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.

Table tennis
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.

Lawn bowls
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.

Rhythmic gymnastics
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



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