Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletics 2018

On 12th April 2018 we went to the Commonwealth Games, hosted in the Gold Coast. We went to watch the athletics morning prelims.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletics 2018 kjt

I wanted to go because I always watch the heptathlon on TV and I felt like while we were so close to the games & hadn’t started working yet, we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to watch it in person. I was there to support Kat Johnson-Thompson because not only is she from my home city of Liverpool, but from my hometown!

We woke up at 6:30am because we decided to stay in Brisbane the night before in our favourite hostel, Breeze Lodge! We had to leave the hostel 7:10am to walk to the train station in plenty of time (expecting it to be busy) but our South Bank train to Nerang on the Gold Coast line at 7:40am wasn’t busy at all.

Welcome to the Gold Coast Games 2018

Once we got to Nerang station (about an hour later), we decided to walk to Carrara Stadium because the queues for the shuttle buses were insane & it was only a 20 minute walk.

On the walk to the stadium, there were people giving out free bottles of water (350ml) and once we arrived at the stadium, they were the only bottles that didn’t have to be emptied before entering.

Carrara stadium Gold Coast Games 2018

On entering the stadium, you have to go through airport style security, bags in the scanner & walking through the metal detector archway. After this, you proceed to your gate (on ticket) to get your ticket scanned and to enter the arena.

Commonwealth Games 2018 Carrara stadium Athletics

There are free water refill stations dotted around so you can fill your bottles back up & keep refreshed through what was a very hot day.

We got to watch the women’s 400m, men’s triple jump, women’s discuss throw as well as 2/7 of the heptathlon events, 100m hurdles & high jump.

After the first heptathlon event, Kat was in 5th place but after her high jump, she was into 1st place. Whilst watching the high jump, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the other Team England, Scotland & NI competitors who are all really young as they were hitting personal bests repeatedly. It’s really exciting to think of the future of the sport and of Team GB with these girls competing.

Kat won 1st place! Team England’s Niamh Emerson got 3rd place aged only 18. Team Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Connor was in 8th place & Team Scotland’s Holly McArthur was in 10th place. England’s Katie Stainton did not finish after falling in the hurdles in event 1/7.

Have you ever watched any international sporting events? What is your favourite sport to watch?

Bex

8 thoughts on “Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletics 2018

  1. Wonderful experience for one so relatively young. As an ex-Primary teacher, I can only say it gets even better in retirement!
    Hockey and Volleyball at London 2012 was a memorable experience but I go back a long way before then. My first love is tennis and 1969 saw my first visit to Wimbledon for the Men’s Singles semi-finals. Arthur Ashe thrashing Rod Laver in a first set only to be reeled in over the next three. A titanic struggle between Newcombe and Roche rounded off the day… which included a 17 year-old me following Evonne Goolagong (not yet Cawley) down to her match on an outside court. No security in those days!
    Smith/Nastase final hanging over the wall of the standing space on Centre in 1972 and a seat high up for Agassi/Ivanisevic in 1992 were a few of my other luck ballot experiences at one of the classiest tournaments in the world.
    My favourite sporting spectator experience?… watching the girls junior netball team, coached by my wife, clawing victory from the jaws of defeat in a knock-out tournament final in 1979!
    #EnjoySport
    (Are you home yet?)

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  2. How exciting !! Me and Dad went to the Commonwealth games in Manchester back in 2002 and it was an amazing day … something a bit different to going to a concert! x

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