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GC2018 Sports stamp pack

SKU #15141064

GC2018 Sports stamp pack

The Sports stamp pack comprises two sheetlets of 10 x $1 Wattle stamps. There are 10 stamp-tabs in each sheetlet featuring images of various Commonwealth Games sports.
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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), which will take place 4–15 April, will be the fifth occasion Australia has played host to the “Friendly Games”.

The first Australian Games was in Sydney in 1938, followed by Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982 and Melbourne in 2006.

The very first Commonwealth Games (then known as the British Empire Games) was held in Canada in 1930. Since then the Games have been held every four years, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 during World War II. The Games have grown from an event featuring 11 countries and 400 athletes to a modern sporting spectacular that includes 70 nations and territories and over 6,600 athletes and team officials.

The number of sports has grown over the years. The first Games included six sports; in 2018 there will be 18 sports and seven para-sports contested. Sports include Aquatics (Diving and Swimming), Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (mountain bike, road and track), Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic), Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Para-sports include Athletics, Swimming, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Track Cycling, Table Tennis and Triathlon. GC2018 will set a new Commonwealth Games record by hosting up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across these seven sports. This represents 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals than the para-sport competition at the previous Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

At GC2018, for the first time in the history of a major multi-sport Games, there will be an equal number of medal events for men and women.