Commonwealth Games organisers apologise for 'shameful' closing ceremony

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2018

A diverse and contemporary ceremony of music, lights and dance with the words and imagery of indigenous Australia very much at its heart brought an end to the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast yesterday.

"To be honest it was kind of all a blur".

British Cycling performance director, Stephen Park, said: "We've been pleased by the performances of British riders on the Gold Coast, which have once again demonstrated the talent, determination and strength in depth that we have within British cycling". "As a shooter you dream of that moment".

"The messages I really love have come from parents of kids with disabilities who say their child has just lost a leg to cancer and they want to be like me because they see us on TV because I never had para-athletes I could watch", Cole said.

England sit second in the table on three points and play Wales (9.59am BST) tomorrow.

The final at these Games was the first not to feature both Australia and New Zealand after the host nation knocked out the Silver Ferns in the last four.

"All I remember was having the ball in my hands and then running away screaming because the final whistle had gone."

"I'm furious", Griggs said.

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Delhi Daredevils , on the other hand, managed a comfortable victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 14. The visitors also made one change by including South African all-rounder Chris Morris in place of Dan Christian.


Tracey Neville, the head coach of the Roses, appropriated Sir Alex Ferguson's fabled remark after his side had won the 1999 Champions League in the dying seconds against Bayern Munich in Barcelona.

In fact, after he spoke about using the Commonwealth Games and sport as a way to promote inclusion for people with disabilities earlier in the week, Fearnley had another lesson for athletes with designs on representing Australia.

Australian athlete reaction has been mixed, with star swimmer Cameron McEvoy unaware of the furore until the day after but Boomers basketballer Angus Brandt saying they felt "left out".

"Should they have been part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?"

It hasn't all been plain sailing; the advent of professional contracts and increased numbers of players heading down under to play their club netball has all to be balanced with the demand for results.

Figures showed that there was a 44 per cent increase at grassroots level with almost 30,000 players taking to netball courts across the country.

"If I can support its development in any way that's what I want to do."
"Netball has been part of my life since I was five", she said. There is a long way to go to get gold medals in any years time.

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