The Cameroon Commonwealth Games Team has announced they will be training in Warwick in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cameroon’s 78 athletes along with a number of team officials will arrive in Warwick in early March for a two week long pre-games training camp before the games officially begin on Wednesday 4 April.

Bordered by Nigeria to the west and located on Central Africa’s west coast, Cameroon is a country of approximately 22 million people, and while its population is similar to Australia’s, it only has a land size the same as Papua New Guinea.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said the announcement was fantastic news for the Southern Downs Region.

“We encourage all Southern Downs residents to adopt the Cameroonian athletes and support them in the Commonwealth Games,” said Ms Dobie.

“The Southern Downs is in the swing of the Commonwealth Games already. We had the practice run for the Queen’s Baton Relay last Saturday, which was wonderful, and now we have the Cameroonians coming.

“Our officers are also working hard to attract some hockey nations for their pre-games training.

“We are looking forward to hosting the team here on the Southern Downs. The team’s management has indicated they are keen to engage with the local community, participate in some civic activities, and see some kangaroos.”

Local sports clubs and facilities, including the Warwick Boxing Club and the Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre (WIRAC), will host competitors across a variety of sports including boxing, basketball, badminton, weightlifting, wrestling, and track and field athletes.

The announcement comes almost 18 months after the Council launched its Commonwealth Games Pre-event Training Destination Proposal, in a bid to increase the profile of the Southern Downs on the international stage.

The Council’s Economic Development and Tourism team is now working with Cameroon Team Management to finalise dates for the training camp.

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