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The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Gold Coast 2018, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4 and 15 April 2018. The winning bid was announced in Basseterre, Saint Kitts on 11 November 2011. It will be the fifth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games.

XXI Commonwealth Games
2018 Commonwealth Games.svg
Logo of 2018 Commonwealth Games
Host city Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Motto Share the Dream
Nations participating 71 Commonwealth Teams
Events 275 in 19 sports
Opening ceremony 4 April
Closing ceremony 15 April
Main venue Carrara Stadium


Host city selection processEdit

Countdown clock at Surfers Paradise

On 22 August 2008, the Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, officially launched Gold Coast City's bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018. On 7 April 2009, the ABC reported a land exchange deal between Gold Coast City and State of Queensland for Carrara Stadium. According to Mayor Ron Clarke, the land would aid a potential bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The land exchanged would be used as the site of an aquatics centre. In the same article, Mayor Clarke raised the question of the Australian Federal Government's commitment to a 2018 Commonwealth Games bid in light of the Government's support for Australia's 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals bid.[1] On 16 April 2009, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told reporters that a successful Commonwealth Games bid by Gold Coast City could help the tourist strip win a role in hosting the World Cup.[2]

"Some of the infrastructure that would be built for the Commonwealth Games will be useful for Gold Coast City to get a World Cup game out of the soccer World Cup if we're successful as a nation," she said. However the decision on the venues for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups were made eleven months prior to the bid decision for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, so the potential World Cup venues had already been chosen. On 3 June 2009, Gold Coast City was confirmed as Australia's exclusive bidder vying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[3] "Should a bid proceed, Gold Coast City will have the exclusive Australian rights to bid as host city for 2018," Bligh stated.

"Recently I met with the president and CEO of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and we agreed to commission a full and comprehensive feasibility study into the potential for the 2018 Commonwealth Games," she said. "Under the stewardship of Queensland Events new chair, Geoff Dixon, that study is now well advanced." On 15 March 2010, it was announced that the Queensland Government will provide initial funding of A$11 million for the 2018 Commonwealth Games bid. The Premier of Queensland has indicated the Government's support for the bid to the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.[4] On 31 March 2010, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association officially launched the bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[5] In October 2011, Gold Coast City Mayor Ron Clarke stated that the games would provide a strong legacy for the city after the games have ended.[6]

On 31 March 2010, a surprise bid was made for the 2018 Commonwealth Games by the Sri Lankan city of Hambantota. Hambantota was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and is undergoing a major face lift. The first phase of the Port of Hambantota is nearing completion and it is funded by the government of China. The Mattala International Airport, which is the second international Airport of Sri Lanka is built close to Hambantota. A new Hambantota International Cricket Stadium had also been built, which had hosted matches in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

On 10 November, the Hambantota bidders claimed they had already secured enough votes to win the hosting rights.[7] However, on 11 November it was officially announced Gold Coast City had won the rights to host the games.[8][9]

2018 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Country Votes
Gold Coast City   Australia 43
Hambantota   Sri Lanka 27


In February 2012, Mark Peters was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast City 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.[10] The Queensland Government Minister tasked with overseeing the Games is Kate Jones.[11]



The concept image for Carrara Stadium and Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre.

One of the key technical aspects of Gold Coast City's successful bid was the fact that the city already has 80 percent of the planned venues in place. The vast majority of venues are located within 20-minutes driving time of the Athletes Village in Parkwood and are broadly grouped into three areas; Central Gold Coast City, North Gold Coast City and South Gold Coast City. The only sports that will be held outside of Gold Coast City will be track cycling and the preliminary rounds of Basketball which will be held in Brisbane and Cairns/Townsville respectively, along with the shooting which will be held in neighbouring Belmont.[12]

Athletes villageEdit

2018 Commonwealth Games Village

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village will provide accommodation and services to 6600 athletes and official in a purpose built 1252 permanent dwellings: 1170 one and two bedroom apartments and 82 three bedroom townhouses at Southport, Gold Coast.[13]


The Gold Coast light rail system, connects directly a number of the key games venues including the Gold Coast City Aquatic Centre, Broadwater Parklands and the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre with the major accommodation centres of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and the Athletes Village at Parklands. An extension to the system was announced in October 2015, connecting the then current terminus at Gold Coast University Hospital to the railway line to Brisbane at Helensvale. The extension opened in December 2017 well before the games.[14]

Participating Commonwealth Games AssociationsEdit

There are 70 participating nations scheduled to compete at 2018 Commonwealth Games.[15] Maldives were scheduled to participate, but in October 2016, they withdrew from the Commonwealth.[16] A decision on whether to readmit Gambia will be taken on March 31.[17]

Nations expected to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast
Participating Commonwealth Games Associations

Number of athletes by Commonwealth Games AssociationEdit


The current regulations state that from the 26 approved sports administered by Commonwealth Governing Bodies, a minimum of ten core sports and maximum of seventeen sports must be included in any Commonwealth Games schedule. The current approved sports include the 10 core sports: athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball (for women), rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting. Integrated disabled competitions are also scheduled for the Games in nine sports: swimming, athletics, cycling, table tennis, powerlifting and lawn bowls. Along these events for the first time EAD events in triathlon will be held, with the medals being added to the final tally for each nation. A record 38 para events will be contested at these games.[18] On 8 March 2016, Beach Volleyball was announced as the 18th sport.[19]

The program will be broadly similar to that of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the major changes being the dropping of judo, the reintroduction of basketball, the debut of women's rugby sevens and beach volleyball.[20]

On 7 October 2016, it was announced seven new events for women were added to the sport program, meaning there will be an equal number of events for men and women. This marks the first time in history that a major multi-sport event will have equality in terms of events. In total 275 events in 18 sports will be contested.[21][22]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sport.


OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
April 4
Ceremonies OC CC N/A
  Athletics 4 7 8 7 10 9 9 4 58
  Badminton 1 5 6
  Basketball 1 1 2
  Beach volleyball 2 2
  Boxing 16 16
  Mountain biking 2 2
  Road cycling 2 2 4
  Track cycling 6 4 6 4 20
  Diving 3 2 3 2 10
  Artistic 1 1 2 5 5 14
  Rhythmic 1 1 4 6
  Hockey 2 2
  Lawn bowls 2 2 1 2 3 10
  Netball 1 1
  Powerlifting 4 4
  Rugby sevens 2 2
  Shooting 3 3 3 3 1 3 3 19
  Squash 2 1 2 5
  Swimming 7 9 8 8 9 9 50
  Table tennis 1 1 1 4 2 9
  Triathlon 2 3 5
  Weightlifting 3 3 3 3 4 16
  Wrestling 4 4 4 12
Daily medal events 19 17 21 33 35 26 17 23 26 44 14 275
Cumulative total 19 36 57 90 125 151 168 191 217 261 275
April 4th
Total events




The official motto for the 2018 Commonwealth Games is "Share the Dream". It was chosen to highlight the dreams and experience at the games that were shared by participants of the games, ranging from athletes to volunteers and the host country Australia to the world including the Commonwealth nations.[23]


The emblem of the 2018 Commonwealth Games is a sihoulette of the skyline and landscape of the Gold Coast, the host city of the games. It was chosen to represent the vibrancy, warmth, friendliness, energy and joy in the city, as well as the competitive spirit of the athletes who are welcomed to the city to participate in the games.[24]


Borobi was named as the mascot of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in 2016.[25] Borobi is a blue koala, with indigenous markings on its body. The term "borobi" is an Aboriginal term for koala.


At a charity gala held on 4 November 2017, the medals for the games were officially unveiled. Australian Indigenous artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins designed the medals, while they were produced by the Royal Australian Mint. The design of the medals was inspired by the coastline of Gold Coast along with Indigenous culture.[26] Furthermore Cockatoo-Collins mentioned, "the medal design represents soft sand lines which shift with every tide and wave, also symbolic of athletic achievement, The continual change of tide represents the evolution in athletes who are making their mark, Records are made and special moments of elation are celebrated". Approximately 1,500 medals will be created to be distributed to the medalists and each measures approximately 63 millimeters in diameter. The medals weight between 138 and 163 grams.[27]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Bligh pushes bids for Games, World Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Gold Coast gets sole right to bid for 2018 Commonwealth Games". Brisbane Times. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Lappeman, Sue (15 March 2010). "Coast Games bid up and running". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Lappeman, Sue (31 March 2010). "Coast Commonwealth Games bid backed". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Degun, Tom (23 October 2011). "Legacy benefits to Gold Coast of 2018 Commonwealth Games will be huge, says city's Mayor". Inside the Games. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Ardern, Lucy (11 November 2011). "Sri Lanka boasting of Games bid win". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Candidate City Manual" (PDF). Commonwealth Games Federation. December 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Ardern, Lucy (13 November 2011). "Coast wins 2018 Commonwealth Games". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Willoughby,, Shannon. "Mark Peters named as Games CEO". Gold Coast News, 18 February 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Palaszczuk, Annastacia (10 February 2017). "Kate Jones appointed Minister for the Commonwealth Games" (Press release). Brisbane: Queensland Government. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Sporting venues". Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Games Village". Embracing 2018. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Stage two of Gold Coast light rail on track for Commonwealth Games". Queensland Government. 11 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "71 Nations and Territories. 6 Continents. 2 Billion citizens. 1 commonwealth family". Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  16. ^ Mackay, Duncan (14 October 2016). "Maldives set to miss Gold Coast 2018 after resigning from Commonwealth". Dunsar Media. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Gold Coast 2018 to host largest Commonwealth para-sport programme". International Paralympic Committee. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Exclusive: Beach volleyball to be played at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Women's rugby added to Commonwealth Games". Rogers Media. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Level playing field for women at 2018 Commonwealth Games". The Scotsman. Edinburgh, Scotland. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  22. ^ McKay, Duncan (7 October 2016). "Gold Coast 2018 to offer same amount of medals for men and women after seven events added". Dunsar Media. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "The Games". 
  24. ^ "Emblem". 
  25. ^ Larkins, Damien (3 April 2016). "Blue koala Borobi revealed as mascot for 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games". ABC News (Australia). Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  26. ^ Crockford, Toby (4 November 2017). "Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medals revealed". Brisbane Times. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  27. ^ Pavitt, Michael (4 November 2017). "Gold Coast 2018 reveal medal designs for Commonwealth Games at charity gala". Dunsar Media. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 

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