There may not be too many Mancunians who have heard of Nowra in Australia – but thanks to Mitsubishi’s sponsorship of the Australian Commonwealth Games team, plenty of people in Nowra will be watching events in Manchester over the coming weeks.
Nowra in New South Wales was the starting point for the ‘Blue Roo’ Tour back in May which saw a convoy of Mitsubishi vehicles set off to travel clockwise around Australia to raise the profile of the 500-strong Australian team.
That team is due to arrive in Manchester next week ahead of the Games’ opening ceremony on Thursday July 25th, with the preparation of athletes and the team’s coaches, managers, medical personnel and officials all aided by support from Mitsubishi Motors Australia.
High-profile track and field athletes will compete alongside lesser-known competitors in sports such as badminton, judo, lawn bowls, cycling and shooting in Manchester.
And those taking part in all disciplines have benefited from Mitsubishi’s sponsorship according to Australian Commonwealth Games Association Chief Executive Officer Perry Crosswhite.
He said: "The Australian Commonwealth Games Association and the athletes themselves really appreciate the vision shared by Mitsubishi to drive our athletes to reach great heights.
"Involvement from companies like Mitsubishi is imperative to the success of Australian athletes in their preparation for major competitions such as the Commonwealth Games."
Mitsubishi are hoping to steer Australia’s team back to the head of the final medal table in Manchester when the Games have run their course at the start of next month.
The Aussies topped that table at the last Games in 1998 and are determined to hold on to their title as Commonwealth Games leaders having won 1,476 medals in the history of the Games compared with Britain’s 1,417 and Canada’s 1,112.
More than 5,200 athletes and team officials from 72 countries will be at the Games which is the largest multi-sporting event ever staged in the UK.Published 15 July 2002