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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, Queensland athletes were yet again able to provide some spine-tingling spectacles at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Check out the impressive results of Queensland athletes as well as interesting statistics and noteworthy mentions in this infographic summary (PDF, 101K).

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 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, with a total of 36 gold, 27 silver and 27 bronze medals, Queensland would have ranked third overall on the medal tally. 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 Coast

Gold 21 26 18 39 30 21 36
Silver 16 12 15 26 21 15 27
Bronze 11 7 15 24 12 18 27
Total 48 45 48 89 63 54 90
Photo credit: Swimming Australia

Photo credit: Swimming Australia

With 327 event medals credited to Queenslanders between 1994 & 2018, 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, Cameron McEvoy, Emma McKeon and Mitchell Larkin who between them have won upwards of 30 gold medals. Out of the water Marathon runner Michael Shelly claimed an incredible win in Glasgow and backed that up with another extraordinary gold medal win in the same event on the Gold Coast. This makes Michael the first Commonwealth champion to defend his title since Rob de Castella won both 1982 and 1986 editions of the marathon, running to an emotional victory in 2:16:46.

Dane Bird-Smith continued Australia's winning tradition in the men's 20km race walk, taking out gold. This is the fifth time the event has been contested at a Commonwealth Games and the fifth time an Australian has secured the top podium spot. 

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, being undefeated since the sport debuted at the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur. That tradition continued, with the men's team claiming their sixth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal. A fitting send off for retiring Kookaburras Captain and Australian team Flag Bearer, Mark Knowles.

Similarly the Women’s team, who have historically had many Queensland representatives, have been undefeated since the 2006 Games in Melbourne. Though they came away from the Gold Coast with silver, the Hockeyroos have much to be proud of.

In the build up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games many of these current and retired top performing and inspirational Queensland athletes were 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
1 June 2018