The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have spent a second day in Australia as the Royal visit continues following the opening of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Their Royal Highnesses began the day with a tour of the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village accompanied by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull. Included in the tour was a visit to the Prosthetics Workshop, which hosts a team of experts, incorporating orthotics and prosthetics professions, wheelchair technicians and welders who support these athletes.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has the largest integrated para-sports programme of any major sporting event, with up to 300 para athletes competing in 38 medal events across seven sports.
Following this, Their Royal Highnesses enjoyed a visit to the Commonwealth Hub at Broadbeach to unveil the final plaque on the Commonwealth Walkway. The 10 km Commonwealth Walkway is the first of its kind outside the UK. It starts at the historic Southport Chambers, and finishes at the City of Gold Coast Council Chambers offering an insight into the story of the Gold Coast.
The Prince and The Duchess then met young people from Robina High School involved in the Sport 2 Clean programme, a non-profit organisation that promotes sports, especially aquatic sports, as well as the conservation and sustainable use of oceans. It works with four schools in the Gold Coast area, encouraging students to learn how to surf or paddleboard, while also teaching about the environment and how to ensure it remains healthy and sustainable.
The Prince and Duchess later viewed a Nippers (young life savers) demonstration and beach rescue skills from the Surf Life Saving Queensland organisation, which encompasses lifesaving services, community education, membership services, surf sports, fundraising and commercial training.
In the evening, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games track cycling events and presented medals for the Men's 1000m Time Trial Para-Sport Tandem and Women's Team Pursuit race events. Her Royal Highness was accompanied by Anna Meares, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ambassador and celebrated Australian track cyclist. The Anna Meares Velodrome is Queensland’s first indoor velodrome and houses an international competition standard 250 metre timber cycling track, with its facilities catering for a range of cyclists and a number of indoor court sports.
Meanwhile, The Prince of Wales attended the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games swimming events and presented medals for the Women's 200m Freestyle and Men's Para-Sport 200m Freestyle race events. The Prince was provided with an overview of the event and commentary by Samantha Riley, an Australian Olympian.