COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018Key information regarding the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast
In 2018 the XXI Commonwealth Games will take place in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4 and 15 April. As the only major games to which Northern Ireland take a team, 2018 is an excellent opportunity for athletes and coaches to experience a major games enviroment.
How will the Commonwealth Games team be selected?
The selection process for the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG2018) is quite different to other major games. The process begins with Athletics NI nominating athletes in rank order to the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICWGC) who then select the team based on the number of team places available to Athletics. Therefore, while consideration standards are used to provide a baseline performance level for athletes to strive to obtain it is possible that not every athlete who achieves the standards will ultimately be selected by the NICWGC. Similarly, it is also possible for athletes who do not obtain the consideration standards to still attend the games if the number of athletes meeting the consideration standards is less than the number of places allocated to Athletics.
Who sets the consideration standards for the CWG 2018?
The consideration standards provide a guideline for the kind of performances that will be necessary for an athlete to be considered for selection. Consideration standards are ultimately set by Athletics NI but for the first time in 2016 an open consultation was conducted on Wednesday 6th April 2016 so that coaches and other interested parties could contribute to the selection policy. The minutes from this consultation were published on 9th May 2016 and it is expected that the majority of the recommendations will be adopted within the selection policy.
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On Wednesday 6th April 2016, Athletics NI hosted a consultation with coaches and interested parties regarding preparation and planning for the the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The event, held at the Ramada Plaza Shaws Bridge in Belfast, was designed to help answer several...read more