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NEVER in all the time Steve Moneghetti has spent chasing after the Commonwealth Games has he ever imagined someone would come to his backyard. Mr Moneghetti has played in four Commonwealth Games, winning gold on the streets of Victoria in Canada for the 1994 marathon. He was mayor of Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games Village in 2006 following his retirement from sport and has been Australia’s chef de mission twice at the Games which he loves. News became official on Tuesday that Ballarat would become one of four regional hubs to co-host the 2026 Games with Athletics to find a home at Mars Stadium. Mr Moneghetti, standing on the playing arena, said he was “pinching himself”. “To think that I grew up on the road and growing up wanting to go to the Commonwealth Games – I never imagined the Commonwealth Games would come to me,” Mr Moneghetti said. “We’ve had Regional Games before, Edinburgh and Victoria are regional cities to some extent like the Gold Coast, but this is embraced across the state. “Regional Victoria has great communities, a great love of sport and great people. Sport keeps the region together and now this multi-sport event is coming to the region. RELATED COVERAGE Ballarat City Mayor Daniel Moloney said the Games were a “game changer” for regional Victoria. the 1956 Olympic rowing continued to hold in the belief of young rowers two generations later. “There will be a time in the future when historians look at turning points for Ballarat and I think this will be one of those times in history,” Cr Moloney Michaela Settle, MP for Buninyong, said. it would host the Games’ two biggest draws, athletics and boxing, as well as Twenty20 cricket, which was exciting for Ballarat “on so many levels”. Ms. Settle said. “The rest of the world is invited to experience this.” If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we have made this story available to subscribers only. Thank you very much for your support and allowing us to continue to tell the story of Ballarat.We appreciate your support of journalism in our great city.



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