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Southern Downs chosen to host Cameroon in lead-up to 2018 Commonwealth Games

It’s taken more than a year of dedication and hard work but today the Cameroon Commonwealth Games Team made it official: The Rose City is where they’ll train in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cameroon’s 78 athletes along with a number of team officials will arrive in Warwick in early March for a two week, pre-games training camp before the games officially kick-off on April 4.

Bordered by Nigeria to the west and located on Central Africa’s west coast, Cameroon is a country of around 22 million people and while its population is similar to Australia’s, it only has a land size the same as Papua New Guinea.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said the announcement was fantastic news for the Southern Downs Region. “We encourage all Southern Downs residents to adopt the Cameroonian athletes and support them in the Commonwealth Games."

“The Southern Downs is in the swing of the Commonwealth Games already. We had the practice run for the Queen’s Baton Relay last Saturday, which was wonderful, and now we have the Cameroonians coming,” she said.

 “Our officers are also working hard to attract some hockey nations for their pre-games training.

 “We are looking forward to hosting the team here on the Southern Downs. The team’s management has indicated they are keen to engage with the local community, participate in some civic activities and see some kangaroos."

Local sports clubs and facilities, including Warwick Boxing Club and Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre (WIRAC), will host competitors across a variety of sports including men’s and women’s boxing, basketball, badminton, weightlifting, wrestling and track and field athletes.

 Today’s announcement comes almost 18 months after Council launched its Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Pre-event Training Destination Proposal, in a bid to increase the profile of the Southern Downs on the international stage.

 Council’s Economic Development and Tourism team is now working with Cameroon Team Management to confirm details and finalise dates for the training camp.

SDRC Reps and Cameroon team WEB




Cameroon representatives toured the Southern Downs in October. L-R: Cr Sheryl Windle, Deputy Mayor Jo McNally, Cameroon Commonwealth Games team manager Alphonse Benoît Essama (middle) and Chef de mission Victor Agbor Nso (far right) with Mayor Tracy Dobie.





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