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Queensland athletes at the Commonwealth Games

Photo credit: Swimming Australia

Photo credit: Swimming Australia

It’s no secret that Queensland prides itself on its sporting reputation. From the pool, to the netball court, the hockey field, athletics track, rugby oval, velodrome and more, Queenslanders have produced countless awe inspiring performances and memorable moments. With a strong history of success at the Commonwealth Games and with the support of a home crowd, we are confident that Queensland athletes will yet again provide some spine-tingling spectacles at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Queensland’s top performers

When we look through past Commonwealth Games results, Queensland would be independently ranked very highly on the medal tally. In fact, at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, with a total of 30 gold, 21 silver and 12 bronze medals, Queensland would have ranked fifth overall. This story is consistent throughout history.

Queensland event medals at the Commonwealth Games

Medal 1994 Victoria 1998 Kuala Lumpur 2002 Manchester 2006 Melbourne 2010 Delhi 2014 Glasgow
Gold 21 26 18 39 30 21
Silver 16 12 15 26 21 15
Bronze 11 7 15 24 12 18
Total 48 45 48 89 63 54
Photo credit: Swimming Australia

Photo credit: Swimming Australia

With 237 event medals credited to Queenslanders between 1994 & 2014, there is a long list of notable performances. Topping the list for Queensland is the legendary Susie O’Neill who has won a total of 16 Commonwealth Games medals, including a remarkable 6 gold medals at one single games. This places her on top of the Australian list for most gold medals won at a single games as well as second on the list for most medals won by an Australian competitor.

As a proud swimming state, recent Games have seen the rise of the Cate and Bronte Campbell, Emily Seebohm and Cameron McEvoy who between them have won 12 gold medals, with them all looking to add more to this tally in 2018. Out of the water Sally Pearson will be chasing a three-peat in the 100m Hurdles after her successes in Deli and Doha as will Marathon runner Michael Shelly who shot to stardom after his incredible win in Doha.

Photo credit: Photo credit Veloshotz

Photo credit: Photo credit Veloshotz

In the team events, Australia and Queensland have a long and proud history with the Men’s Hockey team, currently lead by Queenslander Mark Knowles, being undefeated since the sport debuted at the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur. Similarly the Women’s team, who have historically had many Queensland representatives, have been undefeated since the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

On the court, our Australian Netball team, starring Queenslander Laura Geitz, have won 3 out 5 gold medals since the sports debut. After conceding wins to New Zealand in 2006 and 2010, Australia reasserted their dominance in 2014 to take gold and are the hot favourites leading into the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In the build up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games many of these current and retired top performing and inspirational Queensland athletes have been named as GC2018 and Commonwealth Games ambassadors. Queensland athlete ambassadors include: Sally Pearson (athletics), Cameron McEvoy (swimming), Anna Meares (track cycling), Laura Geitz (netball), Brittany Elmslie (swimming), Charlotte Caslick (rugby 7’s), Damon Kelly (weightlifting), Matthew Denny (athletics) and Nic Beveridge (triathlon).

Last updated
16 January 2018