Watch Commonwealth Games - Closing Ceremony
Watch encore presentation Sunday at 6 p.m. ET
Click on the video player above at 6 p.m. ET to watch an encore presentation of the closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Wrestler Erica Wiebe was named Canada's flag-bearer for the ceremony after the 28-year-old Olympic champion from Stittsville, Ont., successfully defended her Commonwealth gold in the women's 75-kilogram category.
Canada won 82 medals at the Gold Coast Games — 15 gold, 40 silver and 27 bronze — tying the Canadian total from four years ago in Glasgow (32-16-34) but falling short of the team's stated goal of 100 medals. Canada finished with the third-most medals behind host Australia (198) and England (136).
It's time to celebrate 👐 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/closingceremony?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#closingceremony</a> Congrats to all athletes. Canada is bringing home 82 medals <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/proudcanadian?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#proudcanadian</a> 🇨🇦 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CommonwealthGames2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CommonwealthGames2018</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoldCoast2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoldCoast2018</a> <a href="https://t.co/dWgFZ44BGX">pic.twitter.com/dWgFZ44BGX</a>—@benhuot
"Gold Coast 2018 will forever be remembered as 'Games of Firsts,'" Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin said during the ceremony. "When I spoke at the opening of the Games 11 days ago, I asked the assembled athletes to grasp the opportunity of the Commonwealth Games and create their own history and fulfil their dreams.
"I must sincerely thank and congratulate them for rising so magnificently to this challenge."
The closing ceremony celebrated Australian culture and music while also paying tribute to the indigenous Yugambeh community. In addition to the Australian performers, Jamaican track icon Usain Bolt made an appearance alongside Games mascot Borobi.
No your eyes do not deceive you, <a href="https://twitter.com/usainbolt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@usainbolt</a> is on the decks at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GC2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GC2018</a> Closing Ceremony.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/7CommGames?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#7CommGames</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ShareTheDream?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ShareTheDream</a> <a href="https://t.co/v0zbW8YARf">pic.twitter.com/v0zbW8YARf</a>—@7CommGames
The ceremony also served as the official handover to the next Commonwealth Games, which will take place in 2022 in Birmingham, U.K. The "ambitious" handover segment included performances at Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast as well as a live choreographed dance from Birmingham City Centre set to the music of Birmingham band Electric Light Orchestra.
We hope you enjoyed the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/birmingham2022?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#birmingham2022</a> event live from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brum?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Brum</a>. Our brilliant young performers certainly did! Well done to everyone involved <a href="https://t.co/pVQyHmHEzh">pic.twitter.com/pVQyHmHEzh</a>—@birminghamcg22
"Birmingham is extremely excited and honoured to have been selected to host the XXII Commonwealth Games in 2022," Lord Mayor of Birmingham Anne Underwood said.
"Whilst we can't promise the sun, sand and sea of these Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, we can promise youth, energy, creativity and a love of sport."