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Jubilation in 2011 after the Gold Coast scored the 2018 Commonwealth Games … but will they be worth it? AAP/Patrick Hamilton

Gold Coast Games will struggle to stay relevant – here’s why

Goodbye Glasgow and hello Gold Coast. The Commonwealth Games will return Down Under in 2018 and already there are bold projections: Gold Coast Games Federation chair Nigel Chamier expects the creation…
Gold for Michael Shelley, the first non-African winner of the Commonwealth men’s marathon title for 20 years. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Going for gold: Australian success stories at the Glasgow Games

After 11 days of competition, the 2014 Commonwealth Games have wound up, with 35 countries sharing 1,385 medals in 261 medal events. It was also the first time since 1986 Australia didn’t finish top of…
An Aussie handover wouldn’t be complete without ‘our Kylie’. Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Kitsch and Kylie – but one surprise at the Glasgow closing ceremony

I hope you didn’t sleep through or otherwise avoid the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, especially its Gold Coast 2018 handover component. If so, you surely missed a production…
Famous for its golden sandy beaches and almost year round sunshine, Australia’s Gold Coast will host the next Commonwealth Games. AAP Image/Dan Peled

From Glasgow to the Gold Coast: what to expect in 2018

It’s hard to think of any two Commonwealth Games host cities more different than Glasgow and the Gold Coast in faraway Australia, home to the 2018 Games. But as our small university delegation discovered…
Sally Pearson acknowledges the crowd after winning the women’s 100 metres at the Perth Track Classic earlier this year. AAP/Theron Kirkman

Trust is a must for coaches and athletes – just ask Sally Pearson

Long-running tension between Australian athletics team captain Sally Pearson and head coach Eric Hollingsworth has boiled over after the coach was suspended for publicly criticising the Olympic gold medallist…
Javelin throwers make it look easy, but there’s more to the action than you might think. David Davies/PA Wire

Science of the spear: biomechanics of a javelin throw

The Commonwealth Games women’s javelin finals were held overnight, with Aussies Kim Mickle and Kelsey-Lee Roberts picking up gold (plus a Games record) and bronze respectively. Seven-time British champion…
Emma McKeon, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte Barratt after winning the 4x200m Freestyle Final. Emma and Brittany are also undergraduate students at Griffith University. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Nail it or fail it – how student athletes juggle sport and study

Australia sent 417 athletes to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games – its largest ever contingent – and based on our 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games competitors, around 40% are university students…
Scottish mountain biker Rab Wardell at the official opening of the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, Glasgow. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Common ground: how mountain biking will leave a lasting legacy

Mountain bikers took to trails around Glasgow yesterday, with men’s and women’s cross-country races run at the new purpose-built Cathkin Braes Country Park. There’s more to the event than steep slopes…
Hockeyroo Edwina Bone is tackled by Scotland’s Linda Clement on day four of the Glasgow Games. EMPICS Sport

Perfect pitch: how Australian hockey took the world by storm

With the Commonwealth Games underway, it’s time to take a look at a sport with a long and successful history in Australia – field hockey. Both the Australian men and women’s teams have gone to Glasgow…
Despite the slightly shallower (and slower) Tollcross pool, Australia’s Daniel Fox set a world record in the Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 heat. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Why swimming records stand, even with a broken pool floor

You may have seen some controversy regarding water depth in the Tollcross International Swimming Centre being used for competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The pool has a movable floor that allows…
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake – a dual silver Olympic medallist – injured himself in the lead-up to the Glasgow Games. Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Strained from over-training? Sensors can help prevent injury

As the 2014 Commonwealth Games began in Glasgow last week, a number of potential medal winners could only watch the events unfold as they were sidelined by injuries incurred at training. Aussie track star…
The 2014 Commonwealth Games celebrates the old British Empire, yet the host country is considering independence. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Scottish spectacle of sport and politics: the view from Australia

Sport mega events such as the Commonwealth Games are routinely described as global spectacles, but they always focus intensively on one part of the globe for a short period. For the hosts, this is the…
Medals for para-sport events in the Commonwealth Games, such as para-cycling tandem sprint, count towards national medal tallies. Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Integration not segregation: para-sports at the Glasgow Games

Australian athletes at the Commonwealth Games won a stack of medals over the weekend, bringing the nation to the top of the medal tally. Of the Aussie medal winners, para-swimmer Daniel Fox took gold in…
Leisel Jones (centre, in 2010) has 10 gold Commonwealth medals to her name – on par with Susie O'Neill and Ian Thorpe. Is the next swimming star in your family? AAP/Dave Hunt

Want to raise a gold medallist? Six tips for sporting success

Australia has kicked off the Commonwealth Games with a bang, winning 17 medals in the first day of competition, including five gold medals. The women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay had a particularly successful…
He’s only 28 years old, but Eamon Sullivan has hung up his goggles. EPA/Julian Abram Wainwright

How athletes such as Eamon Sullivan cope with retirement

As the Commonwealth Games enters its last days, Australian sprinter John Steffenson announced he’s hanging up the spikes after the tournament is over, and diver Matthew Mitcham hinted at retiring too…
Australia’s Cate Campbell transitioning from the on-block phase to the flight phase of a swimming start. EPA/Juanjo Martin

Take your marks … the science behind the perfect swimming dive

The swimming events of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games are among the first on the schedule. Australia and the UK tend to do quite well in the swimming events – as does Canada – so it’s an excellent opportunity…
Sally Pearson, pictured here after winning the 100m Hurdles at the London Olympics, is tipped to take gold at the Commonwealth Games. EPA/Christian Charisius

Fewer medals, but Glasgow 2014 will still be a gold rush for Australia

Some 71 nations will participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, starting on Wednesday in Glasgow – so what are Australia’s chances? Many countries – including Australia – are sending their largest ever…
Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde and Scottish swimming champion Gregor Tait get their symbols out in Sydney last year. Daniel Munoz/AAP Image

Thistles and tartan: the fun and Games of Scottish identity

Since September 2012, the mascot of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Clyde the thistle, has been popping in and out of the media radar; greeting children, featuring on merchandise, cheerfully promoting…