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Taryn qualifies for third Commonwealth Games

Bundaberg athlete Taryn Gollshewsky won bronze for Australia at the 2017 World University Games at Taipei in the women's discus.
Bundaberg athlete Taryn Gollshewsky won bronze for Australia at the 2017 World University Games at Taipei in the women's discus.

Local athlete Taryn Gollshewsky has qualified to represent Australia in discus at her third Commonwealth Games, heading off to Birmingham next month to compete against the best of the best.

Facing a number of setbacks through major injury recently, Taryn has proven nothing is impossible, fighting to return to competing at a high level.

Taryn said it had been in a race against time to return to her best, only getting back to competing competitively in February.

“I am still on the road to recovery,” she said.

“I was very fortunate because I competed well at Oceania’s in June, the final competition before the qualification period closed.

“Athletes were able to try to qualify for Commonwealth Games over the past 12 months.

“I was only able to start competing in February due to my injury.”

Taryn said despite it being her third games, the excitement of representing Australia never wore off.

“I am very excited, and it is an absolute honour to be able to say that I am a three-time Commonwealth Games representative,” she said.

“It is great to travel and compete internationally again as it has been four years since I’ve been able to compete in Europe.”

Taryn's Commonwealth Games goal

While she had goals to improve on her results from the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, Taryn said she was also just happy to be back in the competition.

“I hope to improve on my result from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, where I came fifth,” she said.

“Considering I am still returning to my peak, I am just fortunate to be going and I am looking forward to wearing the Green and Gold.

“I am really looking forward to representing my country again and competing against some of the best athletes in the world.”

The Commonwealth Games start on Thursday, 28 July in Birmingham.

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