Australian band Sheppard helped set the tone for Gold Coast 2018's beach celebration ©Gold Coast 2018

Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) have officially marked the one-year-to-go milestone to Gold Coast 2018.

The host city led the celebrations, which began with an early risers breakfast event hosted by several well-known athletes at The Star Gold Coast, one of the Games’ sponsors.

Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) joins the Commonwealth nations in celebrating one year to the XXI Commonwealth Games. From 4th – 15th April 2018, over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will converge on the Gold Coast for an 11-day sporting and cultural event.

David Grevemberg, the Commonwealth Games Federation's chief executive, plays football during the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. He has more nifty footwork to do as the CGF considers a range of potential replacements for Durban as hosts of the 2022 Games ©Getty Images

There has been no confirmation yet that Nauru is ready to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games - but it can surely only be a matter of time.

Durban has been stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Durban has been stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has exclusively confirmed to insidethegames.

Paralympic champion Kurt Fearnley will deliver the Queen's Baton for Gold Coast 2018 to Buckingham Palace ©Gold Coast 2018

Several members of the Royal Family, led by The Queen, are due to take part in the start of the Queen's Baton Relay for next year's Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast tomorrow.

Lucy Amis' remit will include the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Lucy Amis has been appointed as the children's rights and sports specialist at Unicef UK as part of a collaboration with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

A new range of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) merchandise has today been unveiled with the launch of the Gold Coast 2018 Official Online Shop – shop.gc2018.com.

TTCGA President Brian Lewis and Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg at 1st Commonwealth Sports Summit held in Edmonton , Canada

Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association( TTCGA) President Brian Lewis challenged Commonwealth Sports leaders to embrace the Commonwealth Games Federation Transformation 2022 vision.

For the first time ever in the history of a major multi-sport Games, there will be an equal number of medal events for men and women, as seven additional women’s events and categories across Weightlifting, Boxing and Cycling are confirmed on to the sports programme for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

HRH Prince Edward to attend inaugural Sports Summit at CGF General Assembly

The Commonwealth Games Federation’s Vice Patron, HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will join an influential programme of keynote speakers and panellists in exactly four weeks time when sports leaders and stakeholders from across Canada and the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories come together for the inaugural Commonwealth Sports Summit. The summit will be held on 6 October in Edmonton, Alberta, as part of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s 3-day General Assembly.

England's Zara Dampney was one of many to welcome beach volleyball's addition to the Commonwealth Games programme ©Getty Images

Coolangatta will host beach volleyball when the sport makes its Commonwealth Games debut at Gold Coast in 2018, organisers have confirmed.

There are budget fears ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban ©Getty Images

South African officials have promised to host a world-class Commonwealth Games at Durban in 2022, despite local officials admitting the money to fund the event is not in their budget and they have had to approach the Government for help.

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