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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.

Borobi visits Wales

Date: 9th Mar 2017

Borobi, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot is visiting Wales tomorrow ahead of the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay next week (13 March). 

He will be visiting the capital and surrounding areas, bringing his unique dance and cheerful persona to inspire Team Wales supporters ahead of next year's Games. 

Itinerary:

10-11am - Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda, Porth

Joined by Commonwealth Games Wales Chair, Helen Phillips and Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, Borobi will be teaching the children his dance and will be serenaded by the…

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Happy International Women's Day from our Chair

Date: 8th Mar 2017

International Women's Day is a great time to reflect in what ways organisations that I'm involved have progressed over the years. I am blessed to work alongside many inspirational women at executive & Board level in Commonwealth Games Wales and Gymnastics but equally humbled and privileged to see our members and partner organisations commit to reaching out to wider diverse groups. 

I'm so proud to work with great male role models who are also leading the campaign for gender equality and this really does demonstrate how far sport in Wales has come to improve the bal…

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