Published on April 4th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
2018 Commonwealth Games Opens In The Gold Coast
The 2018 Commonwealth Games officially begins today in Australia with over 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories competing in various sports for 275 gold medals. Held in the city of Gold Coast, located in Queensland, it will last for 2 weeks before ending on 15 April.
2018 is set to be a bumper year for sport, which is sure to be good news for any sport aficionados out there. So far we have already witnessed the incredible feats of athleticism from winter athletes at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea and the football World Cup is set to take place in Russia during June and July.
Each member of the Home Nations of the United Kingdom will compete separately, with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all fielding individual teams. Alistair Brownlee, the two-time Olympic triathlete champion, was chosen to be England’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony while Jazz Carlin, the double Olympic swimming medallist, will raise the flag for Wales.
Track and field Olympic bronze medallist Eilidh Doyle has been chosen as Scotland’s flag bearer with netballer Caroline O’Hanlon picked for Northern Ireland.
Sporting Stars Set For Commonwealth Glory
Some of the best athletes in the world will be competing in various sports in the Commonwealth games with household names such as Sally Pearson of Australia, Yohan Blake of Jamaica and Caster Semenya of South Africa ready to set the track ablaze.
In the pool, we will see South African Chad le Clos ready to make some waves in the 200m butterfly while England’s Adam Peaty who will aim to defend his 100m breaststroke title. Peaty has a good chance of succeeding given that he has remained unbeaten in in four years, taking the 2016 Olympic title along with world and European titles along with the world record.
Outside of the famous athletes names, the Pacific Island nation Fiji will be looking to replicate their Olympic gold success in the men’s rugby sevens final. It will also hopefully be a triumph for some of the smallest nations in the world, with fellow Pacific Island nation Nauru hoping to add to their 29-medal tally in weightlifting.
But it’s not just nations that will be ones to watch with individuals that you may not know of aiming to create, or continue their, glory. Included in this is Nicol David of Malaysia, one of the big stars in the squash world. She is the most decorated female squash player and is looking for a third gold medal in the singles.
An interesting athlete for Wales is Anna Hursey who may not have the kind of previous accomplishments that many may expect to become notable, but is making headlines anyway due to her age. At only eleven years old, she will be lining up Wales in table tennis and hoping to come away with a medal.
Celebrating Sporting Success
The United Kingdom has had plenty of success at multi-sport events and these have been celebrated throughout the years by Royal Mail and others. This includes a whole range of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic themed stamps, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games Framed Stamps Set Part 2, which is ideal for anyone who enjoys watching the Games or collecting themed items.
We also have a range of Sport themed collectible items for anyone with an interest in sport and to go along with the Commonwealth Games theme, a wonderful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Stamp First Day Cover to commemorate the last games in Scotland.
While there hasn’t been any collectible items released for this Commonwealth Games, there is every chance that there could be special releases for the next as it will take place in 2022 in Birmingham, England.