Team Gibraltar has continued to build ahead of this week’s XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. This weekend saw numbers bolstered by the Swim Team who arrived on Saturday, joining the Cyclists, Tri-Athletes, Athletes, Squash Player and Gymnast who have been in Australia for almost a week.

All have been hard at training at the various facilities and venues available. Gibraltar’s numbers are completed on Tuesday with the final instalment of Athletes with the shooters touching down.

The weekend saw the flag-raising and welcoming ceremony take place, where Team Gibraltar and five African countries were traditionally welcomed to the village by Aboriginal dancers. They were also joined by a dance troop and the village Mayor, with Chef de Mission Brian Buckley exchanging gifts on behalf of the team.

Gibraltar Commonwealth Games Association president Harry Murphy and General Secretary Joe Schembri also attended the Commonwealth Games Federation annual assembly meeting on Saturday, where the next games in 2022 were discussed among other things. On Tuesday the pair attended the CGF European meeting. 

Commenting on this and the time down under so far, Gen. Secretary Joe Schembri said “The team has settled in well to their temporary surroundings and are training hard ahead of competition in a few day's time. The general assembly discussed a wide range of topics and there’s headway been made in the planning for Birmingham in 2022 and beyond.