pole vault champion Nina Kennedy headlines the addition of a further three
Western Australian track and field athletes who were today announced on the
Australian Athletics Team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
is joined by training partner Liz Parnov, whilst national men’s 400m hurdles
champion Ian Dewhurst also met the automatic nomination criteria for inclusion
on his first senior team since the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
trio of selected talent, join Madison de Rozario – who had her name confirmed
late last year in the first wave of Athletics announcements. 51 athletes have
currently met the selection standard, with the selection committee set to boost
that number to a total team size of 109 with the addition of discretionary
picks this week.
has surged to career best form in 2018, highlighted by a series of personal
best performances – which now stands at 4.71m – and has seen her win a maiden
national title at just 20 years of age.
will jet off for Birmingham late this week to compete at the IAAF World Indoor
Championships in the first week of March.
a tough 2017 that saw her miss out on the World Championships through injury,
Kennedy said the opportunity to compete in national colours again and at a home
Games would be an incredible experience.
so exciting, I haven’t worn it (Australian competition kit) in two or three
years now, so to do it in front of my home crowd ... you know my family is
going to be there, extended family, friends … and now that I’ve competed inside
the stadium, I’m so excited, I’m just going to go for it,” she said.
confirmed that whilst the selection to World Indoors came as a surprise she
will not be taking her sights off the bigger picture of a Commonwealth Games
campaign in Australia.
end goal was just Commonwealth Games and then all of a sudden I jumped quals
and Craig Hilliard (National head coach) is like, "you’re going to World
Indoors” and I was like wow this was not in my plan, so, you know it just
literally just took me one coffee to sit down, reassess my goals,” she said.
new goals but the Commonwealth Games is still the same.”
Parnov will compete at a third Commonwealth Games for
Australia after her second place effort at the national championships in
addition to an existing A-Qualifying standard met the selectors’ criteria.She first represented in Delhi in 2010, before reprising in Glasgow in 2014.
– who relocated to the Perth from Sydney at the start of 2017 – won a third
career title over the weekend and returns to the Australian Flame team after
his last two seasons had been cruelled by injury.
Australia is expected to add further athletes onto the track and field team for
the Gold Coast Games when Athletics Australia finalises its squad this week.