How athletes can inspire us to excel everyday

How athletes can inspire us to excel everyday

Magic always happens when athletes from 71 nations come together to push eachother to reach greater heights. 

So what were the magic moment from the 2018 Commonwealth Games? 

What life lesson can we learn from these extraordinary achievements on the sporting field? 

Whilst reflecting on this we came across an article on gc2018.com entitled ‘The best moment of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ 

Enjoy a few of our favourite inspiring moments and our twist on their amazing efforts.

 

LEARNING A NEW SKILL

Jade Jones took up para triathlon after watching the inaugural Olympic event in Rio.  

Her great challenge was she couldn’t swim 18 months ago, but that didn’t stop the Englishwoman becoming the first women’s Para Triathlon champion. 

 

THE IMPOSSIBLE CAN HAPPEN

Malawi’s netball team upset New Zealand 57-53 sparking wild celebrations. The Malawi Queens' victory was their first win against the two-time Commonwealth champions. 

Trailing by seven goals at halftime, Malawi set up their famous victory with a 17-9 third quarter. 

"We have beaten the untouchables," said coach Whyte Mulilima.

 

FROM TRAGEDY COMES VICTORY

Kyron McMaster won the British Virgin Islands first gold medal in the 400m hurdles.  He was inspired by unimaginable tragedy.  

In 2017, Hurricane Irma ravaged his homeland claiming the life of his coach and mentor, Xavier Samuels.

 

YOU’RE NEVER TO OLD TO WIN GOLD

Ken Hanson is Australia’s oldest ever gold medal winner at a Commonwealth Games after making his debut at the spritely age of 68. 

Hanson won gold for his B6/B7/B8 Triples dramatically with the last bowl of the match.

 

IF YOU WANT IT, YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR IT

Australia’s Kurt Fearnley comprehensively won the men's T54 marathon breaking the Commonwealth Games record time.  

Fearnley said ". . . if you want it, you have to work for it.  You've got to turn out, come out and fight for it.”

 

FROM DRUG ADDICT TO WORLD CHAMP

World champion Luvo Manyonga from South Africa overcame a crystal meth addiction to win Gold with a Games record long jump of 8.41m.

 

NEVER GIVE UP – BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAM

Australian Kathryn Mitchell javelin throw of 68.92m was the longest throw in the world for five years. 

The 35-year-old started her career at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, but this was her first medal. 

She finished sixth in Melbourne, fifth at the Delhi 2010 and fourth at Glasgow 2014.

 

YOUNG AND FEARLESS

Wales’ Anna Hursey was the youngest competitor at 11 years of age competing at the table tennis. 

She was not overawed by the occasion, claiming a number of victories during the tournament. 

 

 STRIVING FOR THE NEXT LEVEL

Australia broke their own world record in winning the women's 4x100m freestyle relay at the Gold Coast 2018 . 

Well done Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell for your determination to go to the next level.

 

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