It was November 2011 when Australia beat Sri Lanka for the tender to host the 21st Commonwealth Games on the beautiful beaches on the Gold Coast, Australia. It will be the fifth time Australia has hosted the games since its induction in 1930, first hosted in Sydney in 1938, Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982 and Melbourne in 2006.
The opening ceremony took place at Carrara Stadium to the eyes of 2.7 millions viewers across the nation, down on the 3 million viewers for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, but still impressive given the advancements in technology and reliance on streaming services, plus the actual games locations on the Gold Coast were certainly packed with tourists and visitors to view the spectacle live.
The ceremony itself paying respect to the indigenous lands of which the games are being held, as well as a nod to the ‘cruisey’ surf lifestyle the Gold Coast offers, being one of Australia’s biggest tourist locations. Athletes including Suzie “Madam Butterfly” O’neill, known for her amazing talents and wins in the swimming style of butterfly and presenter of the Nova 106.9 morning drive show Ash, Kip and Lutzy with Suzie O’neill, netball royalty Liz Ellis and hurdler Sally Pearson also running the baton around Carrara Stadium before it was handed to Commonwealth Games Boss Peter Beattie and finally to HRH Prince Charles to deliver the opening message for the games on behalf of the Queen.
Performances from artists including Christine Anu (My Island Home), Emma Dean (Covering You’re the Voice by John Farnham), Ricki Lee and Delta Goodrem all showing the world what talent we have here in the Great Southern Land. And of course, it wouldn’t be truly Australian, albeit Queensland, without rain. Despite our license plates and state motto bearing “Beautiful one day, Perfect the next”, the “Sunshine State” certainly belted many visitors and broadcasters with rain during the day, including the Today Shows’ Karl Stefanovic, Georgie Gardner and guest Sophie Monk wearing towels over their heads during their interview which you can read here on news.com.au
The opening ceremony wasn’t without its blunders. We had the Gold Coast #Assgate, where, a dancer in the opening ceremony accidentally flashed her behind. There was also rain and plenty of it, pouring down on spectators prior to the ceremony starting, and rumours of lip syncing among live performers. The English team were also slammed for parading in the most casual attire on the night, in just sweatpants and tshirts, compared to the suits worn by most countries. Tonga also chose to parade on the night to the Divinyls hit “I touch myself” (while wearing provocative attire) – an odd song indeed all the while a bunch of indigenous protesters were being arrested just outside the gates. It was all happening at the opening ceremony!
Overall Australia has done a fantastic job of not only hosting the event, but currently stands as the gold medal and overall medal leader of the games. Stay tuned for a full run down of the games at its conclusion next week. Many are divided on the opening ceremony saying it was unusual, bizarre or excellent. What are your thoughts?
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