Australian Commonwealth Games Association

Australian Commonwealth Games Association

Australian Commonwealth Games Association

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The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) is the national body responsible for Commonwealth Games operations, publicity and development in Australia, specifically providing and organising funding, clothing, travel, accommodation and accreditation of athletes and officials to each Commonwealth Games. The ACGA is both an incorporated association and a non-profit organisation.

The main functions of the ACGA are to:

  • promote the ideals of the Commonwealth Games throughout Australia;
  • prepare athletes for the Games by providing support such as funding for international competition;
  • select athletes, coaches, managers, medical personnel and officials to be included in the Australian Team at the Games;
  • coordinate and manage the participation of Program Sports and their respective athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Games;
  • assist with organisation and staging of the 2006 Commonwealth Games to take place in Melbourne;
  • contribute to the development of Australia's high performance junior athletes through the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad Program (AJCGS), and through participation in the Commonwealth Youth Games.


The ACGA was involved in the organisation of the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, which were held in the Australian city of Bendigo.

History

From the concept of "a British Empire Sports Festival" by the Englishman, J Astley Cooper, the idea was promoted in Australia by B J Parkinson in Victoria and Richard Coombes in New South......
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