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Australian draws challenging pool for Commonwealth Games

Australia will have to overcome a challenging pool if it is to win its first Commonwealth Games gold medal since 2002. The reigning world champions have been drawn alongside England, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Wales and Barbados in Pool B for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The draw, made overnight in Scotland, coincided with the final of the 2013 World Youth Netball Championship, where New Zealand beat Australia 52-47.

"It's definitely the tougher half of the draw but it will provide us with a terrific opportunity to combat the different styles of netball prior to finals," Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.

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Commonwealth Games first as Glasgow includes women's boxing in 2014 programme

Women's Boxing is to be included in the Glasgow 2014 sports programme, it was announced today. This is the first time ever the sport has featured in a Commonwealth Games and follows the recent success of the debut of Women's Boxing at London 2012.

The announcement was made on Friday at the Commonwealth Games Federation's General Assembly in Kampala, Uganda and marks an historic moment for female athletes within the Games Movement.

Women's Boxing will feature as a full Commonwealth medal event for the first time, with medals in three weights: Fly Weight (48-51kg), Light Weight (57-60kg) and Middle Weight (69-75kg) – the same events as London 2012.

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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games unveil 'Clyde' as Official Mascot

clydeClyde, the patriotic and adventurous thistle who will be the friendly face of the Games, made a dramatic entrance as he was unveiled to the world at BBC Scotland's HQ in Glasgow – located appropriately on the banks on the world-famous river that inspired his name.

He was welcomed on stage by Olympic swimming stars Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamieson. Along with 150 school pupils from across the city they heard for the first time Clyde's magical story – as told by actor, comedian and Glasgow 2014 Ambassador Billy Connolly, who narrated an animated film which premiered at the launch.

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Swimming star Rebecca Adlington set to make a splash at the launch of the official Glasgow 2014 Mascot

Swimming star and London 2012 medallist Rebecca Adlington has today (Monday 17 September) been announced as a Glasgow 2014 Ambassador. The Team GB sensation will experience her first involvement with the Games at this week's launch of the official Glasgow 2014 Mascot.

Double Olympic champion and Great Britain's greatest ever swimmer Rebecca will join Great Britain's most celebrated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, who was recently announced as the first Glasgow 2014 Ambassador.

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Sir Chris Hoy revealed as first Ambassador for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Great Britain's most celebrated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy is today revealed as the first Official Ambassador for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Sir Chris is the first of a select group of high profile sporting and celebrity figures who will work with the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee over the next two years to promote the Games and help ensure as many people as possible make the most of Scotland's largest ever sporting and cultural event.

Specific details of his involvement will be announced in the coming weeks, but will include appearances in high-profile promotional campaigns and events as well as on-going support for the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.

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