Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
The countdown is on for the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018)! Held between April 4-15, it will feature the largest integrated sports program in Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.
Core Commonwealth Games sports
The core sport program for each Games is determined by the Commonwealth Games Federation and comprises 10 core sports, which include:
- Aquatics (Swimming and Diving)
- Lawn Bowls
- Netball (women)
- Rugby 7’s
Optional GC2018 sports
The Gold Coast as a candidate city then selects up to a further seven sports chosen from a list of optional sports provided by and approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation. This year’s includes:
- Shooting (Clay Target, Full Bore, Pistol and Small Bore)
- Table Tennis
- Cycling (Road, Time Trial, Track and Mountain Bike)
The largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history
GC2018 plans to set a new Commonwealth Games record by hosting up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports – an increase it says is 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals compared to the para-sport competition held in Glasgow in 2014.
Athletics, Swimming, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Track Cycling, Table Tennis and Triathlon will all be contested during the April 4–15, 2018 event. The swimming and athletics programs will double in size from previous Games, while Paratriathlon will make its debut.
The Games isn’t just about sport but will also include 12 action-packed days of free cultural experiences spaning music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film from the Gold Coast and across the globe. Festival highlights include performances by Amy Shark and Thundamentals and the world premiere of The Spirit of Churaki.