Bri­anna ready to launch into Games

Hills Gazette - - SPORT - Be­linda Cipri­ano

FEEL­ING re­vived af­ter a Euro­pean sum­mer hol­i­day, for­mer Kala­munda swim­mer Bri­anna Throssell has dived straight into train­ing, hop­ing to qual­ify for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The 21-year-old, who fin­ished eighth at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 100m but­ter­fly and 12th in women’s 100m but­ter­fly semi-fi­nals at this year’s Swim­ming World Cham­pi­onships, said she was happy to get back in the pool.

“I had four weeks off and I def­i­nitely needed it af­ter the World Cham­pi­onships and I spent a lit­tle bit of time in Europe,” she said.

“It’s been a nice break but I’ve been itch­ing to get back in the pool.”

The phys­io­ther­apy stu­dent, one of sev­eral ath­letes present at the re­cent Com­mon­wealth Games Team Ap­peal launch at the WA In­sti­tute of Sport, said she would be train­ing the house down to qual­ify for the Aus­tralian.

“The first step is to qual­ify and that will be on the Gold Coast where the games will be so that will give us a good at­mos­phere and it’s a lit­tle bit ex­cit­ing to be rac­ing in the pool we could po­ten­tially be rac­ing in the games,” she said.

“Aus­tralians love to back Aus­tralian sport and the Com­mon­wealth Games is al­most the pin­na­cle of sports that don’t ac­tu­ally re­ceive a lot of money like foot­ball and cricket.”

The State Gov­ern­ment kicked off the Ap­peal with Sport and Re­cre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray pre­sent­ing the ath­letes with $60,000.

The 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4-15.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d473550

Bri­anna Throssell gets fit­ted for her uni­form.

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