Australian Team explained


As the countdown clock ticks down from years to days, the Australian Team to compete at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will slowly start to take shape.


At the recent World Triathlon Series events held on the Gold Coast, four Australian’s became the first athletes to win an automatic nomination from their sport for Gold Coast 2018.

Emily Tapp and Bill Chaffey won automatic nomination in the paratriathlon event, while Gold Coast local Ashleigh Gentle and 22-year-old Launceston local Jake Birtwhistle earned an automatic nomination with their 2nd and 5th placed finishes respectively. 

There will be further opportunities for triathletes to win a spot on the team for Gold Coast 2018 – but all sports differ in how they identify the athletes to be nominated to Commonwealth Games Australia.


Let us explain…


  • National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) formulate nomination criteria. These are reviewed and approved by Commonwealth Games Australia. Once approved, the criteria is available to prospective athletes and other stakeholders. The nomination criteria for each sport will be available at progressively from May 1, 2017.

  • In late 2017/early 2018 NSOs will submit their nominations to Commonwealth Games Australia for approval. These will be done in accordance with each NSO’s approved nomination criteria.
  • Athletes only become part of the Australian Commonwealth Games Team for Gold Coast 2018 after their selection has been endorsed by Commonwealth Games Australia.




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