Commonwealth Games achieves gender equity in medal events
British National Mountain Biking Champion Lee Craigie talks with Commonwealth Class about her work with young people and the benefits of sport on self-esteem and confidence. Students from Shawlands Academy in Glasgow, Scotland discuss the languages they use at home, in the classroom and with friends in the playground. With over 30 languages spoken in the school the students, who also attend a 'Language of the month club' where they learn about the language, food and culture of different countries, have lots to talk about.
International Education Week: Language debate. The students in each of the schools have very different experiences when it comes to their daily lessons, language and even the weather they experience in the playground. They do, however, have a lot in common when it comes to the issues that matter to them. Commonwealth Class meet Maria Toorpakai-Wazir a 22 year-old Squash player from South Waziristan, a highly conservative area of Pakistan, who from a young age disguised herself as a boy in order to play sports.
This film follows young people in Mount Elgon in Kenya who run to school. It also features Linet Masai and her brother Moses who attended Bishop Okring Secondary in the foothills of Mount Elgon who have gone on to become successful athletes. Meet the world's fastest man Usain Bolt and the woman behind his meteoric rise to global superstardom, PE teacher Lorna Thorpe.
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Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets CSS if you are able to do so. For a better experience on your device, try our mobile site. Accessibility links Skip to content Skip to local navigation Accessibility Help. BBC iD Sign in. Joel Hodgson. Lee Craigie. Mairi Hedderwick, Authors live. And in , the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, B. Despite the central role Canada has played in the Commonwealth Games, there appears to be a lack of knowledge, awareness and value of these Games.
Perhaps the declining media exposure over the years may be partly to blame. In the past, CBC provided full coverage. This year, the only way Canadians will be able to see the events live will be if they sign up for DAZN, a subscription-based live streaming platform — CBC will only show highlights.
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The symbiotic relationships of sport and media offers sport a promotional platform. I had just begun training in the high jump and found myself glued to the television, paying particular attention to athletics. I had no reason to believe I would ever be good enough to be a national team athlete, but it ignited a desire in me. To my surprise, four years later I was representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Maylasia — my first of four Commonwealth Games.
Eventually, I too would take a victory lap around the track waving proudly the Canadiana flag when I won the gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Lack of media coverage of a sporting event is like a tree falling in the forest. If no one is around to hear the tree fall, does it make a sound? Likewise, if coverage of a mega sporting event like the Commonwealth Games is not freely accessible and wide-reaching, can the Games be said to exist or even be important?
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The Gold Coast Games will be the most inclusive international Games in history. These Games will be the first international Games to achieve gender equality, with the same number of medal events for women and men; the first international Games to have a reconciliation action plan, respecting and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and the largest integrated para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history. Certainly, I attribute my ability of being ranked in the Top 10 in my sport and becoming an Olympian because of the Commonwealth Games.
The depth of competition is high, and winning a medal at these Games can signify for an athlete they have arrived, and are among the best in the world at their sport. Most importantly, this can go a long way in enhancing the confidence of an athlete — the cornerstone behind any great performance. And of the 22 medals won at the Rio Games, 14 of them came from athletes who competed at the Glasgow Games. The Commonwealth Games serve as a gateway to podium performances at the Olympic Games.
Athletes are able to assess how they are they are progressing midway through the quadrennial cycle while also comparing how they measure up to their competitors while taking part in a mega sporting event. For non-Olympic sports, these Games may be the pinnacle event in their sporting career. The Commonwealth Games are not to be taken lightly.
They exist because Canada created them. The Games continues to exist because they are driven by shared values, offering excellence both on and off the field of play. For those reasons and more, the Commonwealth Games are still important. Nicole W. This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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