Commonwealth Games community impact


Swimmer Cam McEvoy, who was an ambassador for the Gold Coast Games, said he enjoyed himself at the ceremony.

"I want to play my part to keep promoting inclusion after all the wonderful messages I've received because I definitely don't think of myself as disabled but as uniquely able".

Sunday's closing ceremony on the Gold Coast has been criticised as underwhelming, with presenters from the Seven Network slamming organisers for not providing vision of athletes entering Carrara Stadium.

At Sport Bay of Plenty, we focus on all aspects of community sport and recreation and ways to get people active - and events such as the Commonwealth Games provide wonderful inspiration to the communities we work in.

Kenya bagged 17 medals, four gold, seven silver and six bronze to finish 3rd in Africa behind South Africa and Nigeria.

"You've got to deal with whatever you have to deal with, you just put it on and you just fight and I was thinking that for the whole time".

"I've been waiting for this, and it makes it hard to leave when you win", he said.

The ceremony was panned for featuring former Australian Idol contestants Guy Sebastian and Anthony Calea and giving too much prominence to musical director Katie Noonan.

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"We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters", Griggs said.

The event also provided an opportunity for the community to connect with local sporting clubs and organisations, and learn about the many different sports and activities available in Toowoomba.

He told Sunrise their decision to not show the athletes walking through the stadium was made based on the competitor's welfare. They have quite a unique relationship I would imagine.

"It was a shame that the flag-bearer wasn't recognised".

Robertson said it's fantastic to see our athletes fight for and win medals at the pinnacle of their discipline. You want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport.

In a social media post on Monday morning, Beattie said the closing ceremony telecast should have been organised more appropriately.

Despite strong ticket sales, large sections of seating were empty while a number of athletes slipped away to the bar before the ceremony had reached its halfway point.

The country finished 9 on the medals table with an impressive 9 gold medals, 9 silver and 6 bronze, representing a total haul of 24 medals.