2020 International Women’s Day


The Commonwealth Games movement has been at the forefront of women’s sport for close to 90 years following the first participation of Claire Dennis (swimming) and Lesley Thompson (diving) at the 1934 Empire Games in London.

We celebrate International Women’s Day by recognising all the women, from grassroots sport to those who have forged the pathways on the international stage – all of whom have made an impact in sport and the broader community.

The International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual

The Gold Coast Games saw an equal number of medal events for women and men for the first time in the history of a multi-sport Games.

Birmingham 2022 is set to break the record for the largest ever female and para-sport programme in history which will see two more women’s medal events than men’s at the Games, with 135 compared to 133. This will be the first time in history that a major multi-sport event will feature more women’s than men’s medal events.

A tremendous achievement not only for women’s sport but for world sport and one for which the Commonwealth Games movement should be proud.

And of course, our Australian team will be led by Petria Thomas, as she becomes our first female Chef de Mission.


  • Kurt Fearnley inspires with message for all athletes

    Champion para-athlete Kurt Fearnley addresses the 2020 Kurt Fearnley Scholarship with an inspirational message as the six recipients currently face one of the biggest challenges the sports world has ever seen.

  • 2020 Kurt Fearnley Scholarship holders unveiled

    Six budding young para-sport athletes will have the opportunity to follow the path of one of Australia’s greatest ever athletes after being named as recipients of the 2020 Kurt Fearnley Scholarship.

  • Tokyo 2020 and the Commonwealth Games and Youth Games

    The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee have confirmed the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    This announcement will have varying and yet to be determined impacts on the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago and will require alterations to planning to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

  • Track team pedalling forward to Tokyo

    Twelve of the fifteen members of the Australian track cycling team named for the Tokyo Olympic Games were members of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team that dominated the Anna Meares Velodrome in 2018.