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