2010 Commonwealth Games Tour For Great Southern 5-9 December

2010 Commonwealth Games Tour For Great Southern 5-9 December

Western Australia Minister for Sport & Recreation Terry Waldron

WA Commonwealth Games Heroes Share The Spirit

Victor P Taffa

The 2010 Commonwealth Games may have been staged in New Delhi, but the spirit of the event will this month extend to Western Australia’s Great Southern.

Eight West Australian and WA-Based Athletes from the 2010 Australian Commonwealth Games team will be in the south for the ‘Share the Spirit 2010 Australian Commonwealth Games Regional Tour’ from December 5-9.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the tour had been made possible by funding from the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Country Sport Enrichment Scheme and Royalties for Regions.

“Without a doubt, there were many sports-lovers in the Great Southern region glued to their television sets during the 2010 Commonwealth Games to watch our Australian team pull off a magnificent medal haul.” Mr. Waldron said.


“The team’s tally of 177 medals, 74 gold, 55 silver and 48 bronze was bolstered by our own WA athletes who surpassed even their excellent efforts in Melbourne four years ago by bringing home 27 medals, including 16 gold.”

“I am delighted the Great Southern region will get its chance to further share in the spirit of community and the Commonwealth Games experience and be inspired in their own sport and recreational pursuits.”

On the tour will be:

  • Athletics Stars Amanda Bisk, Kim Mickle and Liz Parnov;
  • Badminton’s Nicholas Kidd;
  • Shooting Sensation Pamela McKenzie;
  • Cyclist Michael Freiberg;
  • Hockey Heroes Liam de Young and Rachael Lynch.

Current and Former High-Profile Athletes Kobie McGurk (Hockey), Paul Rogers (Basketball) and Stephanie Clements (nee Neesham, Water Polo) will assist as Chaperones for the Group.

The tour will cover all 11 Great Southern Shires and include visits to, and participation in activities organised by, Schools, Sporting Clubs and Community Groups.

During the tour dates, the local business community will benefit from a corporate breakfast in Albany featuring 1992 Olympic representative and current West Coast Eagles administrator Deane Pieters. The event will explore how to create mutually beneficial business and sporting partnerships.

“The ability for positive role models such as our athletes to provide inspiration on issues such as leading healthy lifestyles, leadership, teamwork, respect and motivation to achieve goals, particularly to our young people, should not be underestimated.” the Minister said.

“The Region can look forward to gaining much from this unique experience. The visit may even inspire some Commonwealth Games stars of the future.” Mr. Waldron said.