A diverse and contemporary ceremony of music, lights and dance with the words and imagery of indigenous Australia very much at its heart brought an end to the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on Sunday. They included 12-year-old Gold Coast schoolboy Max Deffenti, who opened the show, teenage slam poet Solli Raphael and young dancers the Brat Pack Tappers. Without a shadow of doubt among the greatest athletes of their respective sports but faced with questions about their future quite often now, the duo chose to show what it means to turn the clock back.
The Host broadcaster played no part in the pre-show and therefore had no footage to provide.
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Anne Underwood, accepted the movement's flag ahead of their hosting of the next version of the Games in 2022 and their segment of the closing ceremony reflected the diversity of the industrial British city.
After his emotional retirement from global competition, a proud Fearnley had the honour of leading the Australian team into the stadium for the closing ceremony. Seven told AdNews that its ratings were relatively consistent throughout the event.
Elated at being India's first woman boxer to claim a CWG gold, Mary Kom said scripting history makes her happy. To be perfectly honest Jo, so have we. "It hasn't really lived up to expectations" said Zempalas. "I'm furious", she said.
"People are thinking Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fernley or other nation's flag bearers coming in".
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"I've never been in a stadium or a Games like that where there are so many people cheering for you and rooting for you", LePage said after his medal win. "They fought, they pushed and they excelled in many areas; it was a privilege for Assistant-Chef Ben Huot and I to share these 11 days with such a spectacular group of men and women".
"We made a mistake", he said, and claimed the organising committee didn't want exhausted athletes to have to stand outside for ages waiting to come in.
"The speeches were too many and too long".
Here we run through some of Sunday's biggest moments as the Games drew to a close.
Earlier Mr Beattie apologised on social media, saying on Twitter: 'We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony.
It was the intention of GOLDOC to celebrate the accomplishments of the athletes and provide them with a great experience. "You want to see them jumping in front of camera".
"We are naturally disappointed that the good intentions of the creative did not necessarily work for some of the athletes involved and the broadcast audience".