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Are you game?

Last Updated: 15 December 2018








Are you game?

When the first Commonwealth Games began in Hampton in 1930, it featured just six sports - Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming & Diving), Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, and Wrestling. Now, there are 17 sports on offer, including hockey, lawn bowls, rugby 7s and ten pin bowling. We’ve chosen three of the lesser known Commonwealth sports and take a look at how you can get involved.  

Open water swimming

Open water swimming is one of the ‘Top End Sports’ in the Commonwealth Games – meaning the hosts can choose to include it or not.And with all of the health benefits of swimming, plus the increased benefits of being outdoors (a vitamin D boost, fresh air and often beautiful views) it’s not surprising that more people are choosing it over a chlorinated indoor pool.   


Where to try it 

With the countries vast coastline and beautiful beaches, it’s unsurprising that Australia already takes advantage of open water swimming. But if you’re unsure about where to find an organised swim, and for tips on when it’s safe (and unsafe) to hit the sea, take a look at http://www.oceanswims.com/.


Lawn bowls

This quintessentially British game can be traced back to the early 12th century and has since grown in popularity across the world –  it’s now played in over 40 countries across the globe.

The game requires focus and concentration, yet a boldness and bravery that entices both players and spectators in. 

Australia has over 2000 bowling clubs, and the game has recently experienced a resurgence due to clubs relaxing their rules on membership and dresscode. ‘Barefoot bowls’ as it’s lovingly referred to by the new wave of younger bowlers, is giving the game a new breath of life. To find out about where you can play, take a look at www.bowlsaustralia.com.au.



For the first year ever, softball will be played at this Commonwealth Games. The game originating from the USA is similar to baseball in many ways – both require strength, speed, skill and agility. There are two main forms; fast and slow pitch but also many modifications to suit age, fitness and ability. 


To find your nearest club and for information on rules and how to get started take a look at http://softball.org.au/locator.asp


Written by Dr. Noel Duncan

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