GC2018 to host largest para-sport program
The integrated para-sport program for GC2018 will be the most extensive in Commonwealth Games history.
The announcement, made by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and 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 para-sport 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 to announce details of the record-breaking program.
"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."
CGF President Louise Martin CBE welcomed the announcement.
"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," Mrs Martin said.
The GC2018 Para Sport Program has been developed by the CGF and GOLDOC in consultation with the International Paralympic Committee and Commonwealth Games AAustralia to showcase the best para-sport in the Commonwealth.
The sports to be contested during the 2018 event are; Athletics, Swimming, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Track Cycling, Table Tennis and Triathlon with the swimming and athletics program doubling in size from previous Games.
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.
The 38 para sport events to be contested at GC2018 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