Cate Campbell is determined to defend her Australian record. The 25-year-old marks her return to international competition at the Games after taking a break in 2017 following her sixth placing in the Rio Olympic 100m freestyle final.
“It’s so exciting to be back and part of the Australian swim team, I definitely missed being a part of it in 2017 and to be back wearing the green and gold it really makes my heart beat a little bit faster,” she said.
Cate will be competing in the 50m butterfly, the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle relay.
The 19 year old boxer from Cooroy, Queensland has already made the medal ranks before the games have even started. By drawing a bye in her division she has already won bronze but she is determined to turn it into gold.
Her coach Mark Evans said that “we’ve got a guaranteed bronze but I’m tipping that colour might change.”
“She’s on fire at the moment. She’s going to be very, very hard to beat.
“She’s probably the fittest I’ve ever seen her. She’s so sharp. I was doing pads with her on Tuesday (and) her hand speed was just amazing so she’s ready to go.”
Taylah will be competing in the women’s 51kg division.
At only 25 years of age Melissa Wu will be competing in her fourth Commonwealth Games, debuting in Melbourne 2006 at just 13 years of age. As a diving veteran, Melissa has amassed an impressive medal count including one gold, six silvers and five bronze medals.
Melissa will be competing in the 10m platform, 10m synchro, 10m mixed synchro events.
The Games ambassador Kurt Fearnley will close out his remarkable career with his participation in the T54 Marathon and 1,500m.
Fearnley was the silver medallist in the T54 1500m at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, following on from his gold medal-winning performance in the same event in Delhi.
“Pulling on the green and gold once is special and if that’s all you get, you’re luckier than most,” he said.
“So, to have the honour of representing Australia at a third Commonwealth Games as well as at a few Paralympics, World Championships and Olympics is something else.”
After bringing home a gold medal at the Rio Olympics, teenager Kyle Chalmers is out to prove that he isn’t a one-hit wonder. The 19 year old become the first Australian man to claim 100m freestyle gold in 48 years. Kyle will be competing in the 100m and 200m freestyle and relay events.
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