Test­ing their metal

ATH­LETES ON MOVE

Cockburn Gazette - - INSIDE & OUT | YOUR HOME - Bryce Luff

IT was the late 1850s when the first min­ers took both their hopes and dreams to Queens­land in search of gold.

Now, more than 150 years on, ath­letes from around the world have be­gun pour­ing into the Gold Coast, again in search of pre­cious metal.

West Aus­tralia’s Com­mon­wealth Games con­tin­gent was sent off in style last week.

The group, in­clud­ing the ath­let­ics squad, hockey teams, net­ballers and swim­mers, were bid farewell at a lun­cheon at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

With Aus­tralia claim­ing the pre­vi­ous three women’s hockey gold medals, Hock­ey­roos star Stephanie Ker­shaw said the aim was clear.

“To be hon­est I’d be pretty dis­ap­pointed with any­thing other than gold,” she said.

“I think we have the team that can do re­ally well and should do re­ally well.

“It de­pends on the day, what hap­pens dur­ing the game, but I think with the team we have we’re def­i­nitely go­ing for gold.”

Pole vaulter Nina Kennedy, who in Fe­bru­ary set a new PB of 4.71m be­fore clear­ing 4.6m at the World In­door Cham­pi­onships to place eighth, said she “would love to fin­ish on the podium”.

“I would love to jump a con­sis­tent 4.60 like I’ve been jump­ing all sea­son,” she said.

“But also if I jump my best, no mat­ter what plac­ing I get, I’ll be happy.

“Any­thing can hap­pen on the day: the weather, the favourite could bail out, I could bail out, any­thing could hap­pen.”

The Games will be held from April 4 to 15.

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