The dedicated ‘Games Lanes’ on Gold Coast roads have been replaced with a Games Lounge at Gold Coast Airport, amid a mass exodus from the city.
Athletes, officials and spectators have headed home after a thrilling two weeks of Commonwealth Games action.
Australian Team Chef de Mission, Steve Moneghetti, today thanked the people of the Gold Coast and Queensland for hosting a memorable Commonwealth Games.
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“I am incredibly proud of our Australian Team for how they have competed and the success which they have achieved on the Gold Coast,” Moneghetti said in a statement.
“Our total of 198 medals including 80 gold is the best return from an Australian Commonwealth Games team since our last home Games in Melbourne 2006 (when we took home 222 medals, including 84 gold).
“But the medal tally is just one measure of success,” he added.
“I have been so thrilled to see how our athletes have embraced competing in front of a home crowd. In every venue, at every session, the support for our team was just amazing.
“Our Australian team totalled 710, but it felt like we had the support of more than 24 million Australian’s on our side.
“That support also came from the enormous group of wonderful volunteers who made these Games possible and who offered a friendly face at every turn.”