England at the Commonwealth Games

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England at the
Commonwealth Games
Flag of England.svg
CGF codeENG
CGA Commonwealth Games England
Website weareengland.org
Medals
Ranked 2nd
Gold
716
Silver
717
Bronze
713
Total
2,146
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)

England is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since the first Empire Games in 1930. The others are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.

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The Commonwealth Games is the only major multi-sport event in which English athletes and teams compete as England, organised by Commonwealth Games England ; at Olympic, Paralympic and European Games England participates as part of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, (along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 10 of the 13 British Overseas Territories [1] and the three Crown Dependencies) through the British Olympic Association.

Games summary

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  Host country (England)

GamesAthletesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRank
Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg 1930 Hamilton 252313611
Flag of England.svg 1934 London 292024731
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1938 Sydney 151510402
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1950 Auckland 191613482
Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg 1954 Vancouver 232420671
Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg 1958 Cardiff 292229801
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1962 Perth 292227782
Flag of Jamaica.svg 1966 Kingston 332423801
Flag of Scotland.svg 1970 Edinburgh 272532842
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1974 Christchurch 283121802
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1978 Edmonton 272733872
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1982 Brisbane 3838321082
Flag of Scotland.svg 1986 Edinburgh 5243491441
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1990 Auckland 4640421282
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1994 Victoria 2593045511263
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1998 Kuala Lumpur 3483647521352
Flag of England.svg 2002 Manchester 4445451601652
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2006 Melbourne 3483640341102
Flag of India.svg 2010 New Delhi 3643760451423
Flag of Scotland.svg 2014 Glasgow 4165859571741
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2018 Gold Coast 3944545461362
Flag of England.svg 2022 Birmingham Future event
Total7167177132146 2

After the 2018 Commonwealth Games, England was second in the All-time tally of medals, with an overall total of 2146 medals (716 Gold, 717 Silver and 713 Bronze). Australia has been the highest scoring team for eleven games, England for eight and Canada for one.

Host nation

England has hosted the Games twice and is planning a third Games as host in 2022:

1934 British Empire Games – London, England
2002 Commonwealth Games – Manchester, England
2022 Commonwealth Games – Birmingham, England

Commonwealth Games England

Commonwealth Games England (CGE) is the organisation responsible for all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games in England. Membership of the Games Council consists of representatives of 26 sports in the Commonwealth Games programme from which the host city selects up to 17 sports for each Games. The officers are elected by the council and hold office for 4 years, their work will be supported by four salaried staff. The current president is Dame Kelly Holmes, who won her first international Gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, in Victoria, Canada. [3]

CGE is a member of the Commonwealth Games Federation who have overall responsibility for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games.

How it helps English competitors

Since 1994, the costs of the preparation of Team England have been supported with funding from Sport England, a public body that distributes public and lottery funds. This has enabled CGE to run extensive management, training and educational programmes, ensuring that competitors and officials alike are fully prepared to meet the challenges ahead.

Funds

The raising of funds for the team's participation in the Games themselves is the sole responsibility of CGE and is raised through sponsorship and fund-raising activities. Donations from commerce and industry as well as the general public towards the team's costs are always most gratefully received. Without this ongoing support Team England would not be able to participate in the Games.

Team symbols

Brand identity

Logo of Team England EnglandCGA.png
Logo of Team England

In the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, CGE adopted a new logo and brand identity. The new logo features a single red English lion which represents strength, power and performance. The team strapline is "We are England". [4]

Flag and victory anthem

Team England uses the Cross of St George as its flag at the Commonwealth Games. This flag is common for all sporting teams that represent England as an entity distinct from the United Kingdom.

From 2010 onwards, Team England will use the hymn "Jerusalem" as the victory anthem. This replaces "Land of Hope and Glory" which was used at previous games. In April 2010, Commonwealth Games England conducted a poll of members of the public which would decide the anthem for the 2010 Games. The three options were "God Save The Queen", "Jerusalem" and "Land of Hope and Glory" with "Jerusalem" being the clear winner securing 52% of the vote. [5] [6]

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England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (medalists) Sporting event delegation

England was represented at the 2010 Commonwealth Games by Commonwealth Games England. The country went by the abbreviation ENG, will use the Cross of St George as its flag and "Jerusalem" as its victory anthem. It had previously used "Land of Hope and Glory" as its anthem at the Commonwealth Games, but decided to change following an "internet poll".

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England was represented at the 2010 Commonwealth Games by Commonwealth Games England. The country went by the abbreviation ENG, will use the Cross of St George as its flag and "Jerusalem" as its victory anthem. It had previously used "Land of Hope and Glory" as its anthem at the Commonwealth Games, but decided to change following an "internet poll".

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England was represented at the 2010 Commonwealth Games by Commonwealth Games England. The country's abbreviation was ENG, they used the Cross of St George as its flag and "Jerusalem" as its victory anthem. It had previously used "Land of Hope and Glory" as its anthem at the Commonwealth Games, but decided to change following an "internet poll".

There have been concerns and controversies about the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be hosted in Birmingham, England.

References

  1. Three overseas territories, Bermuda, Caymen Islands and British Virgin Islands, have their own Olympic Committee.
  2. "England Commonwealth Games History" . Retrieved 26 April 2011.[ permanent dead link ]
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "We are Team England: England's Commonwealth Games Team".
  5. Nation has chosen anthem for England's medallists: And did those feet in Ancient times walk upon England's mountains green..., Commonwealth Games England, 30 May 2010, archived from the original on 9 October 2010, retrieved 13 October 2010, Survey by YouGov of 1,896 entrants Results –
    1. Jerusalem: 52.5%
    2. Land of Hope and Glory: 32.5%
    3. God Save The Queen: 12%
  6. "The Paralympian taking on able-bodied athletes", The Independent , 2 October 2010, retrieved 13 October 2010