As the 2018 Commonwealth Games come to a close, I know I speak for all Tasmanians in congratulating our athletes who have given us a great sense of pride through their exceptional displays of sportsmanship.
This year’s record performance saw Tasmania take home ten gold medals, two team golds and four silver - far exceeding the state’s previous best of seven medals at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Golden Girl Ariarne Titmus blew us all out of the water claiming three gold and one silver medal in her Commonwealth Games debut.
Hobart hockey player Eddie Ockenden played alongside Tasmanian Jeremy Edwards to claim his third Commonwealth title, this time in front of a home crowd.
At her first Commonwealth Games weightlifter Kaity Fassina claimed silver, so too did javelin thrower Hamish Peacock who upgraded his 2014 Glasgow bronze medal.
From the North of the state, Launceston triathlete Jake Birtwhistle played his role in securing gold for Australia in the men’s team relay, and a silver for himself.
I would also like to congratulate cyclist Amy Cure, lawn bowl’s competitor Rebecca Van Asch and Launceston-born basketballers Chris Goulding and Lucas Walker on their gold medals.
Jack Hale, Georgie Baker, Danielle McConnell, Sam Walker, Stewart McSweyn and Huw Peacock also put in impressive performances.
The dedication and commitment shown by our athletes is highly commendable and I am proud of all those who represented Tasmania and the country.