Queenslanders already displaying spirit of the Commonwealth
There is just over a month until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games come to town, but Queenslanders are already embracing the spirit of the Commonwealth by helping their neighbouring nations.
Cyclone Gita left a trail of destruction through Fiji and Tonga last week, and earlier this week hit New Zealand.
Tonga and Fiji – along with New Zealand – are part of the ten-nation Rugby League Commonwealth Championship being held at Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, this weekend in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
In the spirit of the Commonwealth, organisers will donate the proceeds of ticket sales to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. There will also be donation points throughout the Championship at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Stadium.
The nine-a-side- rugby league competition was first played as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Event organisers are hopeful rugby league nines will one day be a Commonwealth Games sport and are leveraging Queensland’s passion for the game in the lead-up to GC2018 to raise the profile of the exciting and dynamic sport.
In 2018 the event will be expanded to include six open women's teams, in addition to eight men's under-23s teams and three teams including players with physical disabilities.
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