1000 days to go: Countdown is on to the 2026 Commonwealth Games
Today marks 1000 days to go until the 2026 Commonwealth Games get underway across the State of Victoria
Team Wales will travel to Australia in March 2026 for what will be the 23rd edition Games, which will begin with a stand out event for the Opening Ceremony held at the world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, before launching into the sports programme the following day at venues across the State of Victoria.
Commonwealth Games Wales President, Helen Phillips MBE, said: “1000 days to go is an important milestone which enables athletes, officials and sports to focus on what will be a unique Commonwealth Games in Victoria. It’s great to be building momentum to the Games, and the next two and a half years will no doubt go very quickly.
“Team Wales always have a warm welcome in Australia and our performances both on and off the pitch have always been applauded. Gold Coast 2018 was our best ever performance away from home and Melbourne in 2006 was another example of an excellent event where we excelled and inspired the next generation of athletes and communities at home.
“Our athletes experience remains central in our planning and through our athletes commission and athlete expertise on the board they will have huge influence on our preparations going into the games, this is something we are proud of our new board remain committed to.”
The Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, held between March 17-29, will be the first time in Commonwealth history that the multi-sport event will be held across a State; Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland and Shepparton, and whilst the Opening Ceremony will be held in Melbourne, the spectacular Closing Ceremony will be held at Kardinia Park in Geelong.
Rebecca Edwards-Symmons, Commonwealth Games Wales CEO, added “Seeing first-hand the work that goes into preparing a team for a Games is astonishing and the team are working very hard to make this a Games to remember.
“Victoria 2026 is a very different configuration to previous Games, and we look forward to creating the best atmosphere possible for our athletes to perform at their best.”