A Games like no other, in a place like no other
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In a Commonwealth Games first, Victoria 2026 will introduce a new multi-city model bringing global sport to four regional hubs:
Each hub will have its own athlete village, and together they will deliver a 16-sport programme in world-class regional sporting venues.
A core group of 16 sports has been agreed between the State of Victoria, the Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Games Australia. More sports may be added to the program.
The sport program today includes:
|Aquatics (Swimming, Para Swimming & Diving)||Geelong|
|Athletics & Para Athletics||Ballarat|
|Cricket T20||Geelong, Gippsland, Ballarat, Bendigo|
|Lawn Bowls & Para Lawn Bowls||Bendigo|
|Table Tennis & Para Table Tennis||Geelong|
|Triathlon & Para Triathlon||Geelong|
|Weightlifting & Para Powerlifting||Bendigo|
To help finalise the sports program, international sporting federations have been invited to submit an expression of interest form to have their sport added to the sports program.
The final sports program will be held across the four regional hubs. This will deliver a unique experience for participants, officials and fans, taking the regions of Victoria to the world.
Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events, food, brews and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.
Victoria’s largest inland city will host athletics and para-athletics and boxing.
A vibrant arts hub renowned for the Bendigo Art Gallery, set against its rich history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens, Bendigo was in 2019 recognised as a UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy.
The city will host weightlifting and para powerlifting, squash, netball, lawn bowls and para lawn bowls and cricket T20.
Geelong is Victoria's second largest city and is the gateway to the famous Great Ocean Road, which begins just south of Geelong at Torquay, which boasts stunning natural landscape. Just outside Geelong, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre showcases Aboriginal culture and history.
The city will host aquatics, para swimming, beach volleyball, gymnastics, hockey, table tennis, para table tennis, triathlon and para triathlon.
Victoria’s largest region, Gippsland is comparable to the size of Switzerland and boasts vast landscapes and some of Australia’s most spectacular national parks, lakes and waterways.
Gippsland will host badminton, cycling, cricket T20 and rugby sevens.
Legacy and impact
At Victoria 2026, sport is just the beginning.
The 2026 Commonwealth Games will include a keen focus on ensuring works benefit Victoria long after the Games have concluded.
Athlete villages in all four regional hubs will become social and affordable housing, to help regional communities grow and thrive.
New and upgraded sports infrastructure which will help make regional Victoria the ideal place for major events, providing world-class facilities for local sporting clubs and the packed calendar of sport and events which Victoria attracts.
Beyond infrastructure, Victoria 2026 will help reinforce Victoria’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, while significantly strengthening international relationships throughout the Commonwealth through sport diplomacy.
Victoria 2026 is also committed to providing a platform that recognises Australian Aboriginal history and culture.
Victoria 2026 will showcase everything regional Victoria has to offer to the world – the best food and wine, outstanding arts and culture, and breathtaking landscapes.