GOLD COAST — The 2018 Commonwealth Games formally closed with a spectacular ceremony at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre here today.
Team Australia topped the medals table with 198, followed by England with 136 while Malaysia finished 12th with seven gold, five silver and 12 bronze.
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin in his speech said the 2018 edition broke new ground with Women’s Rugby 7’s, Beach Volleyball and Para Triathlon medals awarded for the first time as part of the largest integrated sports programme in Commonwealth Games history.
He said the calibre of the athletes has been unparalleled showcasing world record holders, sporting greats and breakthrough performances from young athletes.
“While the curtains come down on this Games, the future of sports in the Commonwealth is very bright indeed, in fact , in 2018 the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Sports are more relevant than ever before.
“We have witnessed high performance sports at its best on the Gold Coast. Athletes, team officials, volunteers, spectators and the media have shared in the triumphs and challenges alongside the athletes across 275 events,” he said.
He also acknowledged the 15,000 volunteers that have made the sporting achievement possible.
Australian indie pop singer-songwriter and producer from the Gold Coast, Amy Shark opened the show with the song ‘Let Love Rule’ followed by a performance by Archie Roach, joined by Voice of Birralee and the Yugambeh Youth Choir.
Simultaneously, the Restless Dance Theatre performed on the satellite stage around Archie and Amy.
The show continued with a performance by Ricki-Lee and The Koi Boys before Anthony Callea took the stage to perform ‘You Should be Dancing’ accompanied by the athletes.
The athletes who took part in the Games emerged from their seats to join throughout the stadium to a thunderous Gold Coast welcome from the 35,000 strong crowd.
The CGF flag was lowered and carried out by military representatives through the athletes towards the Earth stage.
It was presented to the Mayor of the City of Gold Coast, Councillor Tom Tate, who then presented the Flag to the CGF president.
Martin handed the Flag to the 2022 Commonwealth Games host through the Mayor of the City of Birmingham, Councillor Anne Underwood.
The finale saw the cast reunited for a rousing last performance with a message ‘Put a Little Love in Your Heart’. — BERNAMA