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Queen’s Baton in NSW

Tremendous celebrations were held in 29 communities throughout NSW over a 10 day period as the Queen’s Baton travelled towards its final destination on the Gold Coast.

Congratulations to GOLDOC and the State Working Party who coordinated an extremely well-drilled program. The feedback has been outstanding.

Amongst many highlights in NSW was the visit to Sydney Olympic Park where NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres was formally thanked for the $500,000 contribution to the Australian Team Appeal. Our thanks to the NSW Government; our Patron the Premier Gladys Berejiklian; Minister Ayres; and Athletics NSW for co-hosting the event with CGNSW.

A collection of photos also appear on the CGNSW Facebook page.

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2018 CGNSW Hall of Fame

25 January 2018

Three outstanding contributors to sport and the Commonwealth Games movement have just been announced for induction into the Commonwealth Games NSW Hall of Fame.

 

Ivan Lund – Lund was Australia’s leading fencer of the mid-20th century and won 13 medals (3 gold in epee) during four Games 1950-1962. He was the Australian Flag Bearer in both the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1958 Cardiff Games, and at the 1962 Perth Games he gave the oath at the opening ceremony. Lund was then appointed to the next three Games, firstly as the Fencing Manager-Coach followed twice in HQ as Administration Officer. Lund passed away in 1992, aged 62.

 

David Palmer OAM – Australia’s greatest ever male squash player, Palmer made his Commonwealth Games debut in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. Seven medals were won from 2002 to 2010. The long-awaited CG Gold Medals were finally secured in 2014 at Glasgow in both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles. The Gold Coast event will be Palmer’s 6th Commonwealth Games, equalling CGNSW Hall of Famer Phillip Adams as the most prolific NSW athlete representative in history.

 

Arthur Tunstall OBE – Tunstall was heavily involved in HQ from 1962 to 1994 and achieved the most Games representation by any Australian athlete or official. Tunstall’s eight Games include three as Chef-de-Mission and two as General Manager. He was also an outstanding servant and contributor to CGNSW for a period exceeding 65 years initially as the boxing delegate then Honorary Secretary/Treasurer (25 yrs) followed by Division President (24 yrs). Tunstall passed away in 2016, aged 93.

 

This is only the second CGNSW Hall of Fame induction. The initial inductees in 2014 were Phillip Adams, Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, Petria Thomas, Ian Thorpe and Michael Wenden. The three latest additions are joining illustrious company.

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Winning Schools Share Commonwealth Games Glory

4 December 2017

The XXIst Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast are imminent, and the winning students and schools have been announced in the 2017 Premier’s Commonwealth Games Challenge. Conducted by Commonwealth Games NSW, the Challenge was open to all students throughout NSW. Over 800 entries were received from all corners, stretching from Burringbar (near Murwillumbah) down to Candelo (near Bega).

 

All submissions, featuring favourite sport, favourite sports hero or compilation, displayed keen research skills and marvellous creativity, thus making the decision quite difficult for the selection panel. In the K-Yr2 category for artistic design, the winners were:  Charlie Shearer 2017

  • 1st Prize – Charlie Shearer – Turramurra PS (2074)
  • 2nd Prize – Kim Truong – Bossley Park PS (2176)
  • 3rd Prize – Issa Kahla – Arranounbai School (2086)

Stories, poems and essays were submitted by Yr3-Yr6 students, with the winners being:

  • 1st Prize – Freya Nylund – Boronia Park PS (2110)
  • 2nd Prize – Olivia Ronald – Mount Annan PS (2567)
  • 3rd Prize – Baileigh Morris – Wyoming PS (2250)

 

Over $10,000 prizemoney has been won by students and schools as part of the 2017 Premier’s Challenge, including Orange Grove PS (2040), Nymboida PS (2460) and Lalor Park PS (2147) for large volume and percentages in the participation scheme. A featured highlight of the Challenge will be visits by Commonwealth Games athletes and heroes to award the winning prizes. Visits include:

  • Turramurra PS (2074) – Heptathlete Alysha Burnett
  • Wyoming PS (2250) – Higher jumper Nicola McDermott and boxer Anja Stridsman
  • Boronia Park PS (2110) – Discus legend Dani Stevens and artistic gymnast Emma Nedov

Other visits are currently being arranged for Term One 2018.

The NSW Government played a significant role in the Term IV school campaign by distributing links to Premier’s Challenge literature and posters to all government and independent schools throughout NSW. NSW Premier and CGNSW Patron, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP was pleased to support the Challenge.CGNSW was delighted by the Challenge response. CEO Peter Tate sincerely thanked all the students and schools for their participation and wonderful Challenge entries. “Having spoken with many teachers, it is very pleasing how the Challenge inspired widespread interest by the students. They have thoroughly researched numerous past heroes and are looking forward to cheering new heroes at Gold Coast 2018” said Mr Tate.

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2017 Premier’s Commonwealth Games Challenge

Premier’s Commonwealth Games Challenge – Date of Post – 22 September 2017

The XXI Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast 4-15 April 2018.

As Patron of the NSW Division of Commonwealth Games Australia, the Premier of NSW, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian is very pleased to support the PREMIER’S COMMONWEALTH GAMES CHALLENGE.

 

CGNSW is conducting a competition open to all school students in NSW with prizes available for individual students and participating state, catholic and independent schools.

One of your students could win $1,000 and a participating school could conceivably win up to $8,400.

Total prize pool for the PREMIER’S COMMONWEALTH GAMES CHALLENGE exceeds $15,000.

 

There are three separate competitions based on the level at school – artwork submission for K-2 class; written submission for Years 3-6 class; and video production for Years 7-12 level.

 

The Challenge opens 9th October and closes 27th October 2017.

Open the attachments for full competition details and to download the colourful poster for your classrooms.

Poster – CGNSW Premier’s Challenge poster 

Competition Rules – Premier’s Challenge rules

Later in Term IV, Commonwealth Games heroes will visit winning schools to present prizes.

This Challenge is too good to be missed. Go Australia !!

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Bahamas 2017 Australian Team announced

Seventy-five of Australia’s most talented athletes have been selected by Commonwealth Games Australia for the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games to be staged in the Bahamas in July.

Athletes aged 14-18 years, spread over seven sports: Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Judo, Cycling (road), Rugby 7s, Swimming will be given the opportunity to experience, for many, their first multi-sport competition.

 

The five-day international sporting event will run from 19 – 23 July and offers the opportunity for all 70 Commonwealth Nations and Territories to harvest the next generation of star athletes.

 

The team will be directed by decorated former Australian swimmer and Team General Manager, Matthew Cowdrey, who led the team in Samoa 2015.

 

“It is with great excitement that CGA today names our team of young athletes who will represent Australia at the Youth Games in the Bahamas later this year,” Cowdrey said.

 

“We have continued to track the development of athletes who competed in Samoa two years ago, with a number likely to line up for Australia on the Gold Coast next year,

 

“The quick development of these athletes is so pleasing for us, and demonstrates how powerful a Youth Commonwealth Games experience can be.”

 

Cowdrey will be joined by a team filled with Games experience, like that of nine-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Petria Thomas and former Beach Volleyball Olympian, Kerri Pottharst.

 

Commonwealth Games Australia CEO, Craig Phillips is certain the Youth Games will be a positive experience for all involved.

 

“CGA is pleased to be able you give each of these talented young Australians the opportunity to take this important step along the pathway of their athletic careers,” he said.

 

“We are confident they will compete with great distinction and will make their families, their sports and Australia very proud.”

 

The Australian Youth Team will begin preparation during a two-day training camp at Runaway Bay’s Sports Super Centre, prior to departure for Bahamas.

 

ATHLETICS
First Name Last Name Sport Function Gender Address State Event/Role
Ellie Bowyer Athletics Athlete F QLD Javelin
Ella Connolly Athletics Athlete F QLD 400m
Riley Day Athletics Athlete F QLD 200m
Mia Gross Athletics Athlete F VIC 100m
Rebecca Haley Athletics Athlete F QLD High Jump
Montanna McAvoy Athletics Athlete F QLD 3000m
Bendere Oboya Athletics Athlete F NSW 400m
Alexandra Roberts Athletics Athlete F QLD Javelin
Keely Small Athletics Athlete F ACT 800m
Melany Smart Athletics Athlete F WA 3000m
Carley Thomas Athletics Athlete F NSW 800m
Emily Whelan Athletics Athlete F NSW High Jump
Lateisha Willis Athletics Athlete F VIC 100m Hurdles
Jake Doran Athletics Athlete M QLD 100m
Jordan Doris Athletics Athlete M NSW 800m
Neil Janse Van Rensburg Athletics Athlete M QLD Javelin
Alexander Kolesnikoff Athletics Athlete M NSW Discus
Sebastien Moir Athletics Athlete M NSW 400m Hurdles
Yadin Ngeng Athletics Athlete M NSW 200m
Benjamin Schmidtchen Athletics Athlete M QLD Long Jump
Jackson Sharp Athletics Athlete M NSW 1500m
Oscar Louis Sullivan Athletics Athlete M QLD Javelin
Sean Szalek Athletics Athlete M WA High Jump
Jennifer Chan Athletics Official F VIC Team Manager
Stephen Cain Athletics Official M VIC Coach
Roderick Griffin Athletics Official M VIC Coach
Andrew Ray-Jamie Murphy Athletics Official M NSW Coach
Paul Pearce Athletics Official M VIC Head Coach
 

 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL
First Name Last Name Sport Function Gender Address State Event/Role
Rebecca Ingram Beach Volleyball Athlete F VIC Women’s Beach Volleyball
Carrie Van Rensburg Beach Volleyball Athlete F VIC Women’s Beach Volleyball
Mark Nicolaidis Beach Volleyball Athlete M QLD Men’s Beach Volleyball
James Takken Beach Volleyball Athlete M ACT Men’s Beach Volleyball
Amanda Combes Beach Volleyball Official F WA Coach
Kerri-Ann Pottharst Beach Volleyball Official F NSW Team Manager
 

 

BOXING
First Name Last Name Sport Function Gender Address State Event/Role
Ella Boot Boxing Athlete F QLD U60kg
Tiki Fraser Boxing Athlete F QLD U75kg
Indianna Heibloem Boxing Athlete F QLD U51kg
Callum Adams Boxing Athlete M VIC U75kg
Mark Borg Boxing Athlete M NSW U64kg
Benjamin Cameron-Hands Boxing Athlete M QLD U49kg
Jake Clague Boxing Athlete M VIC U60kg
Joshua Fitzpatrick Boxing Athlete M NSW U56kg
Benjamin Hussain Boxing Athlete M QLD U69kg
Anthony Molinaro Boxing Athlete M VIC U81kg
Tully Scanlon Boxing Athlete M VIC U52kg
Shara Romer Boxing Official F QLD Team Manager/Coach
Kel Bryant Boxing Official M VIC Head Coach
Kevin Smith Boxing Official M ACT Coach
 

 

CYCLING
First Name Last Name Sport Function Gender Address State Event/Role
Madeleine Fasnacht Cycling Athlete F TAS Women’s Time Trial, Road Race
Emily Mascaro Cycling Athlete F WA Women’s Time Trial, Road Race
Sebastian Berwick Cycling Athlete M QLD Men’s Time Trial, Road Race
Mitchell Wright Cycling Athlete M NSW Men’s Time Trial, Road Race
Rik Fulcher Cycling Official M SA Team Manager
Michael Marshall Cycling Official M NSW Head Coach
 

 

JUDO
First Name Last Name Sport Function Gender Address State Event/Role
Saskia Brothers Judo Athlete F NSW U57kg
Francis Newman Judo Athlete F QLD U70kg
Sophie Robins Judo Athlete F WA U48kg
Timothy Hollingbery Judo Athlete M NSW 90kg+
Uros Nikolic Judo Athlete M NSW U73kg
Connor Smith Judo Athlete M ACT U90kg
Daniel Villani Judo Athlete M NSW U60kg
Benjamin Donegan Judo Official M VIC Head Coach
Alex Vallentine Judo Official M ACT Team Manager
 

 

RUGBY 7’S
First Name Last Name Sport Function Gender Address State Event/Role
Kennedy Cherrington Rugby Athlete F WA Rugby 7’s Women’s
Lillian Dick Rugby Athlete F QLD Rugby 7’s Women’s
Rebecca Goulding Rugby Athlete F QLD Rugby 7’s Women’s
Georgia Hannaway Rugby Athlete F QLD Rugby 7’s Women’s
Abby Holmes Rugby Athlete F NSW Rugby 7’s Women’s
Page McGregor Rugby Athlete F NSW Rugby 7’s Women’s
Arabella McKenzie Rugby Athlete F NSW Rugby 7’s Women’s
Layne Morgan Rugby Athlete F NSW Rugby 7’s Women’s
Brydie Parker Rugby Athlete F NSW Rugby 7’s Women’s
Lilly Rose – Bennett Rugby Athlete F NSW Rugby 7’s Women’s
Langley Sesega Rugby Athlete F WA Rugby 7’s Women’s
Hannah Southwell Rugby Athlete F NSW Rugby 7’s Women’s
Francesca Faulkner Rugby Official F NSW Physiotherapist
Lachlan Parkinson Rugby Official M QLD Head Coach
Dale Roberson Rugby Official M NSW Team Manager
 

 

SWIMMING
First Name Last Name Sport Function Gender Address State Event/Role
Sophie Caldwell Swimming Athlete F VIC 200m IM
Brittany Castelluzzo Swimming Athlete F SA 200m Butterfly
Meg Harris Swimming Athlete F QLD 50m Freestyle
Charlotte Mitchell Swimming Athlete F QLD 200m Butterfly
Elzbieta Noble Swimming Athlete F QLD 50m Freestyle
Katie Strachan Swimming Athlete F QLD 100m Freestyle
Phoebe Walker Swimming Athlete F QLD 800m Freestyle
Myles Bailey Swimming Athlete M NSW 200m Backstroke
Charles Cox Swimming Athlete M QLD 200m Butterfly
Jake Goldsworthy Swimming Athlete M QLD 100m Breaststroke
Daniel Jacobson Swimming Athlete M QLD 400m Freestyle
Heath MacLeod Swimming Athlete M NSW 100m Breaststroke
Ethan McAleese Swimming Athlete M WA 200m IM
Max Osborn Swimming Athlete M QLD 1500m Freestyle
Tracey Menzies-Stegbauer Swimming Official F ACT Head Coach
Petria Thomas Swimming Official F ACT Team Manager
Dean Bryant Swimming Official M VIC Coach
Richard John Sleight Swimming Official M QLD Coach
 

 

HEADQUARTERS
First Name Last Name Sport Function Gender Address State Event/Role
Danielle Barwood HQ Official F VIC Team Medical Director
Peta Forsyth HQ Official F ACT Team Recovery Manager
Maddison Jeffery HQ Official F VIC Media & Communications Assistant
Felicity Lebbon HQ Official F VIC Physiotherapist
Paula Peralta HQ Official F NSW Head Physiotherapist
Danusia Pietrzak HQ Official F VIC Team Operations Manager
Tessa Storey HQ Official F QLD Team Operations Assistant
Timothy Arnold HQ Official M ACT Team Operations Coordinator
Matthew Cowdrey HQ Official M SA Team General Manager
Brett Doring HQ Official M NSW Physiotherapist
Sachin Khullar HQ Official M VIC Doctor
Jonathon Monasso HQ Official M VIC Media & Communications Manager
Andrew Pratley HQ Official M ACT Team Services Assistant
Rohan Short HQ Official M VIC Team Services Manager

 

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ACGA NSW announces Athlete Grant Winners

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (NSW Division) has just announced the inaugural twelve recipients of the new ACGA NSW Athlete Grant Program. All twelve outstanding athletes will be awarded $1,000 each courtesy of ACGA NSW and program partner First Option Credit Union.

Each athlete was nominated by a sport on the program for the next Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast in 2018. Nominating criteria required each athlete to be a resident of NSW and under 20 years of age. Congratulations to the following athletes:

Athlete Nominating Sport Age Suburb
Kateia Barenaba State Volleyball NSW 17 Malua Bay 2536
Jonathon Davis Bowls NSW 15 Dubbo 2830
Alexandra Eedle Gymnastics NSW 15 Putney 2112
Sam Fricker Diving NSW 14 Strathfield 2135
Rachel Hearne Netball NSW 17 Lismore 2480
Tiffany Ho Badminton NSW 18 Strathfield 2135
Izaac Johnston Hockey NSW 18 Caniaba 2480
Sean Keating NSW Wrestling Assn 17 Oak Flats 2529
Tom Lynch Cycling NSW 16 Avoca Beach 2251
Corey Martin NSW Amateur Pistol Assn 16 Glenning Valley 2261
Lorcan Redmond Triathlon NSW 16 Mayfield 2304
Erny Tsao Table Tennis NSW 19 Marsfield 2122

 

ACGA NSW CEO Peter Tate said “These young athletes have demonstrated tremendous ability in their respective sport pathways. I’m confident some will be chosen to represent Australia on the Gold Coast in 2018 and hopefully all will progress to that level at future Commonwealth Games”.

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Five Legends enter Hall of Fame

Commonwealth Games Hall of Fame Induction – Date 13 June 2014

 

This week five of the finest athletes to represent Australia were inducted into the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (NSW Division) Hall of Fame.

 

Phillip Adams OAM – With 18 Games medals the legendary pistol shooter is the greatest Commonwealth Champion of any country in the history of the Games. Seven medals were gold, spread over six Games from 1982 to 2002 which is also the most representation by an Australian athlete.

 

Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE – The Lithgow Flash won 4 gold medals in 1950 and another 3 in 1954 (all in World Record or Empire Record time). Between 1982 and 1998, Marjorie was appointed to Headquarters administration, including Manageress and General Team Manager.

 

Petria Thomas OAM – At the 2002 Games, Petria won 5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. Her victory in the 100m butterfly made her the first female swimmer ever to win the same event at three consecutive Games. She finished her swimming career with 9 Games gold medals and continues in the Commonwealth family as an enthusiastic and hard working HQ administrator.

 

Ian Thorpe OAM – “Thorpedo” is the only NSW athlete to collect 10 gold medals in the 100 year history of Festival and Commonwealth Games. Each victory was achieved in either Games Record, Commonwealth Record or World Record time. His 6 gold at Manchester in 2002 equalled the record for the most gold medals at a single Games.

 

Michael Wenden AM MBE – The short distance freestyler collected 13 Commonwealth Games medals including 9 gold over three Games (1966-1974). Three of the gold medals were won in World Record time, whilst four others earned Commonwealth Games Records.

 

All were in attendance at the Induction Ceremony held in Sydney, except Marjorie Jackson-Nelson who sent a message indicating how privileged and honoured she felt to be amongst the first five inductees into the NSW Division Hall of Fame. Each sporting legend recalled fond memories of their involvement at the Commonwealth Games – often referred to as the Friendly Games. Michael Wenden shared the story of the 1966 men’s 4×110 yards medley relay team. They finished first in the event final, however two swimmers had broken early and the team was therefore disqualified. The organisers allowed the team to swim against the clock the following day. Although ineligible for the gold medal, the team achieved consolation with a World Record time.

 

Alex Fulcher, President of ACGA NSW, warmly congratulated each Hall of Famer. “This is an extremely proud moment for the Commonwealth Games movement. Each athlete was an outstanding champion of the highest order, who represented Australia with great distinction” said Mr Fulcher.

 

Although ACGA NSW was formed in 1957, Games records stretch back to 1911 with the Festival of Empire in London. According to ACGA NSW CEO Peter Tate, 1284 Australians from NSW or ACT have represented the nation at Empire or Commonwealth Games since 1911, including athletes, coaches, officials and medical staff. “To be considered amongst the top-5 representatives in over a century is a remarkable honour, and to be recognised in the inaugural Hall of Fame is also of great historical significance” said Mr Tate.

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School Winners Announced

Winning Schools Share Commonwealth Games Glory – Date 10 June 2014

 

The XXth Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow, Scotland on 23 July. With only six weeks until the Games, the winning students and schools have been announced in the Premier’s Commonwealth Games Challenge.

 

The Challenge, conducted by the NSW Division of Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA NSW), was open to all students throughout NSW. Over 760 entries were received from all corners, spanning Eltham Public School near Lismore, down to James Fallon HS (Albury) and west to Alma Public School at Broken Hill. Entries even arrived from Norfolk Island as part of the NSW Education system.

 

All the submissions, featuring favourite sport, favourite sports hero or compilation, displayed keen research skills and marvellous creativity, thus making the decision quite difficult for the selection panel. In the K-Yr2 category for artistic design, the outstanding winners were:

  • 1st Prize – Samantha Mohr – Queanbeyan East Public School
  • 2nd Prize – Bevenie Bani – Norfolk Island Central School
  • 3rd Prize – Brooke Sutcliffe – Gladstone Public School (near Kempsey)

Stories, poems and essays were submitted by Yr3-Yr6 students, with the winners being:

  • 1st Prize – Brianna Kierath – St John’s Primary School (Dubbo)
  • 2nd Prize – Kate Shepherd – Orchard Hills Public School (near Penrith)
  • 3rd Prize – Beth Clarke – St John’s Primary School (Dubbo)

The high schools were asked for video production, with the best three in the State coming from Arranounbai School (Frenchs Forest), James Fallon High School (Albury) and Mercy Catholic College (Chatswood).

 

A total of $15,200 prizemoney has been won by students and schools as part of the 2014 Premier’s Challenge, including Edgeworth PS and Eltham PS for excellence in the participation scheme.

 

A featured highlight of the Challenge is visits by Commonwealth Games athletes and heroes to award the winning prizes. Medallist at three successive Games, long distance walker Luke Adams will present at Queanbeyan East while 2014 Commonwealth Games swimmer Maddison Elliott will visit Edgeworth. St John’s Primary at Dubbo will be honoured by visits from dual Gold Medallist Megan Dunn and her internationally-renowned coach Garry Dawson. Sporting legend Louise Sauvage will attend Arranounbai School to the delight of all students.

 

The NSW Government played a significant role in the campaign by distributing links to Premier’s Challenge literature and posters to all government and independent schools throughout NSW. NSW Premier Mike Baird was pleased to support the initiative. “It’s great to see so many young people engaging with their sporting heroes and supporting Australian athletes ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow” said Mr Baird.

 

ACGA NSW was overwhelmed by the response to their first ever State-wide school competition. NSW CEO Peter Tate sincerely thanked all the students and schools for their participation and wonderful Challenge entries. “After this year’s successful Premier’s Challenge, we certainly intend conducting a similar school student competition during the lead up to the next Commonwealth Games being hosted at the Gold Coast in 2018” said Mr Tate.

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