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3 events exhibiting diversity at the upcoming Games

By Andrew Bell

There's just over a month to go until the highly anticipated Games kick off and the Gold Coast is set alight with the buzz of tourists, booming economy, countless new cultures and best of all: world-class athletic achievements!

The Games are exciting for so many reasons. For one, they may just be the biggest thing to ever happen here. They're also the biggest in the Games' long history, boasting the largest medal event programme and the most number of sessions. Perhaps most importantly, these Games are also setting out to make things a bit more equal.

So, which events can owners and renters of Surfers Paradise real estate look forward to showcasing beautiful diversity this year?

1. The opening ceremony

On April 4, Carrara Stadium will set the stage for an explosion of glamour, theatre and entertainment as the venue for the Games' opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony will mark the culmination of the Queens' Baton Relay, which has been going since January 6. By the time the baton arrives at Carrara Stadium it will have travelled from Brisbane International Airport, all the way around the coasts of Australia carried by chosen athletes of all ages.

Featuring diversity, culture, colour and unity, the opening ceremony not only represents the Commonwealth, but will also epitomise the beautiful welcoming spirit of the Gold Coast. This is definitely one to catch.

2. Women's Rugby Sevens

Say what? That's right, female Sevens players have at long last been invited to take part in the Games. This addition, combined with both male and female beach volleyball, has meant these Games will be the first major multi-sport event in the world with an equal number of medals between men and women.

This fast-paced, intense game is guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Dress to the nines and head to the Sevens – get your party on and make treasured memories as these powerful female athletes make history.

3. Para-triathlon

In their quest for greater inclusiveness, the organisers have also invited athletes with disabilities to participate in the largest integrated para-sport program in the Games' history.

The organiser have reported that the program will host up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports, a 45 per cent increase of athletes and 73 per cent more medals than at the last Games in Glasgow 2014.

A range of sports will be included in the program, and some will double in size from previous years, but perhaps the most exciting is the debut of the Para-triathlon. Building on the success of the able-bodied Triathlon event at the 2014 Games, the Para-triathlon will even the playing field for athletes with disabilities.

We're so excited to be a part of the city hosting such a diverse and impactful sporting event. If you want to get amongst the fun this April, get in touch with us today about finding your next home on the Gold Coast.

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