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Australia officially became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations in 1931 under the Statute of Westminster having become independent of the United Kingdom in 1901.
Australia is one of only six countries to have competed in all of the Commonwealth Games held since 1930.
The nation’s impressive international sport record extends to its participation in every Olympic and Paralympics Games in the modern era as well as each edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games which started in 2000.
At the first British Empire Games in 1930, Australia fielded a team of nine team members, who won eight medals; but at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India the nation was represented by 366 team members winning a total of 180 medals, 74 of which were gold.
Followed by a strong performance in Glasgow in 2014, where Australia was represented by 414 team members with 137 medals in total, of which 49 were gold. At the most recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast 2018, Australia fielded its largest team in Games history, 473 team members competed in front of home fans, winning a total of 199 medals, including 79 golds.
Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games five times, beginning with the Sydney 1938 Games, the third Commonwealth Games in history, through to the most recent Gold Coast 2018 Games, the twenty-first Commonwealth Games in history.
As the countdown continues to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the preparations towards the Games continue to ramp up for the Australian team.
Should all team sports qualify, Australia will be represented by a team of 425 athletes in Birmingham, the largest to compete at an overseas Games. The Australian Team in Birmingham will be led by 12-time Commonwealth Games medallist Petria Thomas OAM, the swimming legend will become the first female Chef de Mission in Australia’s Commonwealth Games history.
Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) is a member-based organisation, the members are the National Sporting Organisations (NSO’s) of Australia who represent the sports participating in the Commonwealth Games. The organisation receives no Australian Federal Government funding and exists to administer, control and coordinate the participation of program sports and their respective team members and officials who are selected for the Commonwealth Games.