Sport that will ‘leave you breathless’

Sally Pearson will headline Australia’s charge at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

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TICKET requests for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games go on sale on April 24.

Information on tickets, stadiums and where to stay on the Gold Coast can be found by tapping here.

But it is the sports and some of the world’s best athletes that will take centre stage from April 4, 2018.

Here’s your ultimate guide to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games sports, where to see them and what it will cost to watch.

Athletics

Athletics is one of the few sports to have featured at every Commonwealth Games. The program begins with the 20km race walks at Currumbin beachfront on Sunday, April 8, before attention turns to the track and field events at Carrara Stadium later that day. The first session on the track will feature the drama of 100m heats and semi-finals. Over the next week, the best runners, jumpers and throwers in the Commonwealth will compete, with the finale coming on the final day of competition on Sunday, April 15 when the marathon is staged at Southport Broadwater Parklands. It will be the most comprehensive para-sport athletics program in Games history.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

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It was opened by Olympian Libby Trickett to mark one year until swimming competition begins at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The pool’s opened featured an inaugural race from local school students.

Badminton

A spectacle of speed and agility, badminton is considered the fastest competitive racket sport in the world. Combining deft touch with raw power, players can bring down a smash at lightning speeds of more than 400km/h. Immensely popular in its birthplace of Asia, badminton is one of four sports to be held at the brand new 2500-seat Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre – Arena 2.

Badminton is one of few competitions at the Games to feature a mixed team event on the program. Competition gets under way with team competition on Thursday, April 5 and runs through the entirety of the Games.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

Basketball

Basketball was first included in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. It makes a return to the program for GC2018. The basketball competition will be staged at indoor arenas in Cairns, Townsville and on the Gold Coast, enabling fans to experience basketball at its best.

Australia will be hopeful of a strong showing in both the men’s and women’s competitions with the Boomers and Opals looking to build on strong performances at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The medal matches will be played at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, April 14 and April 15.

Tickets from $15 (Children), $30 (Adult)

Beach volleyball will be held at the Coolangatta Beachfront. Picture: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images for FIVB

Beach volleyball will be held at the Coolangatta Beachfront. Picture: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images for FIVBSource:Supplied

Beach volleyball

A physically and technically demanding sport, beach volleyball will make its Commonwealth Games debut on the iconic beaches of the Gold Coast. A team of two players will take the court in the men’s and women’s competitions to be held at the idyllic surrounds of the Coolangatta Beachfront. The grandstands will create a cauldron-like atmosphere over seven days of competition, culminating in the men’s and women’s medal matches on Thursday, April 12.

Tickets from $15 (Children), $30 (Adult)

Boxing

Boxing is one of only a few sports to have featured at every Commonwealth Games and it is set to bring Oxenford Studios alive with its mix of precision, athleticism and skill. The men will face off in the light flyweight division for the speed machines who weigh 46-49kg through to the super heavyweight division for the power punchers above 91kg. Women’s boxing will also take centre stage, after a thrilling debut in Glasgow 2014, with exciting bouts predicted across six divisions. Preliminary bouts get underway on Thursday, April 5 and culminates with the medal matches on Saturday, April 14.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

Boxing combines precision, athleticism and skill. Picture: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Boxing combines precision, athleticism and skill. Picture: Dan Mullan/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Para powerlifting will wow spectators at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. Picture: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Para powerlifting will wow spectators at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. Picture: Daniel Berehulak/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Cycling (Track)

The spectacular Anna Meares Velodrome at Chandler in Brisbane will play host to a track cycling program that shapes as one of the showstoppers of these Games. Australia, England and New Zealand are regarded as the world superpowers of track cycling and the rivalry is intense. Track cycling is a fast-paced, hard fought competition that involves a combination of speed, power, endurance and tactics. Spectators are treated to a variety of team and individual events in the most intimate of sporting environments – a 43 degree banked track. The GC2018 program also includes two para-sport events – blind and visually impaired sprints and the 1000m time trials.

Tickets from $25 (Children), $50 (Adult)

Cycling (Mountain Bike)

Riders hurtle downhill, power uphill, navigate treacherous terrain, all in the pursuit of gold. Mountain biking requires balance, speed, endurance, precision, technical mastery and nerves of steel, as riders battle not only each other but the challenging environment as well. The Nerang Mountain Bike Trails will be the venue and fans will lap up the racing, the thrills and the spills in these beautiful open air surrounds. Both men and women will race for gold in the Mountain Bike Cross Country races on Thursday, April 12.

Tickets from $20 (Children), $40 (Adult)

Track, road and mountain bike cycling will feature at Gold Coast 2018. Picture: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Track, road and mountain bike cycling will feature at Gold Coast 2018. Picture: Steve Bardens/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Cycling (Road)

The beauty of a Gold Coast backdrop with the beast of a challenging road course. That is what awaits many of the world’s best road cyclists as they ride for gold in both the road race and individual time trial. Starting and finishing at the stunning Currumbin beachfront, spectators will have kilometre after kilometre of prime vantage points to witness the adrenaline-charged racing. The individual time trial for both men and women will take place on Tuesday, April 10 as riders combine stamina with speed in a race against the clock. The drama and strategy of the men’s and women’s road races will take place at the same venue on Saturday, April 14.

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Diving

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will provide a spectacular open air stage for all the action of the diving program. There will be individual competition for men and women from the 1m springboard, 3m springboard and the 10m platform. Pairs of divers will also team up for the synchronised 3m springboard and 10m platform events. The competition begins on Wednesday, April 11 and runs through to Saturday, April 14, with medals decided at the majority of sessions. Diving has featured at every Commonwealth Games since 1930.

Tickets from $20 (Children), $40 (Adult)

Gymnastics (Artistic)

Artistic gymnasts will have spectators at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre spellbound. From the grace and daring of the balance beam to the feats of strength and skill on the horizontal bar the action is non-stop. Competition begins with the teams event and individual qualification on Thursday, April 5, moving through to the individual all-round on Saturday, April 7 and then culminating with the individual disciplines. Men and women compete on the vault and floor. The uneven bars and balance beam will also test the women, while the men contend with the pommel horse, horizontal bar, rings and parallel bars.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

Patricia Bezzoubenko of Canada competes in the Gymnastics Rhythmic Ribbon Final in Glasgow, 2014. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Patricia Bezzoubenko of Canada competes in the Gymnastics Rhythmic Ribbon Final in Glasgow, 2014. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Gymnastics (Rhythmic)

In an exhibition of grace, flexibility, co-ordination and skill, the best female rhythmic gymnasts in the Commonwealth will own the floor at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. Featuring beautiful movement to music these specialist athletes will wow the crowd and judges with their choreographed routines.The competition includes four apparatuses – hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon – all requiring control and presenting their own challenges. There will be medal events for each apparatuses and for the best all-round individual and team. Competition will run over three days from Wednesday, April 11.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

Hockey

The Commonwealth boasts some of the world’s best hockey teams, so the action in both the men’s and women’s competitions at GC2018 is sure to be intense. Hockey is 60 minutes of full-throttle sporting action, with the 5000-seat Gold Coast Hockey Centre to come alive as the teams display their mix of speed, skill and grit. By their own high standards the Australian Hockeyroos and Kookaburras endured disappointing Olympic campaigns in Rio, and both teams will be determined to make a statement on home turf. Preliminary matches begin on Thursday, April 5 with the medal matches to be contested on Saturday, April 14.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

Lawn Bowls

It’s all about precision, judgment and strategy as the lawn bowlers strive to exert their dominance on the green. Lawn bowls is a hotly contested sport across the Commonwealth so the action at Broadbeach Bowls Club will be close, competitive and unpredictable. During each end, the bowlers will demonstrate incredible accuracy and nerve as they aim to finish closest to the jack. Just as the result looks inevitable, one fast drive can scatter the bowls and it’s game-on again. Competition is singles, pairs, triples and fours, and two new para-sport events. Play gets under way on Thursday, April 5 with medal matches scattered over nine days of competition.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

The 5000-seat Gold Coast Hockey Centre will be in the thick of the action. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The 5000-seat Gold Coast Hockey Centre will be in the thick of the action. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Netball

The best netballing nations in the world reside within the Commonwealth ensuring a competition of the highest quality. Netball is a high-paced sport where split-second decisions can be the difference between winning and losing. On court, two teams of seven players contest exciting, fast and skilful matches and the physicality of the combatants has to be seen to be believed. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and Coomera Indoor Sports Centre will be the venues for a suspenseful all-female competition at GC2018. Preliminary matches begin on Thursday, April 5 and conclude with the drama-charged medal matches on Sunday, April 15.

Tickets from $15 (Children), $30 (Adult)

Para Powerlifting

Para-athletes will strain, roar and unload an explosion of power in the ultimate test of upper body strength. Para powerlifting will wow spectators at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on Tuesday, April 10 with an exhibition of pure force, concentration and control to lift the heaviest weight possible. These powerhouses have only three attempts to do it as one by one, they lay on a 2.1m bench and prepare every muscle in their body for the lift. They lower the bar to their chest and hold it motionless for a moment. Then it’s show time. Using all the power and control they can muster, competitors press the bar upwards to reach arms length.

Tickets from $15 (Children), $30 (Adult)

Rugby Sevens

Rugby Sevens is rugby union played at lightning speed. When the whistle blows, two teams of seven players do battle over two halves of seven minutes. Renowned for generating a party-like atmosphere, rugby sevens will leave fans at the 27,500-capacity Robina Stadium breathless over three action packed days. The kicking, passing and tackling ability of these players is spectacular and is an experience not to be missed. History will be made with GC2018 to host the first women’s competition at a Commonwealth Games. Competition begins on Friday, April 13 with the medal matches to be contested on Sunday, April 15.

Tickets from $15 (Children), $30 (Adult)

Rugby Sevens will be hugely popular. Picture: Karen Watson

Rugby Sevens will be hugely popular. Picture: Karen WatsonSource:Supplied

Shooting

Intense concentration. Steady nerves. Absolute precision. Over and over again. Shooting brings together accuracy, speed and consistency in a sport where the medal winners are those that can handle pressure the best. There are four shooting disciplines on the GC2018 program – fullbore, pistol, rifle and shotgun. The shooting program will be held at the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane. Sports fans will get to witness some amazing individual action and also a team battle in the fullbore pairs where men and women shoot side-by-side. Competition begins on Sunday, April 8 and runs through until Saturday, April 14 with medals decided daily.

Tickets from $20 (Children), $40 (Adult)

Squash

Squash is a fast paced racket sport played on a four-walled court where concentration, acceleration and anticipation can prove the difference. Oxenford Studios will host the Squash competition at GC2018 with play starting on Thursday, April 5 and running through the duration of the Games. All four walls of the show court are glass, giving spectators the opportunity to see the action from every angle. Both singles and doubles events will be showcased, with the rare doubles event a feature of the GC2018 format.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

Swimming

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at the picturesque Southport Broadwater Parklands will host the GC2018 swim meet, which is sure to be the hottest ticket in town. The Commonwealth’s best swimmers will strut their stuff across freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly events, with competition getting under way on Thursday, April 5. Swimming provides the ultimate spectator experience with every seat providing a great outlook onto the aquatic action. The Australians will be hoping that their efforts on the pool deck set the tone for the entire Games, with an early gold rush.

Tickets from $20 (Children), $40 (Adult)

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First look at 2018 Commonwealth Games accommodation.

Table Tennis

Massively popular across the Commonwealth, over 40 nations are set to compete in table tennis at Oxenford Studios during GC2018. A fast and furious sport, table tennis requires amazing technical wizardry. Having the skill to control a featherweight 2.7g ball with a springy rubber-coated racket is one thing. Having the proficiency to land it on your opponent’s side of a 2.74m long table while clearing a 15.25cm high net is another. Now imagine doing it at high velocity – the ball coming at you like a bullet and spin affecting its trajectory. The program begins on Thursday, April 5 with the team competition and runs through the entirety of the Games with singles and doubles action.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

Triathlon

Combining the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running, triathlon is a true test of fitness, skill and endurance. It starts with open water swimming as athletes jostle for position. Out of the water and it’s a transition onto the bike for an arduous cycling leg. Then, it’s off the bike and into running shoes for a final gripping leg. Showcasing the splendour of the Gold Coast, the triathlon will start and finish at the beautiful Southport Broadwater Parklands. The men’s and women’s competition to be staged on Thursday, April 5 and the team relay and para-sport events on Saturday, April 7.

Tickets from $20 (Children), $40 (Adult)

The shooting program will be held at the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane. Picture: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

The shooting program will be held at the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane. Picture: Jan Kruger/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Weightlifting

With powerhouse legs, dynamite arms and a concrete core, these athletes are the strongmen and women of the Games. Weightlifting is an enthralling competition of strength, speed and determination that is sure to captivate the crowd at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. Each competitor has three attempts to make a successful lift. In each body weight category for men and women, the competition features both the snatch and the clean and jerk. It is the combined weight of their best lift in both that will determine the placing for each weightlifter. Competition runs for five days from Thursday, April 5.

Tickets from $20 (Children), $40 (Adult)

Wrestling

Wrestling is a sport of technique, balance, strength and determination. These athletes will use a range of grapples, holds, throws and pins to control the contest. Can they pin their opponent to the mat? Can they achieve technical superiority? Can they score enough points to win? At GC2018, the wrestlers will lock horns at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre with six different weight categories for men and women. Competition will run for three days from Thursday, April 12.

Tickets from $10 (Children), $20 (Adult)

Originally published as Sport that will ‘leave you breathless’

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