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THE Australian Commonwealth Games Association today welcomed the announcement that for the first time in history at a multi-sport games, there would be an equal number of medals available for men and women.

The addition of seven women’s events and categories across weightlifting, boxing and cycling to the program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, means for the first time there will be 50/50 parity in medals to be won by men and women, a first in Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games history.

The announcement was confirmed at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly currently being held in Edmonton, and supported by a local announcement in Brisbane this morning by the Honourable Minister for the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe, alongside Australian athletes including diver Georgia Sheehan.

Australian Commonwealth Games Association CEO Craig Phillips said the ACGA was pleased to have played a leading role in the decision.



The Coolangatta beachfront will host the venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) Beach Volleyball competition, the Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe, announced today. The sport secured a spot in the Gold Coast 2018 sports program after an historic agreement was signed in March this year between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC). Its staging in a temporary stadium at the city’s southern-most beachside location means that spectacular television images of the Gold Coast’s iconic coastline will be seen by some 1.5 billion people across the world over the course of the April 4-15 2018 event. “The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches will be a huge drawcard during the Games, but the Beach Volleyball at Coolangatta will take things to a whole new level for Gold Coasters and the thousands of visitors who will experience this iconic sport in such a beautiful part of the world,” Minister Hinchliffe said. “After a city-wide scout, Coolangatta was chosen, in part for its capacity to accommodate the infrastructure needed to meet international federation guidelines. “The final preparations and precise location and associated logistics of a temporary stadium can now proceed in full consultation with the sport’s governing body, the Southern Gold Coast community and key Games Delivery Partners,” Minister Hinchliffe said. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters said there had been great consideration given to the location for the Beach Volleyball competition.

“There is a significant space requirement for this event and much more than meets the eye when it comes to technical delivery – right down to the consistency and grade of sand on the court. “Coolangatta is a great location for Beach Volleyball and with the magnificent beach and city skyline it is just another opportunity for the destination to be showcased all over the world,” Mr Peters said. Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Vice President, Bruce Robertson said as an additional sport on the sports program of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Beach Volleyball will engage more communities, athletes, partners and broadcasters. “With the Gold Coast skyline as its backdrop, we’re certain the Beach Volleyball at GC2018 will be a spectacular showcase for the destination on the world sporting stage,” Mr Robertson said. Volleyball Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mathieu Meriaux agreed. “We were absolutely delighted when Beach Volleyball was added to the GC2018 sport program and I am very confident the stands at the Coolangatta venue will be filled with fans from all over the Commonwealth. “And when there is a break in competition they will be taking great photos of the beautiful views and beaches to send to friends and family,” Mr Meriaux said. Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) Chief Executive Officer, Craig Phillips suggested the location at the southern end of the Gold Coast was ideal for the event’s debut adding it would also attract spectators from northern New South Wales. Having just returned from the CGF Oceania Regional meeting in Vanuatu, Mr Phillips also said the sentiment from the Pacific regions was one of genuine excitement at Beach Volleyball’s inclusion in the GC2018 sport program. Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate welcomed the announcement. “What better way to showcase Beach Volleyball at our Games than stage it at one of the world’s most spectacular beaches. “Hosting the Beach Volleyball at Coolangatta will not only show off the beauty of the southern end of the city to the world, it will also provide a great boost for local businesses there. “Beach Volleyball at Coolangatta will be one of the jewels of our Games,” Mayor Tate said. It is the first time Beach Volleyball will feature in a Commonwealth Games with the GC2018 sports program increasing from 17 to 18 sports – the largest sport program in the Games history.



A loveable koala with fur the colour of the ocean and a passion for surfing and adventure was spectacularly revealed this morning as the mascot for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018). Borobi – the indigenous Yugambeh language word for koala – will play a key role in welcoming the athletes of the world and bringing to life the true spirit of the Games. It is the first time a koala has been chosen as the mascot of a major Australian multisport event. Inspired by a drawing by Brisbane school teacher Merrilyn Krohn, the winner of the GC2018 Mascot Design Competition, Borobi’s outgoing and positive personality will invite the world to Share the Dream™ of GC2018. This morning’s nationally televised arrival on the beach at Burleigh Heads on Queensland’s Gold Coast comes exactly two years to the day to the Opening Ceremony of the 4-15 April 2018 sports spectacular. Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Borobi has enormous appeal and is proving an instant hit. “Borobi is a very special and unique koala whose personality embodies all the values of the Gold Coast and the Australian way of life,” Minister Hinchliffe said. “He is fun, approachable, determined, passionate and active. “There is no doubt he will become an endearing personality of GC2018 and hugely popular with people of all ages,” he said. Minister Hinchliffe said koalas were a popular choice for many who entered the mascot design competition. “A large number of koala drawings were submitted in the competition, more than any other animal, proving just how popular this iconic Australian marsupial is and what a great choice we’ve made in Borobi,” he said. Borobi’s hand drawn design took the judges’ eyes because of a number of unique characteristics. That design was then finessed by Brisbane designers SapientNitro and animation specialists Cutting Edge. Winning designer Merrilyn Krohn said designing the mascot was ‘something I thought I could have a go at’. “An idea came to mind as soon as I heard about the competition and I just spent the rest of the day drawing the design,” Merrilyn said. “I add drawings into my teaching. It’s part of connecting with the children and having a laugh with them. “I need to have them draw for their inspiration and that leads on to their writing and their creativity. “If I can demonstrate something to them through drawing, it all follows on from there,” Merrilyn said. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman Nigel Chamier AM said Borobi will have an important role to play over the coming two years. “Mascots have become iconic symbols of the Commonwealth Games, providing an emotional connection between athletes, spectators and the community,” Mr Chamier said. “When we challenged the Australian community to design the GC2018 mascot we were not only overwhelmed by the response and quality of the entries, but by the excitement that was generated by the very chance to create the personality of the Games. “Borobi joins two very memorable mascots from previous Commonwealth Games hosted in Australia, Matilda at the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games and Melbourne 2006’s Karak, a south-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. “As the Commonwealth gets to know Borobi and his life story over the coming two years, they will be carried along on his exciting journey. “And through him they will discover the wonderful values of the Gold Coast and the Australian way of life,” he said. David Grevemberg CBE, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said he is delighted to welcome the addition of Borobi to the Commonwealth Games movement’s long line of loveable mascots. “Borobi will connect athletes, sport and the Games with young people and communities; but far more than a cuddly icon, he’ll promote Australia and powerful messages about its natural and aboriginal heritage to the world,” Mr Grevemberg said. Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate was characteristically excited about Borobi’s arrival. “When residents, visitors, officials, athletes and sponsors reflect on the success of an event such as the Commonwealth Games, their memories of the Games’ official mascot is vital,” Mayor Tate said. “This mascot will bring just the right enthusiasm, fun and energy our city is renowned for and will be part of the lasting legacy of what is shaping to be a great Games. “Borobi will be as memorable to our children as Matilda was to those who enjoyed Brisbane in 1982.’’ (Source: Gold Coast 2018 –



Gold Coast to host largest para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history

The integrated para-sport program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the most extensive in Commonwealth Games history. More than 300 para-sport athletes will compete in 38 medal events in seven sports, including the introduction of para-triathlon and wheelchair marathon for the first time at the Commonwealth Games. The announcement, made by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), coincides with the international Commonwealth Day celebrations today, March 14, and the launch of the 2016 theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’. Minister for the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe joined Australian elite parasport athletes, Evan O’Hanlon OAM, Brenden Hall OAM, Madeleine Hogan OAM, Rowan Crothers and aspiring para-triathlete, Sara Tait at an event in South Bank in Brisbane to announce details of the record-breaking program. Later today, in London, para-athletes will attend the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey and meet Her Majesty the Queen at a special reception at Marlborough House, home of the Commonwealth Secretariat. “Gold Coast 2018 is going for gold to deliver an inclusive Games and will host the largest para-sports program in its history,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “We will be setting a new record in Commonwealth Games sporting history hosting up to 300 para-sport athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports, which is an increase of 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals compared to the para-sport competition staged at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. “I am also pleased to announce there will be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all seven para-sports highlighting the commitment to equality and inclusion at the 2018 Games.” Welcoming the announcement, CGF President Louise Martin CBE said: “With the largest-ever number of para-sport events in Commonwealth sporting history, we are thrilled that Gold Coast 2018 will deliver an ambitious and welcome growth for the inclusive and integrated para-sport competition first presented at a Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002. “Today’s announcement to celebrate ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ ensures that the next edition of the Games will enable sports fans in Australia and across the world to support a record-breaking number of para-athletes at a Commonwealth Games”. The GC2018 para-sport program has been developed by the CGF and GOLDOC in consultation with the International Paralympic Committee and the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) to showcase the best para-sport in the Commonwealth. The sports to be contested during the April 4 – 15 2018 event are; Athletics, Swimming, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Track Cycling, Table Tennis and Triathlon. The swimming and athletics program will double in size from previous Games. GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said he was delighted to announce that para-triathlon would make its debut at GC2018, building on the great success of the Triathlon competition in Glasgow 2014 and the sport’s increasing profile across the globe. “Para-sport at GC2018 will also reach its widest ever audience as the first ever wheelchair marathon (T54) at a Commonwealth Games takes to the streets and communities of the Gold Coast as part of the free road events.” Commenting on the announcement, renowned World, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games champion, Kurt Fearnley AM said: “I am so proud and can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate Commonwealth Day and ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, than this exciting announcement today.” Underpinning the new proposals, the sports program innovations in Transformation 2022, the CGF’s new strategic plan, ensures that member associations are supported and subsidised to enable them to send larger para-sport teams to GC2018 than any other Commonwealth Games. Sir Philip Craven MBE, President of the International Paralympic Committee said: “It is fantastic news for all Commonwealth para-athletes that Gold Coast 2018 will stage the biggest para-sport program to date at a Commonwealth Games. At Glasgow 2014 the para-sport events were extremely popular and I am sure the Australian crowds will turn-out in force to see some of the best athletes in the world line-up across seven sports.” City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the expanded GC2018 para-sport program would set the benchmark for future host cities. “A fantastic legacy from our Games would be for other host cities to also adopt an expanded para-sport program,” said Cr Tate. “Having more world class athletes here competing at the pinnacle of their sport is great for our Games and great for the spectators.” (Via CGF / GOLDOC Media Release) ACGA thrilled with expansion of the para-sport program. The Australian Commonwealth Games Association welcomes the news of the expansion of the para-sport program. ACGA Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips said since the full integration of parasport events in Manchester in 2002 para-sport athletes have been a key part of Australia’s Commonwealth Games teams. “We are looking forward to an increased presence on the Gold Coast in 2018,” Phillips said. “Australian Commonwealth Games teams are about performance, opportunity and inclusiveness. When they assemble every four years they bring together our very best athletes in Commonwealth Games sports, including para-sport athletes. Our inclusiveness is a potent symbol for the Australian community.” “We know the strength of our para-sport athletes will be a significant contributor to the Australian team’s return to its place at the top of the medal tally.” Gold Coast Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti said it was great to see the CGF expanding the para-sport programme with so many more athletes and medals available. “It’s a wonderful announcement and another example of the Commonwealth Games Federation being at the forefront of inclusiveness in sport, Moneghetti said. “It provides further opportunities for Australian athletes to participate which is a good thing and I believe it will add to our competitiveness at the Games.” “We always promote the Commonwealth Games as the “Friendly Games’ and see them as being an inclusive event and this is strong proof of that being true.” “I might be a bit biased but I can¹t wait to see the first ever wheelchair marathon (T54) at the Gold Coast Games.” The 38 para-sport events are:  Aquatics (Swimming): (W) S8 50m Freestyle, S9 100m Freestyle, SB9 100m Breaststroke, SM10 200m IM, S7 50m Butterfly, S9 100m Backstroke / (M) S9 100m Freestyle, S9 100m Backstroke, S7 50m Freestyle, SB8 100m Breaststroke, SM8 200m IM, S14 200m Freestyle  Athletics: (W) T54 Marathon, T54 1500m, T38 Long Jump, T38 100m, T35 100m, F46 Javelin / (M) T54 Marathon, T54 1500m, T12 100m, T38 100m, T47 100m, F38 Shot Put  Cycling (Track): (W) Sprint B&VI, 1000m Time Trial B&VI / (M) Sprint B&VI, 1000m Time Trial B&VI  Lawn Bowls Men/Women: B2/B3 Mixed Pairs and B6/B7/B8 Open Triples  Powerlifting: (W) Lightweight, Heavyweight / (M) Lightweight, Heavyweight  Table Tennis: (W) TT10, (M) TT10  Triathlon: (W) PT1, (M) PT1


Media Release Thursday, 10 March 2016

Moneghetti to lead Australian 2018 Commonwealth Games team

Australian marathon great Steve Moneghetti will lead the Australian team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, following his appointment as Chef de Mission. It will be Moneghetti’s third Games as head of the Australian delegation, having led the Australian team in both Delhi in 2011 and Glasgow in 2014. The 53-year-old becomes just the second person to lead a team to three games, joining Commonwealth Games doyen, the late Arthur Tunstall, who was chef de mission at four Games, with including three consecutive editions in 1986, 1990 and 1994. Moneghetti has a long association with the Commonwealth Games that began in 1986, when as a 23-year-old he was selected in his first Australian team for Edinburgh. By the end of his illustrious career Moneghetti had represented Australia at four Commonwealth Games, taking home a complete set of medals in the marathon – bronze in Edinburgh 1986, silver in Auckland 1990 and gold in Victoria 1994 before adding a bronze in the 10,000m in Kuala Lumpur 1998. After joining the team management as an athlete liaison officer in Manchester in 2002, he was appointed Mayor of the Commonwealth Games Village in Melbourne, before becoming Chef de Mission in Delhi and Glasgow To be staged from 4-15 April 2018, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will feature 18 sports across 12 days of sporting and cultural festivities. The sport list grew by one this week, with the addition of beach volleyball to the Games program. The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) expects to send the largest team to ever compete in a Commonwealth Games campaign. It’s anticipated that 450 athletes will represent Australia, surpassing the 425 who competed in Melbourne in 2006 and the 409 who competed in Glasgow two years ago. ACGA Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips said Moneghetti was a popular team leader who epitiomises the Commonwealth Games ethos of uniting the Commonwealth family through sport. “Steve Moneghetti has done a brilliant job in galvanising the Australian team at the past two Commonwealth Games,” Phillips said. “He is respected by all the athletes who know that he understands what they need and how they feel when they enter the Games village as part of the Australian Commonwealth Games team.” “And as part of that, Steve will play a key role in ensuring the needs of the Australian athletes are met. He will lead our planning visits with the Gold Coast 2018 organisers which continue with our first full site visit next month.” Moneghetti said he was looking forward to the opportunity to lead the Australian team at his third Games and his first on home soil. “The Gold Coast Games presents another superb opportunity for Australian athletes to compete on home soil, in front of a home crowd, and I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the team,” Moneghetti said. “Our aim is to get back to number one after England well and truly beat us in Glasgow. Certainly the inclusion of beach volleyball will help that but we have a huge task, which will no doubt be helped by the home ground advantage.” The Australian Commonwealth Games Association will support the preparation of the Australian team via the Gold Coast GOLD 2018 team preparation and NextGEN AUSComGames programs. This builds on successful Team preparation programs first introduced for Melbourne 2006. Through the TARGET 2006, DELHI 2010 and GO GLASGOW 2014 programs the ACGA has provided in excess of $21 million in funding support to its member sports and their athletes. This is in addition to the costs met by the ACGA for the Australian team to participate at the Commonwealth Games. For Gold Coast 2018, the ACGA has committed $10 million to prepare athletes for Commonwealth Games competition. $2 million of this funding is allocated to a Direct Athlete Support program through which the ACGA will directly fund athletes expected to compete and win medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This Direct Athlete Support program is scheduled to commence in the middle of 2016. Established in 1996, to date over $8 million has been provided in grants to NextGEN athletes from program sports. The funding has enabled NextGEN athletes to gain valuable international competition experience prior to selection and participation in Australian Commonwealth and Australian Commonwealth Youth Games teams. $2.9 million has been committed by the ACGA to assist NextGEN AUSComGames athletes in the lead up to the Gold Coast with a focus on junior athletes who do not receive funding via the Australian Sports Commission’s Winning Edge program. The Gold Coast sports program will include 18 sports: Athletics, Aquatics (swimming and diving), Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (road, mountain and track), Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. The fully integrated Para-Sports program will be announced later this month.


Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to serve up Beach Volleyball competition In a Commonwealth Games first, Beach Volleyball has scored a spot in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) sports program. The historic agreement between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Queensland Government, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) will extend the GC2018 sports program for the first time from 17 to 18 sports. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the decision which was approved by the CGF Executive Board following a special request from the Minister for the Commonwealth Games and GOLDOC. “I am proud my Government has been able to work with the Commonwealth Games Federation to expand the sports program and add Beach Volleyball to the GC2018 schedule,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “The Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches are a huge Games drawcard and Beach Volleyball is the perfect sporting fit for the 2018 program. “The Games is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase Queensland to the world and with Beach Volleyball now locked in to make its Commonwealth Games debut, vision of the Gold Coast’s iconic beaches will be beamed to an audience of over 1.5 billion people around the world.” Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Games partners are in the process of assessing suitable Gold Coast locations. “The Gold Coast has some of the best beaches in the world, which is why we have campaigned strongly to the Commonwealth Games Federation to include Beach Volleyball as part of the sporting program in 2018,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “Games partners will scout a location that showcases our magnificent beaches, but also is accessible and has the capacity to house the temporary infrastructure needed to meet international federation guidelines. “I am confident that preparations will proceed quickly in full consultation with the community and key partners.” CGF President Louise Martin CBE also endorsed the decision.

“The CGF Executive Board is delighted to approve the inclusion of Beach Volleyball in the sports program of the XXI Commonwealth Games, which will allow nations to compete in more sports, engage and inspire spectators, broadcasters and commercial partners, and create a spectacular sporting showcase for the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia on the world stage,” Ms Martin said. “This innovative, collaborative initiative, undertaken and initiated by the Gold Coast 2018 delivery partners with support from the CGF, is a fantastic example of the collective ambitions set out in the CGF’s Transformation 2022 strategic plan and we look forward to experiencing Beach Volleyball for the first time ever at a Commonwealth Games.” GOLDOC Chairman Nigel Chamier AM said Games preparations were on track with arrangements well advanced on the sporting, commercial and infrastructure programs. “This announcement is a great outcome that will only add to what is already an exciting program,” Mr Chamier said. “The people of the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia can expect amazing venues, incredible sport and a lifetime of memories.” ACGA President Sam Coffa AM JP was pleased to support the inclusion of Beach Volleyball. “Beach Volleyball is a perfect addition to the 2018 program. We know it’s popular throughout the Commonwealth, particularly with our neighbours in the Pacific,” Mr Coffa said. Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate welcomed the addition of Beach Volleyball to the GC2018 sports program. “Nothing says quintessential Gold Coast like Beach Volleyball, so I’m pleased it will be part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” said Cr Tate. “Beach Volleyball will showcase our fantastic beaches and beach lifestyle to the world.” Volleyball Australia President Craig Carracher said he was very excited about the expansion of the Games program to include Beach Volleyball. “There is no better cultural fit for this sport than the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast and this will provide a great opportunity to contribute to the Australian medal tally,” Mr Carracher said. “We are very thankful for the strong support shown by the Premier and Minister for the Commonwealth Games, GOLDOC, the ACGA, the CGF President and Executive Board and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).” The GC2018 sports program will include the following 18 sports: Athletics, Aquatics (swimming and diving), Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (road, mountain and track), Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. The final GC2018 fully integrated Para-Sports program will be announced later this month. The events will be staged across 18 competition venues with 14 sports on the Gold Coast, two in Brisbane (Shooting and Track Cycling), one in Cairns (Basketball Preliminaries) and one in Townsville (Basketball Preliminaries). Video and images can be downloaded from the GC2018 Brand Hub.



Up to 15,000 volunteers who apply to help stage the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be trained by TAFE Queensland to ensure the recruits are ‘Games-ready’.

TAFE Queensland today signed on as a GC2018 Official Training Partner to deliver practical training to thousands of volunteers and support the delivery of the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade.

Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said the state’s vocational education and training provider would help deliver a well-trained volunteer-force for the Games.

“Volunteers are the unsung heroes of major sporting events and provide support to athletes, officials, spectators and the Games workforce,” Ms D’Ath said.

“They are the heart and soul of the Games and will be pivotal to its success and subsequent legacy.

“To have TAFE Queensland as the official vocational education and training partner means we can be assured the GC2018 volunteers will be trained to the absolute highest standard by a trusted and experienced training provider.”

Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the partnership with TAFE Queensland would ensure the volunteer training for the Games was first-class.
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N30SkGrubVcBe17 year old Tiffany Brodie is enjoying a meteoric rise in the sport of Lawn Bowls with a sensational 12 months being topped off by national selection.

Fitzroy Victoria’s Tiffany Brodie will join 10 of the countries brightest young stars set to represent Australia at next month’s Development Trans-Tasman Test Series in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Brodie was one of 10 Junior Jackaroos Squad members who endured selection trials at Broadbeach Bowls Club in Queensland last week to narrow down four (two girls and two boys) under’18 players to ‘don the green and gold’ in the prestigious Trans-Tasman.

Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge the assistance and funding provided by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association to Bowls Australia for athletes in the 2016 NextGEN AUSComGames Squad program.

NextGEN AUSComGames was devised by the ACGA to provide assistance to junior players who have been identified as potential 2018 and/or 2022 Commonwealth Games level athletes.

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Two of Australia’s greatest swimmers, Olympic champions Jon Henricks and Lorraine Thurlow (nee Crapp), will gathered at the North Sydney Olympic Pool on Thursday 5 November, to present the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) with a never-before-seen film shot during their 1954 North American tour – including rare footage of the Australian team’s participation in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.

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1zIlbrfzkje3fArguably Australia’s greatest ever diver, Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Mitcham, has today announced he is retiring from the sport.

27-year-old Matthew said the time is right to hang up the togs. “I’ve had a really good run, and I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to do what I love for as long as I have,” he said.

“I have achieved everything I hoped for, including the big three – Olympic Gold in 2008, World Number One in 2010, and Commonwealth Gold in 2014 – which could never have happened without all the help I’ve had along the way.

“Above all, nothing has made me prouder than being able to represent my Country and my Community at the highest level of sport. The support from the public has been overwhelming, and I’m extremely grateful for that, too.”




X5FaX4aTQ950KAthletics Australia High Performance Director, Simon Nathan, has today confirmed the appointment of experienced coach Ken Green as the Gold Coast GOLD Endurance Coach. To be based full-time at the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS), the role will see Green coach his personal squad and help support other endurance coaches across the nation, with the aim of ensuring green and gold success at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast (Qld) in 2018. “Ken has a long history of successfully coaching the endurance events, highlighted by his many appointments to coaching positions on the Australian athletics team and his guiding of athletes including James Nipperess, Jack Stapleton and Kate Spencer to the Australian Flame and Australian Spark teams in recent years,” Nathan said. “The role presents Ken, and athletics in Australia, with a fantastic opportunity to build upon our great history of success in the endurance events and we thank the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and the NSWIS for their financial contributions that have made the recruitment of this position possible.” The Gold Coast GOLD Endurance Coach role has been made possible by the Gold Coast GOLD Program of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and the New South Wales Institute of Sport. One of two high performance coaching roles made possible through the Gold Coast GOLD program, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association’s support of Athletics Australia will also see increased competition opportunities for athletes at international events and the continued development of Australia’s junior athletes through the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad. “We are committed to Australian athletes returning to the top of the medal tally on the Gold Coast in 2018 and staying there for future Games. Our Gold Coast GOLD and NextGEN programs are the key initiatives we are undertaking to make this a reality,” Craig Phillips, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association CEO, said. The role is part-funded by the New South Wales Institute of Sport, who have included the position to their already broad Track & Field program based at Sydney Olympic Park. Designed to support Australian athletes to become the world’s best in conjunction with Athletics Australia, the NSWIS Track & Field program provides training facilities and support services to improve athlete development with a view to supporting the daily training environment needs of our athletes in pursuit of national representation and international success. “The Gold Coast GOLD Program is a fantastic initiative, and as an Institute we are proud that our involvement will have a direct impact on supporting national coaching initiatives and directly impacting athlete performance,” Jon Turnbull, NSWIS Manager, High Performance Services, and Track & Field Sport Leader, said. “Ken is a highly respected coach and having him based here in Sydney will not only strengthen the partnership between the NSWIS and Athletics Australia, but also allow Australia’s best athletes and coaches to access the world class facilities and services on offer at the Institute.” Green will commence in the position of Gold Coast GOLD Endurance Coach immediately