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CQUni's rising athletics stars head to the Commonwealth Games

CQUni's rising athletics stars head to the Commonwealth Games

Published:07 March 2018

CQUni alumnus Taryn Gollshewsky has thrown herself into training in the leadup to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

For the past two years Taryn Gollshewsky has been preparing for a career in PE teaching, however, it has been her dream to be a Commonwealth Games medallist that has held her undivided attention in recent months.

On the eve of this story going to print, the 24-year-old Bundaberg discus thrower impressed herself with a season’s best throw of 58.67m at the Commonwealth Games trials, placing second in the event, and earning herself a spot on the Australian team.

“My performance at nationals and the Commonwealth Games selection trials was not a shock, I’ve been in great form and have been training really well. While it was a season’s best on paper, I know I am capable of much more.

“My selection didn’t really sink in until I tried on my competition uniform this morning and saw the Australian emblem on my chest. The novelty of representing this country never wears off.

“Not many athletes get to compete at a home Games, so I’m incredibly honoured to have this opportunity and very excited for the next two months.”

Taryn says the Games has been a dream for a while. “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.

“It’s been a childhood dream of mine to be an elite athlete. I started Little Athletics at the age of eight and fell in love with discus soon after. I even have a school book from Year One where I had written ‘when I grow up I want to be an athlete and wear a cool tracksuit’.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old CQUni Psychology student Cassie Purdon is jumping for joy as she also learns she will be competing in the Games.

"It was pretty much a complete surprise," the high jump qualifier said in response to the news.

Purdon had thought her season was over and was busy planning a holiday when she jumped 1.86m on her third attempt at the Commonwealth Games trails earning her automatic qualification into the Australian team.

This was the first time the distance education student had won the national championships in high jump.

She had competed in the competition five times previously without a place and only ranked second or third in the junior championships before.

Purdon says she entered the competition with a very calm attitude and credits her performance to strategies she has learnt through her degree at CQUni.

She says the course has helped her understand herself better and what was needed to succeed in elite competition.

CQUni wishes both Taryn and Cassie the best of luck with their Games endeavours.