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Are you game?

Last Updated: 17 January 2019








Are you game?

When the first Commonwealth Games began in Hampton in 1930, it featured just six sports - Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming & Diving), Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, and Wrestling. Now, there are 17 sports on offer, including hockey, lawn bowls, rugby 7s and ten pin bowling. We’ve chosen three of the lesser known Commonwealth sports and take a look at how you can get involved.  

Open water swimming

Open water swimming is one of the ‘Top End Sports’ in the Commonwealth Games – meaning the hosts can choose to include it or not. The popularity of open water swimming  has increased over recent years with many people stepping it up a level and regularly competing in duathlons and triathlons featuring lake or sea swims. And with all of the health benefits of swimming, plus the increased benefits of being outdoors (a vitamin D boost, fresh air and often beautiful views) it’s not surprising that more people are choosing it over a chlorinated indoor pool.   


Where to try it

Many lakes, docks and beaches in the UK now offer open swimming clubs, races and training sessions. Visit http://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/ to check out what’s going on in your area. 


Lawn bowls

This quintessentially British game can be traced back to the early 12th century and has since grown in popularity across the world –  it’s now played in over 40 countries across the globe.

The game requires focus and concentration, yet a boldness and bravery that entices both players and spectators in.


If you’d like to try your hand at this growing sport, find your local club at https://www.bowlsengland.com/



For the first year ever, softball will be played at this Commonwealth Games. The game originating from the USA is similar to baseball in many ways – both require strength, speed, skill and agility. There are two main forms; fast and slow pitch but also many modifications to suit age, fitness and ability.


There are now many softball leagues in the UK – to check out your nearest take a look at http://www.britishsoftball.org/


Written by Dr. Noel Duncan

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