With 300 days to go to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Aussie sport fans will again get to cheer for the green and gold in this “bumper year of sport”.
As the countdown continues to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the preparations towards the Games continue to ramp up for the Australian team.
It is expected Australia will be represented by a team of 425 athletes, the largest to compete at an overseas Games.
Should all team sports qualify, the team will surpass the Glasgow 2014 team size of 415 athletes. The Gold Coast team in 2018 numbered 473 athletes.
In what has been described as a “bumper year of sport” by Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM, the Commonwealth Games, coming so close to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and next year’s Winter Olympics and Paralympics will provide more opportunities for Australian sport fans to continue cheering for the green and gold.
“The Olympics and Paralympics kicked off the bumper year of sport and we are now just 300 days away from Birmingham 2022. Our team members are looking forward to having their time to shine,” Thomas said.
The 300 days to go milestone provided the perfect occasion to announce that Australia’s favourite koala, Borobi, will be the mascot of the Australian Commonwealth Games team.
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Borobi’s team mascot appointment continues his Commonwealth Games association beyond the Gold Coast Games, complementing his important work as an Indigenous languages champion with the Yugambeh Museum.
Commonwealth Games Australia has also revealed the ‘Unity’ symbol used as part of the Gold Coast Games’ Reconciliation Action Plan, will become part of the team identity for the Australian team.
The first stage of which has been unveiled with elements of the Unity symbol incorporated into the team brand campaign for Birmingham – Bold | Brave | Brilliant.
Today marks 300 days until the @birminghamcg22 and serves as the launch of our Australian Team campaign 𝐁𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐥𝐝 | 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞 | 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐭 in Birmingham.#B2022 #GreaterTogether #CommGamesAUS pic.twitter.com/xKjc6UfkaP
— Commonwealth Games Australia (@CommGamesAUS) October 1, 2021
For Thomas, the theme of the campaign captures the essence and passion of the moment for Australian team members.
“We wanted a theme for the team – something that would resonate with all team members, something they could all identify with,” Thomas said.
“So as a play on the B of Birmingham it is… Be BOLD | BRAVE | BRILLIANT.”
“The words were endorsed by a broad group including the Commonwealth Games Australia Athlete Advisory Group and the Birmingham Team Executive – including Games gold medallists Anna Meares and Sharelle McMahon and Paralympic champion Katrina Webb.”
“The campaign is what we want our team members to be… to aspire to… to achieve.”
“There is more to come [with the campaign], as this is just the first phase, but this sets the tone for the team.”
To celebrate the 300 days to go milestone four-time Commonwealth Games Ellie Cole OAM hosts a special virtual ‘300 days to go’ show.
Ellie is joined for an update from Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM, has a very special announcement for the Australian Team, plus team members including Gold Coast team members Harry Garside, Madison de Rozario, Nicola McDermott, Taliqua Clancy, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, Steph Wood, Rex Hedrick and Barrie Lester, plus Maddie Garrick from 3×3 Basketball, to discuss their preparations for the upcoming Birmingham Games!
Australia will compete in all 21 sports at the Games (subject to qualification), including the sports of 3×3 Basketball, including both able-bodied and wheelchair, and Women’s T20 Cricket, which will both make Commonwealth Games debuts.
Captain of Australia’s Women’s Cricket Team Meg Lanning said the team were excited to compete for gold in Birmingham.
“Representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games will be an incredible experience and the team can’t wait to take the field in Birmingham next year,” Lanning said.
“It was already shaping up as a huge year with a home Ashes and a World Cup in New Zealand, and a Commonwealth Games takes it to another level.”
“The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 showed the world just how entertaining and competitive women’s 20-over cricket is and the Commonwealth Games will be another opportunity for teams to showcase their talent and determination in front of a global audience.”
With the biggest integrated Para-sport programme of any Commonwealth Games, and more medals set to be awarded to women than men for the first time ever, records will be broken as the Commonwealth’s sporting heroes come together at Birmingham 2022.
Birmingham 2022 is expected to draw over 4500 athletes from 72 Commonwealth nations and territories, and for the first time Australian families and fans will be able to access group tickets for all events at the Commonwealth Games.
The Family & Fans Tour ensures Australian families and fans can sit and cheer together, stay together and play together at the Birmingham Games.
Bookings are now open and the Family & Fans Tour brochure is available here.
Tour packages are available for all sports; however numbers are limited.
Learn more below.
BIRMINGHAM 2022 FAMILY & FANS TOUR
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The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from 28 July to 8 August 2022.