There is a powerful Pacific presence preparing for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
While Australians will be cheering proudly for the green and gold on home soil, there will also be solid support for the Pacific posse, with many of the athletes discovered, developed or employed through the Australian aid-supported Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP).
In this ABC International Development photo gallery, see some of the Oceania hopefuls we have captured in the countdown to the Gold Coast Games and examine some of the connections to Australia and the PSP.
The $29 million Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) program is Australia’s flagship sport for development program in the Pacific.
Through PSP, Australia supports activities to address primary risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly physical inactivity, and address inequalities experienced by women, girls and people living with disability.
The PSP is delivered through partnerships between the Australian Government and Australian, regional and Pacific Island sports organisations. The PSP currently supports fifteen sports across nine countries.
ABC International Development: Going for Gold Coast - Pacific posse prepares