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    The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) has begun! It is hosting more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from over 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast.

    This is the largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade.

    What’s Different this Time?

    • GC2018 will feature the largest integrated sports program in the history of Commonwealth Games comprising of 18 sports and 7 para-sports.
    • Beach Volleyball, Para Triathlon and Women’s Rugby Sevens will make their debuts in GC2018.
    • An equal number of men’s and women’s medal events are being contested.

    The magic begins     

    Migaloo’s grand entrance

    Migaloo – Australia’s famous whale – made grand entry like none other. Blue hues lit up the stadium, revealing a stunning human mandala comprised of dancers, while Migaloo swam beneath the ocean and entered the stadium like a rockstar. Singer-songerwriter Ruel performed a rainbow-colored performance of his song Golden Years.

    The Smoking Ceremony

    Contemporary artist Yugambeh man Luther Cora performed a traditional Smoking Ceremony with three generations of his family. The smoking ceremony meant burning native plants to produce smoke – it is about cleansing (oneself) and connecting (with one other, the land and spirit). The music, combined with the smoke and yellow light created a stunningly beautiful night that everyone across the stadium shared as one.

    Parade of Nations Track

    Designed by Brian Robinson this parade represented the universe in which we live and share, a beautiful depiction of the story underpinning the emotive Ceremony. 21 boating vessels (including jet skis, surfboards and paper boats!) were spotted in order to represent the 21st Games.

    Arrival of the Baton

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    *source: Susie O’Neill

    The Queen’s Baton arrived in Carrara Stadium after a 338-day long journey. Passed from the legendary hands of Susie O’Neill to Brad McGee, Kurt Fearnley, Liz Ellis, Brent Livermore and Sally Pearson, the Queen’s Message, placed inside the baton before it started its journey, was read out loud to mark the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games.

    Calender

    OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
    April 4
    Wed
    5
    Thu
    6
    Fri
    7
    Sat
    8
    Sun
    9
    Mon
    10
    Tue
    11
    Wed
    12
    Thu
    13
    Fri
    14
    Sat
    15
    Sun
    Events
    Ceremonies OC CC N/A
    Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 4 7 8 7 10 9 9 4 58
    Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton 1 5 6
    Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 1 1 2
    Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball 2 2
    Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 16 16
    Cycling
    Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg Mountain biking 2 2
    Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Road cycling 2 2 4
    Cycling (track) pictogram.svg Track cycling 6 4 6 4 20
    Diving pictogram.svg Diving 3 2 3 2 10
    Gymnastics
    Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Artistic 1 1 2 5 5 14
    Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg Rhythmic 1 1 4 6
    Field hockey pictogram.svg Hockey 2 2
    Lawn bowls pictogram.svg Lawn bowls 2 2 1 2 3 10
    Netball pictogram.svg Netball 1 1
    Powerlifting pictogram (Paralympics).svg Powerlifting 4 4
    Rugby union pictogram.svg Rugby sevens 2 2
    Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 3 3 3 3 1 3 3 19
    Squash pictogram.svg Squash 2 1 2 5
    Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 7 9 8 8 9 9 50
    Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 1 1 1 4 2 9
    Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon 2 3 5
    Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 3 3 3 3 4 16
    Wrestling pictogram.svg 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
    Wed
    5th
    Thu
    6th
    Fri
    7th
    Sat
    8th
    Sun
    9th
    Mon
    10th
    Tue
    11th
    Wed
    12th
    Thu
    13th
    Fri
    14th
    Sat
    15th
    Sun
    Total events

    *source: wikipedia

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