A LOOK AT AUSTRALIA’S COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAM
* To take place in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, with women’s T20 cricket a new addition to the program.
* A total of 435 athletes, the second-largest team behind Gold Coast’s 473-strong squad in 2018.
* There are more females (231) than males (203) males as well as one non-binary athlete.
* A record 76 Para-sport members, with eight guides, pilots and directors to assist them, will be complemented by 351 able-bodied members.
* The youngest competitor is 14-year-old Melbourne diver Charli Petrov and the oldest is 63-year-old Queensland lawn bowler Cheryl Lindfield.
* A record nine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes will compete.
* Jian Fang Lay (table tennis) and Rachael Grinham (squash) will become the first Australian women to compete in six Commonwealth Games while 284 athletes will debut.
* Emma McKeon (eight gold and four bronze) is the most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete on the team and is eyeing off the all-time record of 10 gold medals, held by fellow swimmers Ian Thorpe, Susie O’Neill and Leisel Jones.
* Australia won 80 gold medals in 2018, just shy of the record 87 from Victoria’s Games in 1994.