Every four years 56 countries come together and compete in a sports competition at the Commonwealth games, but this year was different because only 54 countries had competed in the Commonwealth games 2022. These countries help each other to become successful athletes. The Commonwealth games this year was held in Birmingham, England.
What is the Commonwealth ?
Most of the countries in the Commonwealth were once governed by Britain as part of the British Empire. After they became independent many became part of a family where they could work together and help each other.
What happened on “ The Road to Birmingham”
Everyday we would run or walk around the court to do as many laps as we could, some people would do over 20 laps a day or 10. After doing our laps Mr Bell our teacher would put in how many kilometers we did as a class and add them together in total as well as the laps. We had 100 days to achieve our goal to make it to 1653.2km to Birmingham. The first landmark we started at was Stonehenge and we also did a DLO about it explaining interesting facts about. We had traveled on the map to 10 places around England.
Which athlete did you choose ?
The athlete that I chose that had competed in the Commonwealth games this year was Erika Fairweather. She was born in Dunedin, New Zealand 2003. This is her first time competing in the Commonwealth games but she has also competed in the Olympics for 3 years now. Erika was head girl for her school Kavanagh college in 2021. She won the gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle at the World Swimming Championships.
How did we follow NZ during the games ?
Mr Bell, our teacher, had given our class a link to watch and follow the athletes that were competing in the games. We had to find websites or TV shows where we can follow these athletes, we could follow them by TV on Demand, Sky TV, Stuff.co.nz or YouTube.
Our class had traveled the map virtually in England because we didn’t have enough money to fly over for the whole class and also because of Covid 19. We had made DLO’s explaining facts about it, making posters to show our understanding and adding detail to it. During this experience and journey has been fun for me because I got to learn many new facts and things about it.