Host: Australia
Countries: 22
Events: 146
Athletes: 980

The Commonwealth Youth Games were held from 29 November until 4 December 2004 and formed a key multi-sport event for regional Victoria’s event calendar and the Commonwealth Games Federation calendar. The event involved 994 athletes and Games officials from 24 nations, over 400 Games volunteers and 600 medical volunteers to contest around 586 medals over three days of competition in Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Gymnastics, Cycling, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Weightlifting

It was pretty scary and it was the furthest I had ever been away from home at that age, but it was incredible. The Commonwealth Youth Games was a great competition. It was the chance to experience competing alongside other athletes and being in a multi-sport environment
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, winner of two silver medals at Bendigo 2004

The event provided valuable international competition for the youth of the Commonwealth who hope to compete in Melbourne 2006 and beyond.  The benefit to Bendigo was significant, with the Games combining sporting excellence with community celebrations and cultural activities.  Approximately 14,000 spectators attended the Games, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and three days of competition.


  • To deliver an outstanding sporting competition for the youth of the Commonwealth at a high standard of performance and provide a cultural experience of Bendigo and its surroundings.
  • To deliver a successful Games on behalf of competitors, spectators, and stakeholders.
  • To leave a legacy for the Bendigo region and set a benchmark for hosting multi-sport events in Bendigo.
  • To leave a legacy for the Commonwealth Games Movement