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PARA-SPORTS PROGRAM

GC2018 is going for gold in its quest to deliver an inclusive Games and will proudly host the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history.

Kurt Fearnley OAM and other para athletes racing

GC2018 will set a new Commonwealth Games record by hosting up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports - an increase of 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals compared to the para-sport competition staged at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Further highlighting GC2018’s commitment to equality and inclusion, there will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all sports.

The GC2018 Para-Sport program has been developed by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and GC2018 in consultation with the International Paralympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) to showcase the best para-sport in the Commonwealth.

Athletics, Swimming, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Track Cycling, Table Tennis and Triathlon will all be contested during the April 4–15, 2018 event.

Para Powerlifting athlete performing a benchpress

The swimming and athletics programs will double in size from previous Games, while Paratriathlon will make its anticipated debut at GC2018, building on the great success of the able-bodied Triathlon competition in Glasgow 2014 and the sport’s increasing profile across the globe.

The first ever wheelchair marathon (T54) at a Commonwealth Games will take the inspirational thrill of Para-Sport competition to the streets and communities of the Gold Coast.