One Team, One Dream

 

English Athlete, Frazer Clarke, dances with volunteer during the England welcoming ceremony at the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village. GOLD COAST, QLD, AUSTRALIA on the 1st APRIL. Photo: Dylan Crawford/Village Source

ASHLEIGH JANSEN

Inclusion has been one of the main goals for organisers of this years 2018 Commonwealth Games. Ensuring everyone, no matter age, gender, nationality, race, religion, socio-economic demographic, and disability are to be welcomed and included has been front and centre in GC2018’s development.

For the first time in a major multi-sport Games, there will be an equal number of medal events for both men and women.

The para-sports program is the largest ever in Commonwealth Games history with a massive contingent of 300 para-athletes competing across 38 medal events. That’s 73% more medals than Glasgow 2014.

Swimmer for the Australian para-athlete team Rohan Bright said “It’s great to have the one team one dream motto, we’re all one team no matter what disability, what background.”

All athletes and para-athletes from their selective nations will enter the opening ceremony united as one team.

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to provide legacy outcomes has been established for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This Action Plan strategises meaningful legacy towards reconciliation and acts as a framework for other host nations of the Commonwealth.

In an Australian first, the Pride in Sports Index (PSI) was implemented as a benchmarking programme to gauge inclusion of LGTBI people within Australian sport. The PSI is a joint initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Sports Commission which allows sporting organisations to govern and propose good practice and to implement a zero tolerance stance against homophobia, harassment and bullying.

Nigerian Team Official Okechukwu Nnacheta, said inclusion to him meant “togetherness, brotherhood, oneness, unity, that’s what it means to me.”

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