Courtesy of Disability Sport Wales:
Disability Sport Wales today (14th of March) welcomes the announcement of the largest-ever para-sport programme in Commonwealth Games history, comprising up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across 7 sports, which will be showcased at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The release of the event list is timed to celebrate the launch by the Commonwealth Games Federation of the 2016 theme of an Inclusive Commonwealth across 71 nations and territories. Today’s announcement represents an increase of 45% more athletes and 73% more medals compared to the record-breaking para-sport competition at Glasgow 2014.
The sports being contested by para-athletes at Gold Coast 2018 will be Athletics, Cycling (Track), Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Triathlon.
There will be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all 7 para-sports, further demonstrating the Commonwealths Sports Movement’s commitment to equality and inclusion. Since the last Games, both the Athletics and Swimming para-sport programme has doubled (from 6 to 12 medal events each).
The Commonwealth Sports Movement’s first-ever ring-fenced quota system for para-sport athletes, implemented as part of Transformation 2022’s Sports Programme innovations, also ensures that Commonwealth Games Federation’s member associations are supported and subsidised to send larger para-sport teams to Gold Coast 2018 than ever before.
A sports movement committed to equality, para-sports are an integrated and inclusive part of the daily sports programme and medal table at the Commonwealth Games. They were first integrated in 2002 at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Pippa Britton, Chair of Disability Sport Wales commented: ‘We welcome the news of an increased Para Sport programme at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. We are committed to supporting an inclusive Team Wales and are proud of the contribution that our Para Sport athletes make. Our ambition for the Gold Coast is to build on the 4 Para Sport medals we won at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and we support the CGF approach to inclusion in their strategy, which reflect our own drive here in Wales’.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- The 38 para-sport events 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
- Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth on the second Monday in March every year.
- It provides an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations.
- The Commonwealth-wide theme for 2016, launched on Commonwealth Day, is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’.
- Each year, the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, marks the celebration with an interdenominational service held in Westminster Abbey. The Queen also delivers an address to the Commonwealth, which is broadcast throughout the world