Par­ents so proud of son’s gold medal ef­fort

Dad says much in­di­vid­ual ded­i­ca­tion and hard work be­hind Games’ tri­umph

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Tom Scully has made his par­ents, and town, proud.

The 24-year-old won gold in the Com­mon­wealth Games 40km points race on Sun­day morn­ing when he took three laps on the field and won six of the 16 sprints – in­clud­ing a mas­sive coup de grace in the fi­nal lap – to fin­ish com­fort­ably ahead on points from Isle of Man rider Peter Ken­naugh and his New Zealand team-mate Aaron Gate.

Matthew and Wendy Scully sat on their couch in Cromwell gripped with nerves watch­ing their son com­plete the race. The cou­ple, who own a cherry or­chard, moved to Cromwell from South­land when Tom was eight.

‘‘You dream about your boy be­ing there – but un­til you see it . . . at the start of the race my heart rate was up quite high be­cause I’m bloody ner­vous that it goes well for him,’’ Matthew said.

‘‘It was pretty emo­tional re­ally. There is just so much relief for him. It’s all about the fu­ture and achiev­ing it. He just works so hard you have got no idea about his com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion that goes into it. He doesn’t miss a train­ing and it’s all do-ity­our­self.’’

Wendy said Tom rang af­ter win­ning the race and de­scribed his achieve­ment as ‘‘pretty sweet’’, she said. ‘‘Then he said he had to go be­cause he was hun­gry. I said, ‘Oh well, I’m not there to make you a sand­wich’.’’

Wanaka-based triath­letes Tony Dodds and Nicky Sa­muels both came tenth in the in­di­vid­ual triathlons – Dodds as the lead­ing kiwi male and Sa­muels jus­ti­fy­ing her late se­lec­tion on ap­peal.

They were also mem­bers of the five-person New Zealand team which came a dis­ap­point­ing fifth in the sep­a­rate team’s event.

Queen­stown sharp­shooter Jenna MacKen­zie, the first New Zealan­der to be per­mit­ted to com­pete in all three shoot­ing dis­ci­plines, drifted from the medals in the 10m air ri­fle and prone ri­fle, plac­ing 20th and 14th re­spec­tively. Sally John­ston, for­merly of In­ver­cargill, won the gold medal in the prone.

MacKen­zie was due to com­pete overnight in the three po­si­tions event.

Cross coun­try moun­tain­biker Kate Fluker, of Queen­stown, com­petes on Tues­day, next week.

Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

Tri­umph: Tom Scully (left) and Aaron Gate cel­e­brate gold and sil­ver (re­spec­tively) in the fi­nal of the 40km points race.

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To­geth­er­ness: Queen­stown sharp shooter Jenna MacKen­zie hangs out with Va­lerie Adams at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games.

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Golden day: Tony Dodds run­ning in the Com­mon­wealth Games triathlon.

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