Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds As a leader in sports research and education, and an official partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Griffith University is uniquely positioned to provide insight into a major international sports event. Held every four years, the Commonwealth Games brings together athletes from 70 nations and territories, representing 30% of the world’s population. This is a diverse community that spans all continents. A lot of athletes know the Commonwealth Games as the friendly Games. And it genuinely is the coming together of the Commonwealth family. And I think that’s quite unique, and it sets it apart from the Olympic Games where it’s the whole world. And as a family, we come together because we are Commonwealth and we share those values.
Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds As governments, we’ve agreed to the values and principles of the Commonwealth, and that is really important from a Commonwealth Games perspective. So, it is the coming together of the family. For athletes, competing at the Commonwealth Games can be the pinnacle of their sporting career. But, I think that obviously from an athlete perspective, winning is important, you don’t play sport without being competitive or trying to win. But actually, the coming together of 70 countries under the– to celebrate the values of the Commonwealth is an experience in itself. It’s a very unique environment where we have a baton relay with a message of the Queen. We come together in a village, and we obviously compete on the world sporting stage.
Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds And there’s also the opening and closing ceremonies where we celebrate the coming together of the Commonwealth. But ultimately for an athlete, this event is about performing at your absolute best as an athlete. That’s what the Commonwealth Games Federation and its members sports are asking of you as an athlete– come prepared and compete on the world stage to the very best of your ability.
Focus on the Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games, held once every four years, brings together members of the Commonwealth nations and territories to compete on a level playing field in a spirit of friendship and fair play, often referred to as the ‘friendly games’1. The Games unite the Commonwealth family through sport.
History of the Commonwealth Games
The very first Games were held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930 - then known as the British Empire Games. With just 11 events and only 400 athletes competing then, the Games have evolved over the years to an event including 70 nations and territories and over 6,600 athletes and team officials.
Changes have also been seen in the type of events. Before 1998, there had only been single-person competition events - no team events, until hockey, netball and men’s rugby sevens were introduced at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games. Basketball was later introduced at the 2006 Melbourne Games and beach volleyball, para triathlon and women’s rugby sevens were included for the first time at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games1.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)
The decisions, changes, direction and way the Games have evolved over the years since they first began have been the responsibility of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). A large focus has been on developing these Games as an inclusive Games. We heard from Richard from CGF in the video above and you will learn more about the federation in the next step.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games were held in Queensland, Australia from 4-15 April 2018. It was the fifth time Australia had hosted the Commonwealth Games but the first time a regional city in Australia had been the host.
Organising Corporation - GOLDOC
Each time a Commonwealth Games is run, an organising corporation is established to plan, organise and deliver the event. For the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the corporation was the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, also known as GOLDOC. You will hear more about their work in the next step.
Features of the Games
Watch this video to find out more about:
- the history of the games
- the equal number of medal events for men and women (for the first time in 2018)
- the para athlete events
- the diverse range of nationalities represented at the Games
- features of the 2018 host city - the City of Gold Coast
This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.
There were 70 Commonwealth nations and territories who participated in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Each of these has a Commonwealth Games Association (CGA), the body that sends athletes to participate2.
Discover which countries/territories participated in the Games by exploring the map below.
Interested to find out more? Use these links to explore the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games further:
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1. History of the Games. Gold Coast 2018. Available from: https://www.gc2018.com/history-games
2. The CGA Movement. Commonwealth Games Australia; 2018. Available from: http://commonwealthgames.com.au/about-cga/the-cga-movement
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