Parents so proud of son’s gold medal effort
Dad says much individual dedication and hard work behind Games’ triumph
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.
Triumph: Tom Scully (left) and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and silver (respectively) in the final of the 40km points race.
Togetherness: Queenstown sharp shooter Jenna MacKenzie hangs out with Valerie Adams at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Golden day: Tony Dodds running in the Commonwealth Games triathlon.