Team SA lands home after Commonwealth Games success

Winning feeling Asha Philip Dina Asher-Smith Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen pose with their medal

Winning feeling Asha Philip Dina Asher-Smith Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen pose with their medalPAUL CHILDS

David Liti receives the David Dixon Award for outstanding sporting spirit.

India's glittering medal haul at the Gold Coast took the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Twitter by storm.

It was also free to start its coverage earlier than the ceremony's designated start time and play its own exclusive footage of the team arriving to the cheer of the crowd but aired an episode of My Kitchen Rules instead.

Channel Seven was aware athletes would be largely snubbed from the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony despite claiming to have been as shocked by the decision as the millions who watched it, it has emerged.

He said the welfare of the athletes was behind the decision as "the last thing they want is to stand in a field for an hour waiting to get into the closing ceremony".

These Games - the first major multi-sport event to feature gender medal event equality - provided not only a platform for Canada's young, developing stars of tomorrow, it also showcased the strength of Canadian women athletes.

Queensland's Courier-Mail reported that athletes left the ceremony early to hit the bar.

On the swimming scene, coach Riddin said he had been told by Swimming SA that he would be credited as a personal coach for Tandy and "to celebrate my 40th year of coaching I made a decision to take the trip to the Gold Coast as I felt Brad was definitely in contention for a medal".

"I'm sorry you're being way too polite", she told Zempilas.

"I will engage with everyone when there is a real solid circumstances to blow up".

In blue ribbon events such as the 100 metres or marathon, success has largely eluded us.

"People are thinking that Channel 7 has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley, or other flag bearers", said Griggs.

Swim king Mitch Larkin, suitcase bulging with five gold medals from the Gold Coast Games, said he had encouraged other athletes to stick around for an event that was usually "pretty special". He said: "We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow".

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had warned that athletes would be forcibly removed from the country if they attempted to overstay their visas. "I told myself that it is easy but I had to be prepared for everything", she said. I have sparred with her so I knew her game-plan well.

"It's a little bit heartbreaking because that was our only chance at doing that", she said.

Said Botes: "It's been a privilege to be given the opportunity to represent my country at such a prestigious event and to be able to rub shoulders with some of the best athletes in the world".

Viewers turned to social media to vent their frustration after organisers decided not to show the athletes and flagbearers enter Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast to the traditional chorus of cheers during the closing ceremony. "For us, we've got really close to our best ever away performance - we didn't quite achieve it". They were way too long tonight. "But I felt good that Chad acknowledged my input from the past". "It is very simple - I should not have spoken". I should not have spoken.

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