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Australia names Netball squad for Commonwealth Games

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has named debutant Elizabeth Watson in her 18-player squad to contest the Commonwealth Games selection camp in Canberra next month. The 20-year-old Watson is the only new inclusion after national selectors opted to retain a reduced squad, who will vie for selection in the Australian Commonwealth Games Team ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Watson’s inclusion in the Diamonds squad caps off a remarkable year for the Victorian native after initially joining the Melbourne Vixens as a replacement player for the pregnant Elissa Kent (nee Macleod) in February.


Top Aussie guns firing up for Commonwealth Games

Shooting Australia’s International Grand Prix in Sydney over the weekend has produced some of Australia’s most outstanding performances across the board, possibly the best on domestic soil, led by 14 Performance Qualifying Scores (PQS).

With the Glasgow Commonwealth Games selection heating up, many high performance athletes have been shooting brilliant scores as they fight it out for nomination.


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.


Global showcase for Glasgow 2014 as Queen's Baton Relay Route announced

A world of opportunity for Glasgow and Scotland to shine on the global stage was announced today with the unveiling of the International Sector Route of the Queen’s Baton Relay – one of the unique traditions of the Commonwealth Games.

From the plains of Africa to the gleaming skyscrapers of Singapore; from the tiny tropical islands of St Lucia and Dominica to Canada’s snow-capped mountains; today Glasgow 2014’s Organising Committee revealed the journey the baton will take over land, sea and air around the globe, visiting every nation and territory of the Commonwealth, before travelling the length and breadth of Scotland on its way to its final destination – the Opening Ceremony.


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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