Countdown to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Games History

The first ever British Empire Games were held in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930 and featured 11 nations competing in 59 different events across six sports.

The Isle of Man was first invited to attend the games - then known as the British Empire and Commonwealth Games - in Cardiff in 1958. 

The four yearly event's name was changed to British Commonwealth Games in 1970 and changed once again in 1978 to Commonwealth Games as it stands today.  

Since the first event in Canada, the Games have grown dramatically. Dehli 2010 featured 6,081 athletes from 71 countries competing in 21 sports.

The first Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Edinburgh in 2000 and was most recently held in the Isle of Man in 2011. Further information is available by clicking on the History and Youth Games tabs.