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2006 Commonwealth Games—
Melbourne Australia


Rowing has not been included as a sport at these Games. An unofficial Commonwealth Regatta may take place and discussions are well advanced.

Patrick McNamara, President of Rowing Australia, has taken over the position of President of the Commonwealth Rowing Association and is working towards organisation of this regatta.

Despite this ommission and the disruption to the sport of rowing, the Games were sensational and Melbourne put on a grand show.


The Australian team dominated and the final medal tally was as follows:

Country Gold Silver Bronze
Australia 84 69 68
England 36 40 34
Canada 26 29 31
India 22 17 11
South Africa 12 13 13


There were approximately 5,766 athletes and team officials in attendance in Melbourne with the home nation having the largest team with 535 athletes and officials and the volcanic island of Montserrat the smallest with 4 members.  

The Commonwealth Games web site reported that:

For the first time in the history of the Games the Queen's Baton visited every single Commonwealth nation and territory taking part in the Games, a journey of 180,000 kms (112, 500 miles). The relay ended when the Governor of Victoria, and former Commonwealth Games medallist, John Landy delivered the baton to Her Majesty the Queen at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the opening ceremony.  


The sports on the programme were Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bowls, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Rugby 7s, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon and Weightlifting.

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