2018 Commonwealth Games

The 2018 Commonwealth Games were an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that were held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between 4 and 15 April 2018. It was the fifth time Australia had hosted the Commonwealth Games and the first time a major multi-sport event achieved gender equality by having an equal number of events for males and female athletes

Carrara Stadium was the main venue for Athletics, the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony. The seating capacity of the stadium was temporarily increased to 40,000 for the games by the installation of a large temporary North Stand.

Carrara Stadium, now known as Metricon Stadium, was the initial home for the Brisbane Bears, which joined the then VFL in 1987. It was one of the expansion teams, along with the West Coast Eagles, and the second expansion into a Non Traditional Football state, after the Sydney Swans in 1982.

Playing games on the Gold Coast for a Brisbane team proved to be a failure and in 1991 the Bears played some games at The Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloongabba (known colloquially as the Gabba). In 1993 they moved to Brisbane permanently.

In 2011 the Gold Coast Suns were formed and made Carrara their home ground. The Queensland Government contributed $60 million towards the redevelopment of the stadium, increasing the capacity to around 25,000 of which 23,500 is seated. The Gold Coast City Council also contributed $20 million and the AFL $10 million.Queens Baton Relay

Queens Baton Relay

The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay was launched on Commonwealth Day, 13 March 2017, on the historic forecourt at Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II heralded the start of the relay by placing her ‘message to the Commonwealth and its athletes’ into the distinctive loop-design Queen’s Baton which then set off on its journey around the globe. It traveled for 388 days, spending time in every nation and territory of the Commonwealth. The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay was the longest in Commonwealth Games history. Covering 230,000 km over 388 days, the baton made its way through the six Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

The baton landed on Australian soil in December 2017 and then spent 100 days travelling through Australia, finishing its journey at the Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where the message was removed from the Baton and read aloud by Charles, Prince of Wales.

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire was involved in the relay. Mel Hunt, coach of the Camden Haven Bombers U15 and North Coast Force Youth Girls teams was also selected as a Baton Carrier.

Opening Ceremony

Philatelic covers with the Games postmarks were by CoversPlease.