MINISTER ATTENDS 9TH COMMONWEALTH SPORTS MINISTERS MEETING, GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, Hon. Edwin Astwood, attended the 9th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting (9th CSMM) 2 – 3 April, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
The Meeting was held directly before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games - Gold Coast 2018 - and welcomed Sports Ministers and delegates from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories. The Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Right Hon. Patricia Scotland, Q.C. opened the meeting and introduced the chair of the meeting, Australian Minister for Sports, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie.
The role of this year’s 9th CSMM was underpinned by three key themes:
- Strengthening the value and integrity of sport through policy coherence;
- Leveraging sport investment as a contributor to the Sustainable Development Goals and human rights; and
- Enhancing Commonwealth cooperation to promote a cohesive sport policy agenda.
Following the Sports Ministers Meeting, the Commonwealth Secretariat released a communique which captures the joint strategies and collective action of the Commonwealth Sports Ministers.
Sports Minister, Hon. Edwin Astwood, was accompanied by Deputy Secretary, Tamera Howell-Robinson and Director of Sports, Jarrett Forbes. Minister Astwood shared; “This meeting of Sports Ministers highlighted that sports should not only be viewed as a sector but as an industry.” He further noted; “The objectives of the meeting ties in with what we want to do with Sports as it is a contributor to national development some key areas of development include sports tourism, health and wellbeing, and enhancing the longevity of our population.”
Minister Astwood while on the Gold Coast also visited with the athletes and officials of Team TCI at Village 2018 and attended the Opening Ceremony of the Games. Team TCI includes athletes participating in two sporting areas – Shooting and Athletics.
Note for Editors;
(See annex1 on next page)
Annex 1 – Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast 2018
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Dates: 4th – 15th April, 2018
Team TCI will participate in the following Sporting events:
Athletics - 9 total athletes:
- 7 Athletics
- Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye (Long Jump) Kansas State Graduate
- Devante Gardiner (400 &200 meters) Studying at St. Augustine University
- Yanique Haye Smith (400 metres & 400 meter hurdles) Studied at St. Augustine University
- Kivano Handfield (High Jump) Studying at St. Augustine University
- Akia Guerrier (100 – 200 – 400 meters) Studying at Kansas State
- Angelo Garland (4 X 400 relay) Studying at Texas A&M
- Frantzley Benjamin (4 X 400 relay)
- 2 Shooting
- Sargent Latoya Rigby (Royal TCI Police Force)
- Constable Dovar Moultrie (Royal TCI Police Force)
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, to share in the celebration of sport, entertainment and culture.
The largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade, GC2018 will feature the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports.
Beach Volleyball, Para Triathlon and Women’s Rugby Sevens will make their Commonwealth Games debuts and for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events will be contested.
The Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth is a collective of diverse nations spread across every continent and ocean and makes up to 30% of the world’s population. From Asia to Africa and beyond, the Commonwealth is composed of a rich variety of faiths, races, languages, cultures and traditions.
The Commonwealth Games is a unique, world class, multi-sport event that is held once every four years and is often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’. The Commonwealth Games brings together the members of the Commonwealth of Nations in an effort to raise the bar of sport for all humanity and provide a level playing field where athletes compete in a spirit of friendship and fair play.
There are a total of 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, including a number of British overseas territories, Crown dependencies and island states who compete under their own flag. England, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Jersey, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all send separate teams to compete in the Games.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games. As a means of improving society and the general well-being of the people of the Commonwealth, the CGF also encourages and assists education via sport development and physical recreation.
Underlying every decision made by the CGF are three core values:
These values help to inspire and unite millions of people and symbolise the broad mandate of the CGF within the Commonwealth. The main element of the Commonwealth Games brand is ‘The Bar’.A symbol that represents the Games’ effort to raise the bar of sports and level the playing field where athletes can come to complete in a spirit of friendship and fair play. It also acts as a collective aspiration for the whole of the Commonwealth and is something that will be present during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
History of The Games
But the Commonwealth Games are more than just about competition. They aim to unite the Commonwealth family through sport. The Games reflect the CGF’s core values of humanity, equality and destiny. They bring together members of the Commonwealth of nations to compete on a level playing field in a spirit of friendship and fair play often referred to as the ‘friendly games’.
Up until the late 1990s, there had only ever been single competition sports before the introduction of hockey (men and women), netball (women) and rugby 7’s (men) at the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998. It wasn’t until eight years later at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 that basketball was introduced. GC2018 will see the first ever Beach Volleyball competition on the Gold Coast – a fitting inclusion for the globally renowned beachside destination.
Important change has also been made in gender equity over the years, with GC2018 set to mark the first time in the history of a major multi-sport Games that there will be an equal number of medal events for men and women. The size and format of the sporting competition has also grown over the years.
The Commonwealth Games have been conducted by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) every four years (except for 1942 and 1946 due to World War II) since the first British Empire Games were held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930. Since then, the Games have grown from an event featuring 11 countries and 400 athletes to a modern sporting spectacular that includes 71 nations and territories and over 6,600 athletes and team officials.