Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Gold Coast 2018: Opening ceremony signals great start for Commonwealth Games, but challenges await

With the build-up so stymied by sporting scandals in completely unrelated codes, the event — featuring 71 nations and territories, and more than 4,000 athletes — has practically come in unannounced, much like the floating whale that signalled the conclusion of Wednesday night's ceremony.

But much like how that whale captivated Carrara Stadium, and how rains nearly killed the audience's enthusiasm before clearing up in the nick of time, organisers will be hoping the Commonwealth Games can do the same with Australian viewers.

Wisil to return to PNG

Wisil just competed at the VAN2017 Pacific Games and despite facing some personal challenges that hindered her training schedule in Australia, she is determined to make the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Wisil began her athletics career in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, where she was first discovered as an athlete in 2003 at the PNG Games.

She says it is now time to return to complete her journey back home and give back to PNG.