Bundaberg’s Taryn Gollshewsky has smashed a personal goal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, placing fourth in the discus throw finals event this morning.
The local athlete was the only Australian to compete, throwing 56.85m – just 14cm behind third place.
It was a special moment for Taryn, who told Bundaberg Now in June that she wanted to achieve her personal goal of improving on her result from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 where she placed fifth.
Speaking to Channel Seven after this morning’s event, Taryn said she was happy to have the opportunity to compete at the games and had only started properly training six months ago after overcoming injury setbacks.
“I broke my leg last year, so just to be here is amazing,” she said.
“I was not allowed to throw for eight months after breaking my tibia and fibula and so I only got back into throwing in February this year so even to qualify and get to the Commonwealth Games was amazing
“I am not done yet!”
The three time Commonwealth Games representative took to Facebook last week highlighting just how amazing it was to be competing at such a high level.
“A year ago, today I was 10 weeks post-op and re-learning how to walk,” she said.
“I could not stand for longer than 10 minutes, could not walk more than 100 metres and experienced severe nerve pain.
“Today, in Tonbridge, I received my first item of Australian team uniform for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.”
School supports Miss G
When she isn't showcasing her athletic abilities on the field, Taryn goes by the name of “Miss G” at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School where she teaches PE.
According to Director of Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton Leesa Jeffcoat, the whole school community had been very excited about her exceptional performance this morning.
“All the students and staff at St Patrick’s are absolutely thrilled for Taryn and very proud of their PE teacher Miss G, as she is fondly known,” Leesa said.
“That excitement is echoed around the diocese, all of us in Catholic Education have been cheering her on every time she stepped up to the plate.
“Taryn’s journey is remarkable and her determination in the face of adversity following her injury last year is inspirational.”