Commonwealth Games Wales


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Monday 30th January, 2017

It will soon be ‘1 year to go’ until Team Wales’ athletes begin their journey down under to Gold Coast 2018. Even though Wales and Australia are over 15,000 km apart, we share more links than you may think. Here are some interesting facts about Wales and Australia...

Both Australia and Wales make up two of the six countries that have competed in every Commonwealth Games since 1930.

There are over 2400 species of spiders in Australia, 50 of which are not harmful to humans whereas Wales only have 650 different species of spiders.

Australia’s total population is nearly 8 times bigger than that of Wales, where there is total population of 24 million.

Three Australian Prime Ministers have been of Welsh Ancestry, Tony Abbot, Julia Gillard and Billy Hughes.

Kylie and Danni Minogue’s mother was born in Wales.

Football is the most played sport in both Australia and Wales.

Captain James Cook named the state of New South Wales during his survey across Australia. He originally named it ‘New Wales’ after ‘Wales’ but later revised the wording to ‘New South Wales. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as ‘New South Welshman’.

Australia’s sheep population is bigger than to that of Wales, with them having over 39 million sheep compared to Wales that only has around 9.8 million.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Australia was 50.7 degrees Celsius whereas the hottest recording in Wales was only 35.2 degrees Celsius.

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