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Comm Games Catch Up: 7 February 2022

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

MCHUGH/BURNETT AND BELL/FEJES CEMENT THEIR RANKINGS WITH AUSTRALIAN BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR VICTORIES

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Tokyo Olympian Chris McHugh and new partner Paul Burnett have won the first 2022 Australian Beach Volleyball Tour (ABVT) event, winning gold in straight sets at the Cobram Barooga Classic.

In the Women’s event, Phoebe Bell and Stefanie Fejes won a hard-fought battle to claim the women’s title.

 

 

Cobram ABVT was the first tournament Bell and Fejes have played together, and they said it was their shared values that allowed them to gel on the court and take the win.

“We came together last minute but we’ve just been on the same page about our game style and our on-court values. We stuck together as a team today and I’m really proud of our performance today and the result,” Bell said.

“It was a really good game of volleyball we had against Caitlin and Alisha,” Fejes added.

“We were getting into our style and feeling each other out on the court and getting into our rhythm and I really enjoyed playing with Phoebe.”

MCHUGH/BURNETT AND BELL/FEJES CEMENT THEIR RANKINGS WITH AUSTRALIAN BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR VICTORIES

Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist Chris McHugh and new partner Paul Burnett have kickstarted their Birmingham campaign with victory at the Cobram Barooga Classic.

Australia seal Ashes success thanks to Ellyse Perry masterclass

Ellyse Perry has starred with bat and ball to guide Australia to an outright Ashes series victory via a five-wicket win in the second one-dayer at Junction Oval.

The Australian team take a 10-4 lead in the series with one ODI remaining – the first time Australia has won the multi-format, points-based series outright on home soil.

The victory bodes well for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team as the side has a massive 2022 campaign, including the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games where women’s T20 cricket makes its Games debut.

AUSTRALIA SEAL ASHES SUCCESS THANKS TO ELLYSE PERRY MASTERCLASS

The Australian all-rounder has led a clinical Australian bowling effort in the second ODI against England, before anchoring the chase with the bad to clinch victory in the series.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES AUSTRALIA ALUMNI READY TO TAKE ON BEIJING 2022 WINTER PARALYMPICS

Congratulations to Glasgow 2014 Team Member Rae Anderson on being selected for the Australian Paralympic Team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics Team in Para-Alpine Skiing.

Rae competed in the Women’s Long Jump F37/38 at the Glasgow 2014, then went on to compete at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics in the F38 Shot put event and the F37 Discus.

We will be cheering for you!

 

 

BRISBANE 1982 COMMONWEALTH GAMES LEGACY LIVES ON AT BEIJING 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS

As it approaches its 40-year anniversary, the Sleeman Centre in Chandler, some 15 kilometres east of Brisbane, continues to be a valuable resource in the development and training of Australia’s Winter Olympians.

Originally purpose-built for events at the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games, the centre has surged back into the spotlight thanks to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olypmics.

BRISBANE 1982 COMMONWEALTH GAMES LEGACY LIVES ON AT BEIJING 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS

The Sleeman Centre originally built for the Brisbane Games is proving to be an important resource for Australia’s Winter Olympians as they compete against the world’s best in Beijing.

BRAZILL TO FOCUS ON COMMONWEALTH GAMES DREAM

Dual sport superstar Ash Brazill will step away from the AFLW to focus on helping the Netball Diamonds to go for gold in Birmingham.

Brazill told her Collingwood teammates that she did not recover as well as hoped from last month’s Quad series in England, where she impressed for the Diamonds and expressed it has been her dream since she was five years old to be a Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

BRAZILL TO FOCUS ON COMMONWEALTH GAMES DREAM

The dual sport superstar will step away from the AFLW to focus on helping the Netball Diamonds to go for gold in Birmingham.

CATE CAMPBELL TO MISS BIRMINGHAM COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Cate Campbell OAM will skip this year’s Commonwealth Games while pondering her swimming future amid rejigged Australian plans for the pool in Birmingham.

The six-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist is taking time off ahead of deciding whether to compete at her fifth Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

 

 

Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM understands what a difficult decision it must have been for Cate and knows she will be supporting the team in Birmingham.

“Given the everchanging dates and postponements of global sport events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some athletes are going have to make tough decisions about their upcoming programs,” Thomas said.

“Some will forego world championships events, some will forego the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, and some will opt to miss both.

“We understand, and we know it will not be an easy decision for any athlete to miss a Commonwealth Games, but we fully support them making a decision that is best for them.

“Cate will always have our respect and support, like all of our Commonwealth Games Australia alumni, and I know Cate will be one of the loudest supporters of the team representing Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

“Whilst we are disappointed that Cate won’t be there with us in Birmingham, we still expect to have an extremely strong swimming team that will continue on with its stellar form from Tokyo and dominate the pool.”

CATE CAMPBELL TO MISS BIRMINGHAM COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The six-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist will miss the Birmingham Games as she considers the next stage of her illustrious career.

CRICKET THE FIRST SPORT TO CONFIRM LINEUP FOR BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Cricket is the first sport to announce its complete line-up for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth after Sri Lanka was confirmed as the eighth team in the women’s T20 tournament.

The announcement was made jointly by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Tuesday following Sri Lanka’s victory in the ICC Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022 in Kuala Lumpur last week and the subsequent CGF ratification of Sri Lanka’s entry.

CRICKET THE FIRST SPORT TO CONFIRM LINEUP FOR BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Sri Lanka has been confirmed as the eighth and final team for the inaugural women’s T20 tournament at the Commonwealth Games.

AIS ATHLETE AMBASSADORS ENCOURAGE SPORT TO THRIVE WITH PRIDE

Fourteen athletes from 10 different sports, including Commonwealth Games Australia alumni, are joining together as ambassadors for the inaugural Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Thrive with Pride program, which aims to provide safe and inclusive sporting environments for all athletes to thrive.

Two-time Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham OAM says finding his “authentic self” was the catalyst to coming out of retirement and winning Olympic gold.

Former Australia Rugby Sevens captain, Gold Coast 2018 silver medallist and Olympic gold medallist Sharni Williams OAM says she was once a “human in the dark” until sport allowed her to find her true self.

AIS ATHLETE AMBASSADORS ENCOURAGE SPORT TO THRIVE WITH PRIDE

Commonwealth Games Australia alumni feature in the inaugural AIS Thrive with Pride program.

SELECTION CAMPS TO DETERMINE MAKEUP OF 2022 HOCKEYROOS SQUAD

The ongoing COVID-19 situation in every state and territory, coupled with the current border conditions in Western Australia where the Hockey Australia High Performance Unit is based, has added layers of complexity to selection of athletes for the 2022 National Women’s High Performance Program.

SELECTION CAMPS TO DETERMINE MAKEUP OF 2022 HOCKEYROOS SQUAD

A host of selection camps around the country are in the process of being held to select this year’s Hockeyroos squad.

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