Ahead of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Friday, we're giving you the opportunity to send a message of support to our Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holders that have been selected in the Australian Commonwealth Games team. CLICK HERE.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games competition will commence on Friday and will be followed by a thrilling 11 days of action. Although Birmingham is 9 hours behind Melbourne, there will still be plenty of events to set the alarm for.
Our Victorian Institute of Sport supported athletes will make up 15% of the 435-strong Australian team, which is set to feature a record number of Para-athletes.
The team of VIS selected athletes consists of 41 women and 26 men, who will compete across 13 different sports. The largest sport to be represented in Birmingham by VIS scholarship holders will be athletics (16), while judo (10) and table tennis (8) are also well represented.
Excitingly, there will be 8 VIS supported Para-athletes that will compete across 4 different sports.
Victorian Institute of Sport Chief Executive Officer Anne Marie Harrison paid tribute to all the selected athletes, congratulating them on their accomplishment.
“We are so proud of each athlete and the journey they have taken to be selected in the Australian Commonwealth Games team; it is a wonderful achievement and honour. For all athletes, their paths have been unique and challenging over recent years, and I admire their determination, resilience and dedication - it is an honour to support such outstanding athletes.” Harrison said.
“VIS athletes have a proud history of success at the Commonwealth Games, and I have no doubt that this will continue in Birmingham where they will be #BoldInGold and indeed in the future at the 2026 Games in Victoria.”
“I would also like to acknowledge our amazing team at the VIS who have supported the athletes and thank them for their professionalism and dedication.”
We are also delighted to announce that we have 8 VIS staff members travelling with the Commonwealth Games team, including four physiotherapists: Steve Hawkins, Alison Low, Andrew Cameron and Dr. Ebonie Rio, two doctors: Dr. Pip Inge and Dr. Alice McNamara, a soft tissue therapist, Gillian Niven and a team operations member, Natalie Cross.
Click HERE to learn more about the Victorian Institute of Sport athletes heading to Birmingham.
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