Did you know that Australia is the leading squash nation at the Commonwealth Games? Well with 30 medals overall, we are. And now the killer team for GC2018 has been announced, led by Aussie squash superstar David Palmer. There are a handful of competitors who don’t have to travel too far either, with Rachael Grinham, Ryan Cuskelly and Zac Alexander hailing from Toowoomba, Lismore and Brisbane respectively.
In addition, the first fourteen members of our 111 strong athletic team have been announced, with Liam Adams, Erin Cleaver, Cameron Crombie, Madison Derozario, Chris Hamer, Isis Holt, Stewart McSweyn, Virginia Moloney, Evan O’Hanlon, Michael Shelley, Celia Sullohern, Patrick Tiernan, Jessica Trengove and Lisa Weightman heading up the first announcement. At only 16 years old, Isis Holt is likely to be one of Australia’s youngest athletes at the Commonwealth Games. The dual World Champion from London in T35 100m and 200m events talked about her excitement at being selected for her first Commonwealth Games. “I’m very excited to be on my first Commonwealth Games team. I’ve been fortunate enough to win a couple of world titles but representing Australia at a Commonwealth Games will be very special,” said Holt.
In boxing news, twenty-two year-old Skye Nicholson from Yatala in Queensland (pictured) will make her Commonwealth Games debut, following in the footsteps of her late brother Jamie who won bronze at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. After debuting on the program at the Glasgow 2014 Games, an expanded women’s boxing program for Gold Coast 2018 will see the team feature five female athletes and eight male athletes.
Australia’s Bowls Team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will boast a mix of youth and experience, with six Games debutants among the 17 bowlers named on the side. Gold Coast is well represented with vision-impaired pairs competitor Jake Fehlberg 23, hailing from Burleigh Heads, and a trio of Gold Coasters in Australian Jackaroos Vice-Captain Brett Wilkie (44, Club Helensvale, QLD), four-time Bowls Australia International Bowler of the Year Aron Sherriff (32, Club Helensvale, QLD) and Nathan Rice (38, Club Helensvale, QLD) in the men’s squad.