June 29, 2016 Emerging Rugby Sevens talent given Comm Games boost All eyes, understandably so, are on Rugby Sevens' debut at the Summer Olympics in Rio in August.

However, in the background at Sevens HQ, planning is well underway for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 HSBC Sevens World Series as well as the XXI Commonwealth Games.

Conor Mitchell, a XVs backrower, has been identified as a Commonwealth Games prospect, captaining a development squad that put the national side to the test in a pre-Rio hitout.

"We came together on the morning of the first game and kind of expected we'd be on the wrong end of a [big] score," the 22-year-old fromthe University of Queensland said.

"However, as we became more familiar with each other, the performances naturally improved."

After the series, national captain Ed Jenkins had some encouraging words for the emerging players that really hit home for Mitchell.

"It was very nice of Ed [Jenkins] to say such kind things - we came together at short notice and it was wonderful to get recognition from the national captain. It gave us all huge confidence and boosted our self-esteem. It proved we do have what it takes to take things to the next level - we were given a platform to prove ourselves and I think most of us did that."

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) is supporting the national Sevens program via its Gold Coast 'GOLD' 2018 Team Preparation Program, with the funding received by ACGA allowing for more resources to be devoted to development players and staff, bringing players through.

"There are amazing opportunities in sevens these days," says Mitchell, who himself made his World Series debut in Vancouver in April this year. "There are now different pathways to representing your country and playing Sevens is one of them.

“There are now all different sorts of players playing the game - you need players that can take restarts, be agile, forwards that are big, strong ball carriers, and quick players in the backs - each player has their own area of expertise.

"My aim in the short-term is to break into the Sevens set-up and earn a contract that will help me play in more World Series tournaments. The Commonwealth Games is in two years, in my home state, and there would be no greater thrill than playing in a multi-sport event in front of my family and friends.

"I also have ambitions of representing Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - it'll obviously be the second time Rugby would be part of the Summer Olympic program by then so there'll be even more awareness around the game than there is for Rio.”

Australian Men's Sevens coach Andy Friend gives his thoughts on five next generation Sevens prospects

Josh Coward
"A little half with very good feet and a very good kicker. He has terrific skills and game awareness. He comes from Melbourne but is now up in Brisbane playing for Sunnybank. He's a good talker - like all scrum-halves - and is an outstanding prospect."

Tim Anstee
"If I were to compare him to a current Sevens rep, it'd be Tom Cusack. He gets around the park well, is a strong tackler and is good at receiving restarts."

Conor Mitchell
"Conor is on an EPS contract at the moment and I was delighted to hand him his national Sevens debut earlier this year. He's an uncompromising forward who boasts a very good workrate."

Tom Connor
"He plays for Warringah and has toured with Tribe 7s so he has had the opportunity to hone his skills overseas. He's a forward that is tough over the ball and combative."

Brandon Quinn
"A member of our development squad and a winger for Gordon in the Sydney Shute Shield competition. Brandon has good speed and is elusive with ball in hand. He's also a brave defender."
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June 15, 2016 Australian Commonwealth Games Association APPOINTS GENERAL MANAGERS AHEAD OF GOLD COAST 2018 The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) today announced the appointment of three General Managers as part of its push towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The appointees to the General Manager roles are:

Dianne (Di) O’Neill - Corporate
Jonathon Monasso - Marketing & Communications
Tim Mahon - Team Performance

Di O’Neill has most recently been the Senior Manager, Finance and Business Operations at Gymnastics Australia following an extensive 20 year career in sports management in gymnastics, cricket and V8 super car racing. O’Neill was a member of Team Headquarters for the Australian Team to Glasgow 2014.

Jonathon Monasso joins the ACGA following a successful stint with Australian Football League (AFL) club Sydney Swans. Most recently Monasso was the Swans’ General Manager, Communications – a position he held from March 2012 to January 2016.

Tim Mahon is currently the High Performance Manager for Shooting Australia – a position he has held since 2013. Mahon has been involved in high performance sport for more than 20 years, holding positions with the Victorian Institute of Sport, Western Australian Institute of Sport and the New Zealand Academy of Sport. He was Section Manager of Australia’s highly successful shooting team at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“Di, Jonathon and Tim join the ACGA at a very important time in its history. I am excited about the prospect of working with them” said ACGA CEO Craig Phillips.

“Their individual skills and experiences will complement each other extremely well. They will contribute greatly to returning Australia to the position of number 1 Commonwealth Games nation” Phillips said.

O’Neill and Monasso join the ACGA on 4 July while Mahon will commence on 3 October following the completion of his team management commitments with the Australian Olympic and Paralympic Teams to Rio. By agreement with Shooting Australia, Mahon will undertake project work with the ACGA commencing in late June. Read More.
June 09, 2016 New Home for CGF as Her Majesty The Queen Launches New Commonwealth Hub Her Majesty The Queen today launched a new Commonwealth Hub which will bring Commonwealth organisations, including the Commonwealth Games Federation, together in the same location to create a collaborative, dynamic and innovative way of working.

The three Commonwealth organisations that will move to a new combined centre of Commonwealth activity – Marlborough House and Quadrant House – are the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. It is expected that other Commonwealth organisations will join the hub in due course with Quadrant House being renamed Commonwealth House.

The Queen officially launched the new Hub during a visit to Marlborough House ahead of her official 90th birthday celebrations which will take place this weekend and will be attended by representatives from 53 Commonwealth countries. As part of the celebrations, CGF President Louise Martin CBE introduced Her Majesty to Commonwealth athletes Sasha Corbin, Helen Housby and Ali Glasse-Davies.

The new Commonwealth Hub will help to deliver the Secretary-General's vision to work more closely with all Commonwealth organisations to honour the values of the Commonwealth charter and the commitments on health, education, climate change, good governance, equality and the rule of law in the Sustainable Development Goals and COP 21. It also delivers one of the CGF’s Transformation 2022 goals, to co-locate and align with Commonwealth organisations to maximise collaboration opportunities.

The Commonwealth Hub will bring the Commonwealth Games to the heart of the Commonwealth headquarters and will encourage more young people to become engaged in Commonwealth issues. It will also provide a focal point for reaching to mayors and elected councillors and their local communities right across the Commonwealth. Other plans for the Commonwealth Hub include an education centre in the newly named Commonwealth House.

The CGF will move from its current premises in London’s Old Street over the summer.

Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General, said:
“I’m delighted to welcome Her Majesty to launch this coming together of the Commonwealth family in a new Commonwealth Hub. We’re all working to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Commonwealth Charter so it’s right that we look to cement this relationship with the creation of Commonwealth House.

“I would like to thank the three organisations who have joined us at the start of this journey and I look forward to us being joined by others as we have a better conversation with the public about our priorities as a Commonwealth.”

Louise Martin CBE, Commonwealth Games Federation President, said:
“Partnerships sit at the heart of Transformation 2022, our new vision to move from a four-yearly event cycle to a year-round movement connecting athletes and citizens across the Commonwealth through sport. We rely on and enjoy incredibly positive partnerships with colleagues across the Commonwealth family to promote the Commonwealth, deliver projects or showcase initiatives on the level playing field of sport. I’ve no doubt our combined move to Commonwealth House will realise an inspiring and impactful new era of Commonwealth-wide collaborations and celebrations built on shared values.”

Carl Wright, Commonwealth Local Government Forum Secretary-General, said:
“This Commonwealth hub, based at Commonwealth House, is an exciting development that will help us better coordinate our work with other Commonwealth organisations and provide added value to our members and citizens of the Commonwealth to help deliver development, local government, good governance and a better quality of life for the 2.3 billion citizens we and our members serve.”

Claire Whitaker OBE, Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society, said:
“This is a very exciting moment in the 148 year history of the Royal Commonwealth Society and we are proud to be collaborating with other Commonwealth colleagues on this exciting initiative. The Commonwealth Hub represents an aspirational and exciting step forward for the Commonwealth to make the best possible use of its many and varied assets. I anticipate invigorated collaboration across the Commonwealth family and a more vibrant and creative presence for the Commonwealth itself."

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May 31, 2016 GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES HEADQUARTERS DEDICATED TO THE LEGENDARY RUNNER RON CLARKE Australian middle distance running legend and former Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke AO, MBE was remembered this morning at a special dedication ceremony at the Ashmore headquarters of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).

The former TAFE campus Block A was named The Ron Clarke Building after the 17-time world record holder by the Minister for the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe.

Minister Hinchliffe said the dedication recognised Clarke’s pivotal involvement in the successful bid for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

“There is no doubt the powerful mix of Ron’s status as a world-recognised athlete, combined with his civic leadership assisted the bid greatly,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“Indeed, his personal contribution to that success is one of the key reasons we are standing here today.

“Ron Clarke was unquestionably one of the all-time greats of world middle distance running at a time of enormous depth in the Australian ranks.

“Whilst Ron never won Olympic or Commonwealth gold medal, he without doubt revolutionised his sport with his 17 official world records and showed generations of runners, and people from all walks of life, what could be achieved with hard work and courage,” he said.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC remembered Clarke as a mayor with an athlete’s focus.

“He was a mayor with an extremely strong will who wasn’t afraid of breaking ranks to achieve a noble aim,” Mr Beattie said.

“And as a Commonwealth Games competitor in Perth in 1962, Kingston 1966 and Edinburgh in 1970, he certainly knew what the Games were about.

“I know that then-Premier Anna Bligh and the entire bid team had the highest respect and admiration for what he brought to the table in 2011.

“I certainly shared that admiration.

“As Premier during the first three years of Ron’s mayoralty I found him to be one of the most honest and forthright people to ever visit my office, and an absolute gentleman,” he said.

GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters recalled Clarke’s desire for the 2018 Games to genuinely inspire young people to take an interest in sport and fitness.

“It’s a philosophy GOLDOC was keen to share with Ron and we believe at the end of the day it will be a great shared legacy for our organisation and his memory,” Mr Peters said.

“Ron was always generous with his time with aspiring athletes and his legendary deeds will continue to influence generations of runners for many years to come.

“And to see the reverence in which he was held by visiting Commonwealth Games Association delegates during their visits to the city during the bid process spoke volumes for the awe in which he continued to be held in the global sporting arena,” he said.

Ron’s wife Helen said her husband was thrilled when the bid was won and excited about the possibilities it opened up for the city.

“Many times when he and I spoke about the 2018 Games he did so with his civic hat on,” Mrs Clarke said.

“He was just as excited about the infrastructure he saw going up around him and the changes he could see happening in the city as he was about the sporting competition which, given his athletics background, I think speaks volumes for his genuine love for the Gold Coast,” she said.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Wayne Hickson
GOLDOC
Program Manager Communication and Media
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May 31, 2016 Vale Deirdre Hyland AM The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) is saddened by the news of the passing of Deirdre Hyland AM.

Deirdre passed away over the weekend aged 79. Deirdre is survived by her brother Robin, cousins Renne and Hans Ness and close friend Dot McHugh.

Deirdre was Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1989, for her contribution to Netball and is regarded as one of the sports most distinguished administrators.

Chairman John Bertrand AM said "the change Deirdre brought to the sport of Netball was groundbreaking and confirmed her passion for the game. Dedicating herself for the recognition of netball as an elite sport, her achievements at state and national levels were confirmed when she was not only Inducted into The Sport Australia of Fame, but also The Australian Netball Hall of Fame and The Queensland Hall of Fame”.

“To be recognised in three Halls of Fame around the country is a testimony to Deirdre’s unwavering hard work and desire to strive for the best” John continued. “She will leave behind her a legacy in netball and has paved the way for many administrators”.

(Source: Sport Australia Hall of Fame)

DEIRDRE HYLAND AM – GENERAL MEMBER (ADMINISTRATION – NETBALL)
03/06/1936 - 29/05/2016

Deirdre Hyland was Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1989 as a General Member for her contribution to the sport of netball. Deirdre served netball at state, national and international levels. During her terms of office, great changes in direction, public profile and credibility were achieved for the game and it's players.

Deirdre was president of the Queensland Netball Association (QNA) from 1974 to 1980, the All Australia Netball Association (now Netball Australia) from 1978 to 1988, and the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) from 1987 to 1991.

She managed Australian netball teams on overseas tours in 1978, 1981, and 1982, and was an official delegate at the 6th and 7th world tournaments in 1983 and 1987 respectively. Deirdre was also a board member of the AIS from 1981 to 1983 and the Confederation of Australian Sport from 1987 to 1988. She was chair of the organising committee of the 8th World Netball Championships held in Sydney in 1991.

Deirdre was a lecturer in PE and a member of the Australian Council for Health PE and Recreation, CASCA and the Australian Society of Sport Administrators.

Deirdre was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service to netball in 1990.
In 2008, Deirdre was an inaugural inductee into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame as a General Member and inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame in 2010.

Deirdre, after all of her achievements within the sport, went on to write the book Little Anne, a biography on the life of New South Wales Legend Anne Clarke BEM.

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May 23, 2016 Atos Brings Global Experience to Power the Games The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) today announced that Atos will deliver complex and innovative information technology solutions crucial for the planning and staging of Australia’s largest sporting event in more than a decade.

The solutions will form a critical part of a world class technology environment being implemented by GOLDOC in preparation for and during the Games.

Atos has joined the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) sponsorship family to deliver the comprehensive Games Management System (GMS) and Information Diffusion System (IDS) to power performance at the heart of the Games.

Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe welcomed Atos as an Official Supporter to GC2018.

“As a global technology company, Atos have a proven history of successful delivery of GMS and IDS solutions at major international events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games and London 2012 Olympic Games.

“For GC2018, Atos will manage the delivery of complex and innovative technology solutions and applications through their Games Management System that will support Accreditation Management, the Volunteer Portal, Volunteer Application Form, Sport Entries Management and more. Read More.
May 18, 2016 Coolangatta to host Gold Coast 2018 Beach Volleyball competition 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.

GC2018 sports are 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 GC2018 Para-Sport program comprising seven sports will also be the most extensive para-sport program on record for a Commonwealth Games.

The events will be staged across 18 competition venues with 14 sports on the Gold Coast, two in Brisbane (Shooting and Track Cycling) with preliminary basketball matches played in Cairns and Townsville. Read More.
May 17, 2016 New Commonwealth Games Board Chair and Director to be appointed Former Premier of Queensland Peter Beattie AC will be appointed the new Chair of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Board.

Mr Beattie, who served as Premier from 1998 to 2007, is to be joined on the GOLDOC Board by former editor-in-chief of the Gold Coast Publications Pty Ltd Bob Gordon.

Ms Palaszczuk said the appointments would ensure the 2018 Commonwealth Games would maximise value for the Gold Coast and Queensland.

“The Games will showcase Queensland and its people to an audience of more than 1.5 billion people across the world,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity for our athletes, but it’s also an important opportunity to strengthen trade, tourism and jobs.”

“The Games are already having a significant impact and more than 5700 workers have been engaged on the Games to date".

“The Games are expected to generate 30,000 jobs and inject more than $2 billion into Queensland’s economy.”
Ms Palaszczuk said Peter Beattie and Bob Gordon were passionate Queenslanders with strong connections to the corporate community.

“As Premier, Peter Beattie secured 2001 Goodwill Games and this was another major opportunity to showcase Queensland globally. Through his experience and energy, Peter will help my Government ensure the 2018 Games are the best ever,” she said. Read More.
May 07, 2016

Shooting Australia: Success at Junior World Cup

Members of our NextGen AUSComGames Squad competed in the ISSF Junior World Cup event in Suhl, Germany. This is the third ISSF Junior World Cup in Rifle-Pistol-Shotgun and the first for 2016.

Against the best junior shooting athletes in the World we think their achievements speak for themselves:

• Jake Wallace, Samuel Bylsma and Adam Bylsma: Gold in Trap Men Team Competition
• Jack Wallace: Bronze in Trap Men
• Sergie Evglevski, Thomas Ashmore and Bailey Groves: Bronze in 25M Standard Pistol Men Team Competition
• Stephanie Pile: Bronze in Trap
• Sergei Evglevski: Silver in 25M Rapid Fire Pistol
• Sergei Evglevski, Thomas Ashmore and Bailey Groves: Bronze in the 25M Pistol Team Competition
• Sergei Evglevski: Bronze in 25M Standard Pistol

Also producing strong performances were Sergei Evglevski (fifth in the 25M Pistol), Jack Rossiter (fourth in 10M Air Rifle), and Mitchell Bailey, Jack Rossiter, and Daniel Clopatofsky (sixth in the 50M Rifle Prone Team Competition).

"The future looks bright for our sport," said Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon. “The work with these developing athletes is paying off with outstanding results"

Shooting Australia acknowledges assistance and funding provided by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association that helps us to send athletes to events like the Junior World Cup in Suhl. The NextGEN AUSComGames program has been designed by the ACGA to provide assistance to those junior athletes who have been identified as potential medal winners at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games or at the 2018 or 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Of the athletes sent to Suhl Jack Rossiter, Emma Adams, Victoria Rossiter, Bailey Groves, Sergei Evglevski, Sascha Kroopin, Jack Wallace, Aislin Jones, and Mitchell Bailey will receive support from the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) as part of the 2016 NextGen AUSComGames Squad.

“The ACGA is proud to provide financial support through the NextGEN AUSComGames program to our young shooters. We see it as an important investment in Australia’s future success in Commonwealth Games competition,” said ACGA CEO Craig Phillips.

For the entire team results at the 2016 ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl visit www.issf-sports.org. Source: Shooting Australia Read More.
May 05, 2016

STAR-STUDDED TEAM NAMED FOR JUNIOR PAN PACS IN HAWAII

Several swimmers on the verge of selection on this year’s Rio Olympic team will spearhead Australia’s 30-strong team for this year’s Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii in August.

Swimming Australia would like to recognise and thank the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) for the support provided for our Youth development programs.

National 200m breaststroke champion Matthew Wilson, bronze medal winning butterflyer Laura Taylor and brilliant backstroke teens Mina Atherton and Kaylee McKeown showed off their potential at the Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships and Hancock Prospecting Australian Championships in Adelaide last month.

As did emerging freestylers Elijah Winnington and Jack Cartwright, breaststroker Daniel Cave, butterfly sprinter Gemma Cooney and breaststroker Sarah Beale in an exciting all-round team who will have their sights set on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In what will be a “mini Olympics” the rising stars of swimming will face off against the cream of the crop in the USA, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and other Pacific Rim teams in Hawaii from August 24-27.

Queensland clubs have again dominated selection, as they did in the Olympic team, with 19 of the 30 hailing from Queensland; five from NSW, four from Victoria and two from WA.

Australia’s Gold Coast Gold National Youth Coach Glenn Beringen praised the athletes and coaches and thanked the Australian Commonwealth Games Association for its contribution.

“This is a very exciting group – swimmers who could have quite easily been going to Rio,” said Beringen.

“Such is the depth in some of our events – the likes of Matt Wilson, Minna Atherton and Laura Taylor all won medals at the Open Nationals.

“They will certainly be on the radar as we get closer to 2018 and 2020.

“And in saying that the contribution of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association makes this team possible and on behalf of the team and Swimming Australia we acknowledge their support.

(Source: Swimming Australia website) Read More.
April 08, 2016

Borobi visits Melbourne

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.

Photo: Borobi meeting the staff of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.

To find out more about Borobi visit www.GC2018.com Read More.
March 30, 2016

Vale JUDY JOY DAVIES

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) is saddened by the news of the passing of Judy Joy Davies.

Judy passed away on Sunday, 27 March 2016 (Easter Sunday), aged 87.

Inducted as a General Member into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2011, for her contribution to sports journalism, Judy was a pioneer female sportswriter.

Chairman John Bertrand AM said “Judy was a woman of great courage; while early women sports journalists had a tendency to write only about female sports; Judy was one of the first female journalists to write about all sports – both male and female”.

“Her balanced and incisive coverage of sports saw her journalism career blossom for over 34 years, a true testimony to Judy’s commitment, passion and love for sport” Bertrand said. “To cover nine Olympic Games as a journalist, as well as set her own records as an athlete – in particular, the first ever Australian to win a medal in backstroke at the Olympic Games, is truly remarkable” Bertrand added.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the Davies family.

Judy’s service is planned for Tuesday, 5 April at 10:00am at W.D Rose chapel at 139 Marriage Road, Brighton East.

Photo: Judy Joy Davies unveiling her Sport Australia Hall of Fame plaque at the National Sports Museum at the MCG before being Inducted in October 2011

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March 18, 2016

Queensland’s Centium Software Joins GC2018 Sponsor Family

A Queensland company that specialises in the provision of software solutions for major world events will be the Official Accommodation and Transfers Software Supplier for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ™ (GC2018).

Centium Software, which was involved in software delivery for arrivals, departures and protocol at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, will once again provide software to support accommodation and transfers to and from official points of entry.

The firm will provide an interactive and flexible reservation system to GOLDOC which will involve the management of detailed accommodation property information and online bookings and payment.

Centium Software is based in Technology Park at Eight Mile Plains in Brisbane and will use local resources to deliver the majority of its services.

“For Centium Software, it is a chance to once again show the world what amazing products this home grown Queensland business is capable of delivering.

“This partnership also provides Centium Software staff with an opportunity to be involved in the delivery of the biggest event that may ever occur in their home state.

“And to be announcing the company as an Official Supplier of GC2018 just days short of our Two Years to Go celebrations on Monday 4 April is an indicator that our commercial program is very well supported and well and truly on track,” he said.
Centium Software joins the GC2018 Sponsor Family alongside Official Partners Jupiters, Griffith University and TAFE Queensland and Official Supporters KPMG and MinterEllison. Read More.
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