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Melbourne 2006

The Australian city of Melbourne successfully hosted the XVIII Commonwealth Games between 15-26 March 2006.

Melbourne is the capital of the State of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia with a population of nearly 3,500,000 people and was the venue for the 1956 Olympic Games. The city is synonymous as a multicultural one, known for its arts, culture, parks, and gardens, restaurants and love of sport.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as the athletic's competition, took place at the Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG), one of the world's largest and most outstanding sporting grounds. The Athlete’s Village was located within three kilometres of the city centre. Karak, the red-tailed Black Cockatoo, was the official mascot for these Games.

For the first time in the history of the Games, the Queen’s Baton visited every single Commonwealth Nation and Territory taking part in the Games, a journey of 180,000 kms (112,500 miles). The relay ended when the Governor of Victoria, and former Commonwealth Games medallist, John Landy, delivered the baton to Her Majesty The Queen at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the Opening Ceremony. The Games was officially closed by the CGF Patron, HRH Prince Edward.

The sports on the programme were: athletics, aquatics (diving, synchronised swimming and swimming), badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, triathlon, and weightlifting.

The Isle of Man participated in seven of these and entered a team of 27.

Athletics - Steve Partington (Race Walking) and Martin Arram (High Jump)
Aquatics - Olivia Rawlinson, Emily Crookall Nixon, Dane Harrop (Team Captain) and Adam Jackson
Badminton - Andy Fairhurst and Matthew Wilkinson
Cycling - Mark Cavendish (20km Scratch Race), Andrew Roche, Johnny Bellis, Andrew Cook, Mark Kelly and Graham Hatcher
Shooting - Clay: Tim Kneale, Neil Parsons, David Clague, Glen Catlin, David Walton and Trevor Boyles. Small Bore: Harry Creevy, Philip Glover, Lara Ward and Suzanne Cubbon
Gymnastics - Alex Hedges
Lawn Bowls - Maureen Payne and Pauline Kelly
Athletics Team Manager - Allan Callow
Athletics Coach to Martin Arram - Val Rutter
Aquatics Team Manager - Max Stewart
Competitor & Badminton Team Manager - Andy Fairhurst 
Cycling Team Manager - Gary Hinds
Assistant Cycling Team Manager/Coach - Mike Doyle
Mechanic to Cycling Team - Bob
Shooting Team Manager - Chris Turner
Shooting Team Manager - Frank Coffey
Shooting Coach to Neil Parsons and Tim Kneale - Mark Brownlee
Gymnastics Team Manager - Gennady Tsganov
Bowling Team Manager - Roger Payne
President - Dursley Stott
Chef de Mission - Robin Oake
Secretary General - Graham Jones
General Team Manager - Ian Harrop
HQ Officials - Frank and Pat Anderson
Team Chaperone - Vicki Rawlinson
Team Attache - Peter Malcolm
Physiotherapists - Isla Scott and Ruth Cooil