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Commonwealth Games Australia - Wikipedia


Commonwealth Games Australia - Wikipedia

Commonwealth Games Australia - Wikipedia

Commonwealth Games Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land throughout Australia.
And we pay tribute to the elders of the past, present and future.
The Commonwealth Games Australia also recognizes the significant contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made to our Commonwealth Games teams.
It also recognizes the significant contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to our Commonwealth Games teams and to Australian sport, and celebrates the power of sport to promote reconciliation and redress inequality.

Diversity and Inclusion Declaration

The Commonwealth Games Australia values our history of diversity by promoting our values of inclusion and respect.
All people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, ethnicity, location or life stage
should be treated with respect and dignity and protected from discrimination, harassment, and abuse.
We recognize that when people are treated fairly, they feel safe, enjoy themselves, and perform at their best.
Therefore, we are committed to providing an environment free of all forms of discrimination.
Therefore, we are committed to providing an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment and that removes all barriers and disadvantages.
We aim to "Greater Together" by connecting with and actively contributing to Australian society through sport.
We will practice diversity, inclusiveness, and the broadest possible definition of a team. And we will do this through our actions and our voices.

What is Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games, also known as the Friendly Games, are a quadrennial international multi-sport event for athletes from Commonwealth member countries, first held in 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 (cancelled due to World War II). From 1930 to 1950, the Games were known as the British Empire Games, from 1954 to 1966 as the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and from 1970 to 1974 as the Commonwealth Games. As official members, the Commonwealth Games became the first fully inclusive international multisport event; in 2018, the Games became the first global multisport event to feature an equal number of men's and women's medal events, and four years later, it became the first global It became the first multi-sport event to feature more women than men.

Inspired by the Inter-Empire Championships, part of the Festival of Empire in 1911, Melville Mark Robinson founded the first British Empire Games, held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930. As time went on, the Games evolved, adding the Commonwealth Paralympic Games for athletes with disabilities (banned from competing since 1974 and fully integrated by 1990) and the Commonwealth Youth Games for athletes ages 14 to 18.

History of Commonwealth Games

John Astley Cooper wrote letters and articles in several periodicals proposing "a Pan-Britannic, Pan-Anglican contest every four years as a means of promoting goodwill and understanding of the British Empire. In Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the John Astley Cooper Committee was formed to promote the idea, which inspired Pierre de Coubertin to start the International Olympic Movement.

In 1911, to celebrate the coronation of King George V, the Inter-Empire Championships, sponsored by the Earl of Plymouth and Lord Desborough, were held in parallel with the "Empire Festival" at the Crystal Palace in London. Teams from Australasia (Australia and New Zealand), Canada, South Africa, and Great Britain competed in athletics, boxing, swimming, and wrestling. Canada won the championship and was awarded a silver cup (donated by Lord Lonsdale) measuring 2 feet 6 inches (76 cm) high and weighing 340 ounces (9.6 kg). A correspondent of the Auckland Star criticized the competition as a "grievous disappointment" and "unworthy of the title of 'imperial sport.

Melville Marks Robinson, who had attended the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam as coach of the Canadian track and field team, strongly lobbied for the proposal to hold the first British Empire Games in Hamilton in 1930.