The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is setting the bar for gender equality with the event to be the first in the history of a major multi-sport Games to have an equal number of men and women’s medal events.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said having a 50/50 split of medal events for men and women was a step in the right direction towards greater social equality and inclusion in sport.
“Several events have been added to the Games program across women’s Weightlifting, Boxing and Cycling, bringing the total number of events to a record-breaking 275 medal sessions,” the Premier said.
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“This decision sets the standard for greater gender equity in sport and further demonstrates the Commonwealth Games Federation and GC2018’s commitment to improving equality and inclusion.”
Minister Hinchliffe said the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games was set to be the most inclusive Games in history, by also increasing the inclusion of people with disability.
“We’re delivering the largest integrated para-sports program in Commonwealth Games history, with more than 300 athletes expected to compete in 38 events, including the marathon and para-triathlon,” he said.
“It is a very welcome boost to world sport and more broadly a positive move for inclusion across the board – that has been a long time coming.”
“At the 1930 Games in Hamilton, Ontario women competed in just 12 per cent of the total medal events and 88 years later equality will finally be realised on the Gold Coast.