"In addition to the results, the Commonwealth Games has provided a valuable opportunity for our younger riders to gain experience of competing at a high worldwide level, and I'm sure they will take plenty of learnings away for this event to use at future major competitions".
It was an example of non-traditional and unstructured ways that urban public places like Bell Street Mall could be used for active recreation and to build strong and healthy communities.
Angus Brandt, a member of the Australian basketball team which won a gold medal, said the entire Australian basketball team was disappointed to be left out.
"Then a couple of hundred metres later the legs started giving me the little wobbles and I was like "oh jeez, I could be on the road myself in about 500 metres". I was part of that and I acknowledge it.
'Whoever made that decision not to allow those athletes to march in should hang their head in shame, ' she told reporters on Monday. "I should not have spoken".
"They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games", Griggs said, live on air.
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It wasn't just the 63 Aussie para-athletes swooping on 15 golds that elevated the goodwill but competitors like blind para-sprinter Ananias Shikongo, who took inclusion to another level as Namibia's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.
With lots of traditional music and dance, that showcased the vibrant and unique culture of Queensland and Australia, Gold Coast celebrated the successful completion of the region's biggest sporting extravaganza that they hoped would put their state on the world stage.
After their buzzer-beating performance, England captain Ama Agbeze said: "They gave us a tough game and we knew that they had been challenged throughout the whole competition".
With regards to the search for Cameroon's five boxers and three weightlifters, Grevemberg insisted that their welfare of the athletes come first. We missed out on all of that.
Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolts plays the DJ desks during the closing ceremony. "I've never seen the Stadium so empty".
The country finished 9 on the medals table with an impressive 9 gold medals, 9 silver and 6 bronze, representing a total haul of 24 medals.