CQUni rep Taryn 'stoked' about World Uni Games bronze in women's discus

Published:29 August 2017

CQUni Master of Teaching student Taryn Gollshewsky pictured during an interview at the World Uni Games.

CQUniversity Master of Teaching student Taryn Gollshewsky says she is 'stoked' about earning bronze in the women's discus at the World University Games, held recently in Taipei.

The result is a major fillip as the Bundaberg-based student looks forward to next year's Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

Taryn says the standard of competition at the World Uni Games was very high for her event.

"It was the equivalent of the Commonwealth Games in standard, so to walk away with a medal gives me confidence in the lead-up to Gold Coast 2018," she says.

"It has been an incredibly long season, however my recent success has made me more motivated than ever to get back into the gym and get some solid training going before next year."

Taryn says conditions at the World Uni Games were "really tough".

"For about the first three rounds it was pouring rain and everybody was below standard," she says.

"It poured rain for the duration of our warm-up and half of our throws, so we were drenched. A wet circle and wet discus make it difficult to throw far. It was also 32 degrees with 90 percent humidity at 7 pm, so it felt like 42 degrees once the rain had stopped.

"Everybody was performing quite poorly. I struggled a little bit with the wet circle but then managed to finally get one out there and get a 58 (metres) on the board which got me the bronze.

"I knew that gold and silver places were not doing anything I couldn’t do so I just needed to relax and trust the process and really drive into my throw drive hard ... and managed to pull one together which is great."

Taryn says that despite her lack of a medal at the World Championships in London, held just before the Uni Games, the experience was "amazing".

"This year was my first World Championships at a senior level so it was a really great stepping stone for the World Uni Games," she says.

"Obviously World Unis has been the focus all year for me, so to walk away with bronze I’m pretty stoked and pretty happy to improve on my performance at World Champs.

"The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has been a goal for about four years ever since Glasgow so I’m really excited for Gold Coast and can hopefully get a podium finish there as well."

Reflecting on her wider experience in Taiwan for the World Uni Games, Taryn says her personal highlight was the Taiwanese people.

"They were so proud to host the games. It could take us half an hour to get from the stadium entrance to the athlete seating as we were bombarded with people wanting photos. I even had someone offer to pay for my lunch one day when I was out of the village exploring. They were so wonderful and positive and made it a lot easier to be in a country that didn't speak English."

Taryn completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences degree with CQUniversity and is now enrolled in a Master of Teaching (Primary).