Of the 23 events at the Commonwealth Games, nothing whips the Australian public into patriotic fervour more than swimming. Being surrounded by water, we think ourselves a pretty bloody good chance of taking home some gold. Over the first six days of competition, 50 medal events are run across all disciplines from the 50m butterfly to the 4 x 100m medley. With Australia poised to load up on medals on home soil – here’s how you can watch the 2018 Commonwealth Games swimming events, live and free.
When Are The 2018 Commonwealth Games Swimming Events?
Surely by now Swimming is considered our National Sport At The Commonwealth Games. Seeing as we are a good chance to wear all the gold, we’ve gone and done some serious leg work (that’s a pun) for you by highlighting all of the times that you can catch major swimming finals during the games. But first, if you want to go through the whole schedule, heats and all, click the link below.
With that out of the way, let’s get into the Finals.
When To Watch The 2018 Commonwealth Games Swimming Finals
The swimming is a primetime sport with a primetime sport slot. Each night from April 5 to April 10, the Swimming opens with Gold Medal events at 7:37pm AEST and concludes around 10pm AEST. In between, other heats take place, but across all six nights you’ll be able to catch the 50 medal events if you’re tuned in by 7:30pm.
Here’s that start time in all capital cities:
- Perth, WA: 5:00pm
- Darwin, NT: 7:00pm
- Adelaide, SA: 7:00pm
- Brisbane, QLD: 7:30pm
- Sydney, NSW: 7:30pm
- Canberra, ACT: 7:30pm
- Melbourne, VIC: 7:30pm
- Hobart, TAS: 7:30pm
Here’s the schedule of medal events:
How To Stream The 2018 Commonwealth Games Swimming Finals For Free
Channel 7 is your best bet if you’re planning to stream the events to your laptop, phone or other connected gadget. The broadcaster has launched a dedicated web app for streaming the Commonwealth Games in Australia. The 7CommGames app is also available from Google Play and the Apple Store for Android and iOS devices, respectively.
The 7CommGames app includes Seven’s live coverage across all three free-to-air channels, plus selected on-demand content, including highlights and interviews. Every medal event will be streamed live and in full.
Serious sports fans can upgrade to the “premium” version of the app for $19.99. This comes with “Exclusive Premium Content”, live HD streams, fewer commercials and the ability to connect up to 8 devices simultaneously.
Please bear in mind that while streaming the 7CommGames app is free, you may still be charged for data usage by your telco provider. We recommend watching over a secure WiFi connection to avoid potential bill shock.
Alternatively, Optus is currently offering select Postpaid Mobile and Mobile Broadband customers data-free 7CommGames streaming. Click here for more info.