Celebrating women in sport10 Apr 2017
The Commonwealth Games movement has been at the forefront of the women’s sport evolution over the last decade.
Today we mark International Women’s Day by sending a big thank you to all women, from grassroots to those competing on the world stage, who have made an impact on sport and the broader community.
Since the first Commonwealth Games in 1930, when women competed in just seven medal events, through to the most recent edition of the Games in Glasgow, where we saw the highest ever percentage of medal events for women (48.5%), much has evolved for women competing at the Games.
This evolution will continue on the Gold Coast in 2018 where for the first time in the history of a multi-sport Games, there will be an equal number of medal events for men and women.
Olympic and Commonwealth champion and GC2018 ambassador, Sally Pearson OAM, said she is delighted that GC2018 will be the first Commonwealth Games with true gender equality.
This is such a positive move for all sports and I am particularly proud that this initiative will commence in my home-town on the Gold Coast in 2018, to be held up as a shining example for other events to follow.
Seven additional women’s events and categories in weightlifting, boxing and cycling are confirmed for the sports program for GC2018.
This will take the total number of medal events to a record-breaking 275 medal events.
Fans eager to plan their GC2018 experience and witness the gold medal moments will get the chance when the sports competition schedule is released to the public on 4 April, enabling everyone to start planning their Games journey ahead of the start of ticket requests on 24 April 2017.