Q&A with an Olympian

Mariafe Artacho del Solar won silver on the Gold Coast this year

To get an insight into the power of a mega event such as the Commonwealth Games – City Collective caught up with Australian Olympian and Commonwealth Games silver medalist – Mariafe Artacho del Solar to seek her insight into the athlete’s experience.

Mariafe: Second from left

AUSTRALIANS Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar followed up their Commonwealth Games silver medal on the Gold Coast with gold at the beach volleyball World Tour event in Lucerne, Switzerland. City Collective managed to grab a hold of Mariafe and put a few non volley ball-related questions to the professional athlete.

Q. What do you think about Adelaide hosting the Commonwealth Games? 
A. I think it’s a great idea to bring such a big event to your city. To be able to host 14 sports out of 17 within the Adelaide CBD is such an advantage for athletes too, the audience, the public and everyone involved.

Q. How was the Gold Coast games experience?
A. It was an epic experience! Being a part of the Australian team at home was so special. I loved playing in front of a home crowd, my family and friends. Everyone involved did such a great job with the venue and the whole games. Even though it was a very busy time, our experience was unforgettable.

Q. From your international travels which cities host sports event better than others?
A. Vienna would definitely be the top city. The crowd is insane! How everyone gets involved and the stadiums are packed is incredible. It’s a huge beach volleyball party!

Q. Could Adelaide 2026 deliver some similar outcomes?
A. I think so! I think with great planning and seeking for ideas from different sources it could be huge!

Hosting 14 out of 17 sports within the city itself is a huge proposition for an entirely unique Commonwealth Games adding to this the idea of postcode 5000 becoming one giant Athletes Village for the duration of the games and you’d be hard pressed not to see the massive opportunity an event like the Commonwealth Games represents.