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COMM GAMES CATCH UP: 28 FEBRUARY

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Catch up on all the happenings in Commonwealth Sport as we approach the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

VALE JOHN LANDY AC CVO MBE

The Legend of Australian Sport passed away last week surrounded by family, aged 91.

John Landy AC CVO MBE, one of Australia’s great sportsmen, has died at the age of 91 after a life full of achievement both on and off the athletics track.

The middle distance legend, who was the second man to break the four-minute mile barrier, passed away at his home in Castlemaine, Victoria, on Thursday surrounded by his family.

 

 

Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips AM says that John Landy was one of the most remarkable people in Australian Sport.

“John’s legacy as an athlete combined with his incredible traits as a person left an indelible mark on all who met him,” Phillips said.

“His epic battle with Roger Bannister at the Empire Games in Vancouver in 1954 is part of world sporting folklore. His involvement in the Commonwealth Sport Movement came full circle as Victorian Governor in the lead-up to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and his role as the final Queen’s Batonbearer at the Opening Ceremony at the MCG.

“And his passing provides an opportunity for us all to reflect on his achievements in sport and life.

“On behalf of Commonwealth Games Australia, we extended our sincere condolences to John’s family, friends and teammates.”

VALE JOHN LANDY AC CVO MBE

The Legend of Australian Sport passed away this week surrounded by family, aged 91.

QUEEN’S BATON RELAY READY TO TOUCHDOWN IN AUSTRALIA

 

Australia will welcome the Queen’s Baton for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for a four-day visit between Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 March and revisit iconic venues and places from Commonwealth Games history.

The international route spans 269 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 140,000 kilometres, with over 7,500 Batonbearers to carry the baton in their community.

QUEEN’S BATON RELAY READY TO TOUCHDOWN IN AUSTRALIA

The four-day tour will see the baton revisit iconic venues and places from Commonwealth Games history.

GREEN2GOLD2GREAT – SWIMMING AUSTRALIA – DOLPHINS CAMP

Commonwealth Games Australia recently supported Swimming Australia with hosting a camp for Australia’s elite swimmers, helping them with their preparations towards the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Green2Gold2Great funding is part of the $13 million funding package announced by Commonwealth Games Australia in April 2019, to assist with preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

 

GREATER TOGETHER – WATSON AND WOOD FORM GLITTERING DIAMONDS LEADERSHIP TEAM

In the next instalment of our Greater Together series highlight duos from the Commonwealth Games, we catch up with Australian Diamonds captain Liz Watson and vice-captain Steph Wood to discuss their journey together in the national side and how the pair have their sights set on turning their 2018 Commonwealth Games silver on the Gold Coast into Birmingham gold.

GREATER TOGETHER – WATSON AND WOOD FORM GLITTERING DIAMONDS LEADERSHIP TEAM

Ian Hanson catches up with the Gold Coast 2018 Games roommates and now Australian Netball Diamonds team leaders, to find out this netball duo are committed to ensuring the Diamonds are Greater Together.

HAUSER STARTS BIRMINGHAM COMMONWEALTH GAMES TRIATHLON PUSH WITH WIN

Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist Matt Hauser’s push for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games selection has started with the successful defence of his Australian and Oceania short-course triathlon titles.

Sydney’s Matilda Offord took out the women’s race for the 22-year-old’s first win at the elite level.

HAUSER STARTS BIRMINGHAM COMMONWEALTH GAMES TRIATHLON PUSH WITH WIN

The Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist starts his 2022 campaign with victory in Tasmania and now turns his attention to qualifying for the Birmingham Games.

EMERGING ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY – AIDAN MURPHY – ATHLETICS

The teenage sprinting star is becoming one to watch after a stunning 200m victory at the South Australian titles in February.

 

The son of Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tania Van Heer has been burning up the track in his home state with the 18-year-old clocking a stunning 200m time at the  South Australian Championships that has rocketed him into the frame for the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

EMERGING ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY – AIDAN MURPHY – ATHLETICS

The teenage sprinting star is becoming one to watch after a stunning 200m victory at the South Australian titles in February.

KOOKABURRAS SQUAD FOR 2022 FINALISED WITH FOUR NEW ADDITIONS

 

Three of Australia’s best emerging hockey talent plus an experienced representative goalkeeper have been announced as the final four additions to the 2022 Kookaburras squad.

Having initially announced a strong and experienced squad of 23 players in November last year, Kookaburras Head Coach Colin Batch believes now is an ideal time to include three athletes from the national junior program who have been identified across the pathways network as the best upcoming prospects.

KOOKABURRAS SQUAD FOR 2022 FINALISED WITH FOUR NEW ADDITIONS

The Kookaburras squad has been finalised for the 2022 campaign with sights set on the side’s seventh straight Commonwealth Games gold medal.

NEW SQUAD ADDITIONS SIGNAL FOCUS ON FUTURE FOR HOCKEYROOS

 

Three debutants and the return of a burgeoning young star in the selection of this year’s Hockeyroos squad heralds an exciting new chapter for Australia’s national women’s hockey team with a strong focus towards the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

NEW SQUAD ADDITIONS SIGNAL FOCUS ON FUTURE FOR HOCKEYROOS

The Hockeyroos squad has been announced for the 2022 campaign with an eye on the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and beyond.

RON CLARKE GRIFFITH FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2022

The Ron Clarke Griffith Futures Scholarship enters its second year and applications are now open to help provide financial support to two young Indigenous student athletes who are studying at Griffith University.

Named in honour of a legend of Australian sport Ron Clarke AO MBE who was passionate about the Commonwealth Games and education, the scholarship continues Ron’s enduring legacy in Australian sport and his impact on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

RON CLARKE GRIFFITH FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2022

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games legacy program to support indigenous student athletes enters its second year and applications are now open.

DOLPHINS UNVEIL NEW PARA-SWIMMING LEADERSHIP GROUP

 

Swimming Australia and the Australian Dolphins have announced the new Para Athlete Leadership Group for the upcoming Paralympic cycle.

Commonwealth Games gold medallists Lakeisha Patterson OAMRowan Crothers OAM and Jesse Aungles join Tokyo Paralympic bronze medallist Katja Dedekind as the four team members to lead the Dolphins team through to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

DOLPHINS UNVEIL NEW PARA-SWIMMING LEADERSHIP GROUP

Three Commonwealth Games gold medallists are amongst the new leaders of the Dolphins Para-swimming squad as the team begin a massive 2022 season that includes the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

THE FAMILY & FANS TOUR TO THE BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

 

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from 28 July to 8 August 2022.

To be in the stands in Birmingham supporting the Australian Team, 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.

Tour packages are available; however, numbers are limited.

Bookings are now open, learn more about the Family & Fans Tour below.

BIRMINGHAM 2022 FAMILY & FANS TOUR

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