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2018 Commonwealth Games

As you know, the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast (Qld) on 4-15 April 2018. The first major international championship to be held on home soil since Melbourne 2006, the event will capture the attention of the nation and the world and we eagerly anticipate sharing the journey to Gold Coast 2018 with you all.

At this time, Athletics Australia is currently finalising its competition schedule for the 2018 Australian athletics season, including the details of all Nomination Trials, with this information critical to finalising the Nomination Policy for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In the absence of the complete Nomination Policy and with the approval of Commonwealth Games Australia, below and attached you will find information detailing the Nomination Principles for the Athletics Section of the Australian Team. This includes the Qualification Standards for Able-Bodied and Para-Athletics events.

We strongly encourage you to read the attached in full. Key elements of this document include:

Nomination and Selection 

The process of selecting athletes to the 2018 Team is a two-phase process:

1.       AA will nominate eligible athletes to CGA via a sport-specific nomination criteria;

2.       The CGA will select athletes from these nominations to be members of the 2018 Team.

Aims of the Athletics Australia Nomination Policy

AA’s Gold Coast 2018 Nomination Policy will aim to facilitate the nomination of;

  1. Athletes that are realistic medal contenders at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and
  2. Athletes that are realistic medal and top-8 contenders at future Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships, and
  3. Athletes that are realistic medal contenders at future Commonwealth Games, Paralympic Games and the World Para-Athletics Championships.

AA will nominate up to the maximum team size within the final athlete quota allocation provided by CGA (noting that this number is unknown at this stage).

Qualification Periods and Standards

The Qualification Period and Qualification Standards for Able-Bodied and Para-Athletics events are outlined in the attached.

Athletes can ensure their nomination ‘automatically’, or via ‘discretion’, with the process for both outcomes outlined in the attached.

There are ‘A’ and ‘B’ Standards. However, as a consequence of a maximum athlete quota (determined independently of Athletics Australia by Commonwealth Games Australia), it is important that athletes target the ‘A’ Standard to ensure their best chance for nomination.


These Nomination Principles can be amended at any time by AA, with the approval of the CGA, if it is of the opinion that such an amendment is necessary as a result of:

  • Changes to the CGF / CGA Participation Rules or Selection Criteria; or
  • The discovery of a drafting error or oversight; or
  • For any other reason determined to be in the best interests of Athletics Australia.

Athletics Australia will publish the complete Nomination Policy, including key dates, prioritisation principles and the appeals process, upon confirmation of all relevant information and approval by Commonwealth Games Australia. Athletics Australia's Online Nomination Portal will be available on this page alongside the published Nomination Policy. 

If you have any questions about the contents included, please respond to this email and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Athletics Australia
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