Friday, April 13, 2018

Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast

Something odd gripped the Gold Coast this year. We have known for a few years that the Games were coming, but as the time arrived, there was something approaching panic which spread through the community. Lots of people made plans to be out of town, to miss the traffic, the terrorists or some other chaos.

We decided to stick it out, and reduce our work hours to a minimum. Then as the time arrived (April 4 - 15th), the energy shifted, and a sense of excitement started to spread. The world was coming to a party and we were the hosts! Better join in, enjoy it, and contribute to putting on a good show.

Here are some photos.

Off to the Opening Ceremony

Metricon Stadium at Carrara

15,000 volunteers to show people the way

Short sharp showers

The Queen's baton arrives

The home team arrive


Happy and proud

Archie Roach

Broadbeach park 

Aboriginal dancers

Underwater 'art'

Roundabout stage in Broadbeach


Long jump


Emily Nanziri of Uganda competes in the rain during the women's 400-meter semi-finals during day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on April 10, 2018. 
Photo by Ryan Pierse / Getty

Triumphant medallist

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa celebrates victory in the men's 50-meter breaststroke final on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Optus Aquatic Center on April 9, 2018.
Photo by Hannah Peters / Getty


Troy Cassar-Daley

 Table Tennis


Aussies are trying to be humble, and failing badly! Queensland got 89 medals; 36 gold.

Our local university, Griffith University, came away with 40 medals! 

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