Commonwealth Games Australia today confirmed a total team of 473 athletes for Gold Coast 2018, capped off the by the selection of 99 year old George Corones as an honorary 474rd and final selection.
Mr Corones captivated Australia by smashing the world record in the 50m freestyle for the 100-104 age group at the Australian Swim Trials on the Gold Coast in February.
Commonwealth Games Australia Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti presented Mr Corones with an official Australian Team uniform and welcomed him as an honorary team member for Gold Coast 2018.
“It was hard not to notice George’s amazing effort in the pool on the Gold Coast a few weeks ago. It was everything we like to see from an Australian athlete – inspirational and courageous,” he said.
“I’m pleased to welcome George on to the team as our honorary 474th athlete for Gold Coast 2018.
“Our official team of 473 athletes will be the biggest Australian Commonwealth Games team in history.
“It is an incredible honour to be named in a Commonwealth Games team, whether it be your first team, or your seventh team like shooter Bruce Quick.
“I congratulate all of the athletes who have been named as part of the Australian Team.
“We are just 15 days away from what promises to be a memorable Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.”
“Our athletes have been working hard and I know they are ready for the huge challenge and all the excitement that the Games will bring,” Moneghetti said.
The official Australian Team is made up of 473 athletes; 237 males & 236 females across 20 sports. QLD = 119, Vic = 114, TAS = 10, WA = 50, ACT = 19 , SA = 43, NSW = 118.
A total of 61 para-athletes have been named in the Australian team, set to compete as part of the largest integrated para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history with 38 medal events across seven para-sports.
The full team can be seen here: http://commonwealthgames.com.au/about-cga/team-australia-selected/
A breakdown of each sport below:
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