WA's Commonwealth Games athletes welcomed home

30 April 2018
Premier Mark McGowan and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray have congratulated Western Australia's returning Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes – with an incredible 20 of 31 competitors returning home with medals.
  • Returning athletes honoured at official homecoming ceremony
  • Western Australia's 31 athletes bring home an incredible 20 medals
  • WA's returning champions will be congratulated at a homecoming event today at the State Reception Centre at Kings Park

Minister Mick Murray with Commonwealth Games athletes

WA's returning champions will be congratulated by Mr Murray at the official homecoming event today at the State Reception Centre at Kings Park.

The Premier will attend a public welcome home event in Murray Street Mall later in the day.

Western Australian athletes brought home eight gold medals in athletics, basketball, track cycling, road cycling, hockey and swimming.

The State picked up five silver medals—in athletics, aquatics, boxing, hockey and netball—and five bronze medals in athletics and swimming.

Dual gold medallists Samuel Welsford (track cycling) and Madison de Rozario (athletics) each had a standout individual Games, while five Western Australians picked up gold medals as part of the all-conquering men's hockey team.

Western Australia's official medal count was 18, with team medals boosting the number of individual medallists to 20.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"I'm very proud to welcome home our victorious Western Australian members of the all-conquering Australian Commonwealth Games team.

"That the 31 Western Australian athletes brought home eight gold medals, five silver and five bronze – is an extraordinary effort.

"There can be no doubt, the magnificent achievements of our Commonwealth Games team are an inspiration to all Western Australians."

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"Reaching a Commonwealth Games is for many athletes, the pinnacle of a life of commitment to their given sport - and today the whole State recognises their dedication.

"I have been so impressed by the character and perseverance of our Commonwealth Games athletes.

"At a time when integrity in professional sport is being called into question, we only have to look to these young champions to understand the importance of sport for sport's sake.

"Gold Coast was the first Commonwealth Games to hold the para events concurrently with the able-bodied events – and WA's success across the board is something of which we should all be very proud."