Commonwealth Games wraps up with rousing closing ceremony – Sky News Australia

Australia has topped the medal tally of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games which was wrapped up with a spectacular closing ceremony that included a surprise performance from Ozzy Osbourne and organisers handing over the flag to Victoria in preparation for 2026.
The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games have officially ended with a spectacular closing ceremony wrapping on Tuesday morning AEST.
The ceremony celebrated the city’s multicultural past and present with a nod to its musical heritage with local acts taking the stage before a sensational performance from Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath ending the show at Alexander Stadium.
The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, officially declared the event was over when the Commonwealth Games flag was lowered and handed to Victorian Governor Linda Dessau ahead of the 2026 Games in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Gippsland.
“Thanks to the manner, style and enthusiasm with which you have competed, officiated, supported organised and volunteered, you have once again brought the spirit and values of the Commonwealth Games to life,” he said.
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Indigenous elders then performed a smoking ceremony and handed message sticks to the Birmingham organisers and Commonwealth Games chair Dame Louise Martin before some performances by Australian artists.
Rapper Baker Boy and singers Taylor Henderson and Vanessa Amorosi performed for the crowd of about 30,000 revellers in anticipation for the Victorian Commonwealth Games.
Athletes from the competing nations were paraded around the stadium, with Melissa Wu leading the Australian team at her fifth Commonwealth Games.
Looking to the Victorian Commonwealth Games, Wu said it would provide an unprecedented opportunity for children in regional areas.
“For us to have kids who have never seen diving before become exposed to it is great, but it means they also have the facilities to go and give diving a go,” Wu said.
“At the moment we are lucky to have one facility in each state, you can’t just go down the road and say I want to be a diver, you have to access to the facilities and what happens in most cases is athletes have to drive a long way to train.
“It will be great not just for diving but for all sports to get exposure.”
The closing ceremony ended the 11 days of competition where Australia topped the medal tally with 67 gold medals, 10 clear of England, 57 silvers and 54 bronze medals with a total of 178, two more than England.
The Hockeyroos secured the team’s last gold of the games with an emphatic 7-0 victory over India while a silver medal in the women’s doubles table tennis and a silver and bronze in the mixed three metre and 10 metre synchronised diving ensured Australia topped the tally.
Australia also ticked over to a total of 1001 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the most of any country.
In Birmingham the women claimed the majority of the medals with 100 while the men won 73 with five coming from mixed competitions.
Swimmer Emma McKeon, 28, starred in the pool becoming the Commonwealth Games’ most successful athlete as she claimed five gold medals, a silver and a bronze taking her total tally to 19.
Australia’s chef de mission Petria Thomas said the closing ceremony gave athletes an opportunity to reflect on their success and experience over the past two weeks.
“To see the looks on our athletes faces when they are able to get out, whether it be a personal best performance, or a medal, or they are just enjoying themselves in their competition, it reminds you of why you do it,” Thomas said.
“It’s fantastic the Games are coming back to Australia in regional Victoria.”
Throughout the games more than 1.3 million tickets were sold across the 24 sports while hundreds of thousands more watched the competitions on the big screens around the grounds.
The Games hosted more than 4,500 athletes from 72 competing nations and territories in 280 medal events.
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