5 things to love about Gold Coast 2018

The Commonwealth Games 2018 will be held in beautiful, sunny Gold Coast from 4 to 15 Apr 2018 at Carrara Stadium. What is it to you? SG Daybook brings you the 5 things to love about Gold Coast 2018!

1. Equal number of medal events for men and women

The Gold Coast 2018 Games is set to make its mark in sporting history! To achieve parity, the committee has added 7 female medal events – 3 in cycling, 3 in boxing, and 1 in weightlifting.

Of the 275 sets of medals to be won, 133 will be for men, and 133 will be for women. The 9 remaining medals will be reserved for mix-gendered sports!

This makes it the first multi-discipline sports event to award an equal number of medals to men and women. The Games have definitely come a long way since 1930. You go, ladies!

2.Para sports in the main programme

Gold Coast 2018 has significantly expanded the para-sporting programme. As compared to Glasgow 2014, Gold Coast 2018 will see an increase of 45% more athletes and 73% more medals, welcoming a total of 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across 7 sports.

And yes, there will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all 7 para-sports!

3. Lean and mean

Alright, let’s focus on our little red dot. At the 2014 Games in Glasgow, we were represented by 70 athletes from seven sports. Our score? Eight gold, five silver and four bronze medals. (WOW.)

This year, we will be fielding 59 athletes, making it our smallest contingent for the Games yet! Nonetheless, we will be represented in 12 sports. Talk about quality over quantity!

【CWG 2018】🇸🇬 60 athletes, 11 sports, #OneTeamSG. From 4 – 15 April, get behind our TeamSG Athletes as they do us proud at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games! Your support means a lot to them, leave your words of encouragement in the comments below! PS: Don’t forget to “Like” our Team Singapore FB page for more exclusive updates and features! 😁 . . . . . Photo credits: Andy Pascua / SportSG, Ben Cho / SportSG, Calvin Teoh / SportSG, Cheah Cheng Poh / SportSG, Commonwealth Games Singapore, Dyan Tjhia / SportSG, Huang Xiao Long / SportSG, Knight Ong / SportSG, Samuel Dai / SportSG, Shaun Ho / SportSG, Singapore Gymnastics, Singapore Shooting, SportSG, Stanley Cheah / SportSG, Singapore Table Tennis Association

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4. Our first debut in beach volleyball

Ok, let’s now focus on our little red dot. Gold Coast 2018 is the first time that Singapore is participating in beach volleyball! Our debutants, Lau Ee Shan and Ong Wei Yu, are dedicated individuals who were from their respective school teams.

As Ee Shan shares, “I want to be better than yesterday; that’s what keeps me going. I also want to be able to manage my mindset and mental strength. The crowds will be there, but I have to focus.” OH MY. We love that spirit!

5. Young members

Our team is really young, especially the badminton team! The 10-man team has an average age of just 22.1, down from the 2014 squad’s average of 23.6.

Our women’s singles player, Yeo Jia Min, and our women’s and mixed doubles player Crystal Wong, are the youngest in the squad at age 19!

Youth comes but once in a lifetime. Go get it, Team Singapore!

 


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