With the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April and everyone talking about swimming, gymnastics and athletics, haven decided to take a look at the more unconventional sports in this year’s line up.
I’m not a major sports fan, but when I think of competitive sports I (like most of society) often think of swimming or athletics. I was taken aback to hear that table tennis was a competitive sport at this year’s Commonwealth Games. t turns out there are quite a few super cool but equally as non-mainstream sports in the program.
If you’re planning to go to the Commonwealth Games and looking for something a little more unconventional than long jump and backstroke, you should definitely check out one of these four sports.
A game that is normally reserved for the more amateur players in games rooms across the globe (and sporting balls more highly associated with Beer Pong drinking games) table tennis is a legit professional sport. The game originated in England in the late 1800s and is now deemed to be a sport of skill, speed, agility, focus and precision.
Shooting is practised across the world both recreationally and professionally. It’s a sport that takes absolute precision and accuracy. Commonwealth Games competitors will be shooting from distances ranging from 10 metres to almost 1km. Needless to say, they know what they’re doing.
I don’t know many people who play lawn bowls who are under 50 (and who are not doing it barefoot and/or partially drunk), but this high-tension sport has spectators sitting on the edge of their seats, as one strategic bowl after another could be that game-changing move. The Commonwealth Games will showcase lawn bowling at its finest with competitions in singles, pairs, triples and fours, as well as two para-sport events.
Ribbons, hairspray, glitter, most probably a sequin or two, dance moves, flexibility and spectacular coordination. Sounds like a normal Friday night for some but let’s face it, rhythmic gymnastics is probably the most ‘fabulous’ sport on the Commonwealth Games program. Get amongst it.
Words // Nicholas Grech