Fifty-five South Australian athletes will don the green and gold in Birmingham when competition commences at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Each day of the Games will potentially feature South Australian talent (pending finals) with SA athletes competing across 17 different sports, including in new program additions for this year – women’s T20 cricket, mixed synchronised diving and basketball 3x3.
Within this group, 34 of the athletes selected are current South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) scholarship holders or graduates, who have been supported by SASI through its funding programs, elite performance services and daily training environments.
Leading the South Australian contingent with their experience are gold medallists Jane Claxton (hockey) and Matthew Glaetzer (track cycling), silver medallist Rohan Dennis (road cycling) and bronze medallist Jess Stenson (marathon), who will all be competing at their third Commonwealth Games.
There will be 40 athletes from SA making their Commonwealth Games debut; the youngest being 16-year-old Para swimmer and Tokyo Paralympian Isabella Vincent.
As well as the athletes who have booked a ticket to Birmingham, SASI based staff have been selected to support the Australian swimming, cycling, diving and beach volleyball teams.
The Birmingham Games will run across 11 days, wrapping up on Monday 8 August, where Australia will be aiming to replicate another gold rush after finishing on top of the leader board in 2018.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games have officially begun with the opening ceremony taking place at Alexander Stadium earlier this morning.
To follow our SA team at the Games, including their schedules and results, visit: www.sasi.sa.gov.au/about_us/birmingham-commonwealth-games
Quotes attributable to Katrine Hildyard
I am so excited that so many of our talented athletes have been selected to represent Australia at the 2022 Games – it’s something our entire State can be proud of.
For the majority of South Australians competing at the Games, SASI’s elite talent pathways have equipped them with the knowledge and skills required to succeed on the world sporting stage.
Congratulations and best of luck to all our athletes competing in Birmingham – your performances are sure to inspire a whole new generation of young sporting talent.
Quotes attributable to SASI Director Wes Battams
After a tough couple of years which has seen a global pandemic put competition and training on hold, it’s a huge credit to the 55 South Australian athletes who have earnt their spot on the Australian team.
We have several strong medal contenders who will be competing in Birmingham and we’ll be aiming to improve on our medal tally at the 2018 Games, where South Australians won 27 medals (18 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze).