WHAT: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL SPORTING COMPETITION FEATURING FIREWORKS
WHERE: VARIOUS VENUES – AUSTRALIA’S BEAUTIFUL GOLD COAST
WHEN: 4TH TO 15TH APRIL 2018
International sporting events are always of massive interest both to the media and of course the viewing public. The event brings together athletes from nations all under the Commonwealth of Nations.
First held in Hamilton, Canada in 1930, where it included just 6 different sports with 59 disciplines within each sport. Today’s Commonwealth Games has 18 core sports with 275 medals up for grabs. The Commonwealth Games includes both able-bodied and those with disabilities, making it a truly integrated Games.
The Games began in 1930 in Canada and featured representatives from 11 countries at that time. Today, they include 53 members of the Commonwealth of nations, most of which are former territories of the British Empire, established in the 16-18th centuries and it was at the time the largest empire in history.
Today, the members are from the World’s largest and richest to the smallest and poorest countries on the planet.
Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics are a professional firework company display team from Australia. The company produces some of the best firework shows in the World and previous displays for MASSIVE events including Sydney Olympics as well as the Commonwealth Games as well as the massive celebrations for Australia Day. They not only display but actually make the vast majority of their own pyrotechnics as well.
Howard & Sons are 4th generation pyro-technicians and follow in the footsteps of Sydney Howard, great-grandfather to the current owners, who set up the business in 1922 and it has never looked back. In fact, in the early days the team were fortunate enough to fire the displays for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for the bi-centenary celebrations of Captain Cook landing in Australia and the opening of the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Today, the team put on around 600 World Class shows annually but things did not always go to plan as Australia banned the sale of all fireworks at the end of the 70’s and the company, which had been wholly dependent on the retail and wholesale sale of fireworks changed into a display only team and that as they say is history.
As well as the Pyrotechnics and Special Effects in the Opening & Closing Ceremonies, the display team is providing Flames & Co2 Jets for the sports presentations events at Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics, Netball, Rugby 7’s and Athletics.
At the time of writing this piece, England, NI, Scotland, and Wales have picked up a staggering 116 medals across all sports and the Australian team has 109. However, there is still some way to go yet before the finale and closing ceremonies so COME ON ENGLAND!
Whilst the fireworks at the opening ceremony were nothing short of breath-taking, the build-up and other entertainment fell short of expectations. Jack Morton Worldwide, event marketers who are also responsible for the organisation of the London NYE display have advised that there are plans to ‘up their game’ for the closing ceremony adding that there will be more acts involved which will alleviate against being tagged as boring again by the media.