David Liti, New Zealand gold medallist received David Dixon Award for outstanding sporting spirit at Gold Coast 2018.
His fellow sportsman Lauititi Lui badly injured himself and was left in a wheelchair after attempting to lift 228 kg in clean and jerk. Lui had to settle for silver, while Liti not just won the gold medal, he also set a new Commonwealth Games record in men’s +105kg.
David Liti said to Lui: “If there is no you, there is no competition. Thank you for being the challenger best suited for me to push myself. No doubt I will be seeing you soon and we will go head to head again.”
During the closing speeches, the spokesmen characterized the Games as humanitarian, inclusive, and joyful.
CGF Chief Executive Officer, David Grevemberg CBE said: “The athletes have helped us write a new chapter in our modern Commonwealth’s history. The captivating stories and unparalleled performances have brought a new meaning to the words ‘Commonwealth Athlete’. What we have witnessed on the Gold Coast has instilled incredible pride in what it means to be a Commonwealth athlete, both as a high-performance competitor on the field of play and as a champion of causes and passions off it. That is what being an athlete on what has become known as ‘Team Commonwealth’ is all about.”
“Inclusion is the Commonwealth Games future. It’s what makes us extraordinary. From its beginnings in Canada more than 80 years ago, the Games were always designed to be more than just a sporting spectacle. They are a way for us to come together and share what we have in common. If you’ll excuse the gentle boast, I can think of no better place for that vision to be realised than here on the Gold Coast.”
Speaking at the Closing Ceremony, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said: “We’ve brought meaning to the definition of the Friendly Games. For the more than one million spectators and the hundreds of millions of people watching across the world, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be remembered for many reasons; for a significant number of firsts that will set the standard for future Games.”