17 Jan 2018
Three NSW athletes selected for the Commonwealth Games
Three NSW athletes, Erin Cleaver, Celia Sullohern and Evan O’Hanlon were today been named in the Australian team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The athletes were named amongst the initial 14 athletes selected today by Athletics Australia for the Games in April. It comprised automatic selections in the 10,000m and para events, along with full marathon selections.
Teenager Erin Cleaver (MQH) was named in the T38 long jump and will hope to be added to the 100m after the trails in February. Her silver medal at the London world championships earned her automatic selection. Courtesy of his win in London, Evan O’Hanlon (UTN) has been selected in the T38 100m. During a glittering career, O’Hanlon, who trains under coach Iryna Dvoskina, has won 13 world championship or Paralympic titles.
The third athlete named is Yamba-based distance runner Celia Sullohern (NEW). Her journey has been unusual. She was a talented teenager, but injury and accidents caused a hiatus of her career, before resuming in triathlon and eventual back on the road in marathons. After achieving two qualifiers for the Commonwealth Games in just her second and third marathons of her career, she was positioned as the fourth fastest in Australia and probably one place short of selection. In December 2017 she ran her first track race for three years, winning the Commonwealth Games trail and Australian 10,000m title, and securing automatic selection for the Games.
Sydney-based Western Australia, Madi de Rozario was also selected in the T54 1500m.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Evan O’Hanlon at the 2017 London World Championships