GC2018 is going for gold in its quest to deliver an inclusive Games and will proudly host the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history.
GC2018 will set a new Commonwealth Games record by hosting up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports – an increase of 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals compared to the para-sport competition staged at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
Further highlighting GC2018’s commitment to equality and inclusion, there will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all sports.
The GC2018 Para-Sport programme has been developed by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and GC2018 in consultation with the International Paralympic Committee and other relevant international sport federations to showcase the best para-sport in the Commonwealth.
Athletics, Swimming, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Track Cycling, Table Tennis and Triathlon will all be contested during the April 4–15, 2018 event.
The swimming and athletics programmes will double in size from previous Games, while Paratriathlon will make its anticipated debut at GC2018, building on the great success of the able-bodied Triathlon competition in Glasgow 2014 and the sport’s increasing profile across the globe.
The first ever wheelchair marathon (T54) at a Commonwealth Games will take the inspirational thrill of Para-Sport competition to the streets and communities of the Gold Coast.
The 42.195km Marathon, on the final day of GC2018 competition (Sunday 15 April 2018) will start at 6:10am, with the women’s Marathon at 7:20am and men’s Marathon at 8:15am..
The course will enable fans to get up close to the action from Runaway Bay in the north to Burleigh Heads in the south.
Starting and finishing at the Southport Broadwater Parklands, the course will take runners and wheelchair athletes to a northern turn (4.4km) at Runaway Bay, on a flat and scenic route to a southern turn (25.3km) at Burleigh Heads, before an exciting final stretch back to Southport for the finish.
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