls Dina Asher-Smith, Adam Gemili and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will be flying the flag for England. Gemili won two silvers in Glasgow in the 100-metres and as part of the sprint relay team.

Johnson-Thompson had been favourite to win the heptathlon gold medal at the games in 2014 before an injury caused her to retire from the competition during the build-up. Sprinter Asher-Smith is the British record holder in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She won bronze as part of the 4 x 100 metres relay team at the Olympic Games in 2016.


Programme of events

The Commonwealth Games begin with the opening ceremony on Wednesday 4th April, with the first event commencing on Thursday 5th April. Starting at 9am, the badminton preliminary rounds launch the events at the Gold Coast's Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, followed by basketball preliminaries at the same venue at 2pm.

The packed programme of events continues daily through to Sunday 15th April, when the finals of several events will take place, including the athletics - a free event at Southport Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast.

Other finals taking place on the day include the rugby sevens, netball, squash, basketball and table tennis, before the grand closing ceremony begins at 7.30pm at the Carrara Stadium.

More than one billion people watched the Commonwealth Games 2014 on television around the world and organisers of this year's event are hoping to top that figure with record viewing figures.

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