With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games starting this week, we thought it was only fitting to celebrate some of the wonderful stars who will be right in the thick of it competing.
30-year-old Laura Coles, isn’t afraid to stare down the barrel of a shotgun and aim for the clay. This year, Laura hopes to defend her title as the reigning Gold Medalist, having won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She’s also busy running her own clay target shooting experience business! Her ultimate dream is to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the Women’s Skeet event.
Pocket rocket, Anabelle Smith will take to the springboard to try and nab another Commonwealth Games medal. She’s already got two, one in the 10m synchro platform in Delhi and the other for her 3m synchro springboard in Glasgow. She’s also the proud owner of an Olympic bronze. Anabelle started diving when she was 13 and now trains 30 hours a week. We’re proud to have supported her in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support and encouragement I received from Layne. When a world champion believes in you, you know that anything is possible”.
The ever-graceful Danielle Prince is hoping to add to her trophy cabinet at her third Commonwealth Games. She’s already had a taste of victory after representing Australia in Delhi, where she won team gold and was lucky enough to represent Australia again in Glasgow.
Danni started her campaign at 11-years-old after being encouraged by her mum and dance teacher. Since then she’s become an Olympian, a 5-time Australian Senior National Champion and has represented the country at 7 World Championships, a feat no other Australian rhythmic gymnast has achieved. Danni received her scholarship in 2016.
”My sport crosses into the performance realm, almost like theatre. You have one-minute-thirty to basically tell a story without any words. It’s not just the routine, it’s the whole package: leotards, colour of the apparatus, music. We are scored on the way the routine makes the judges feel”.
Alex Manly is making her games debut in track cycling. She’s spent the last few months in Adelaide preparing. Since receiving her scholarship in 2015, she’s experienced fabulous results at the national championships and Roadnats.
The Layne Beachley Foundation helped create a solid cake’ and I credit a lot of my drive and motivation, to the time I spent with Layne and the amazing girls I met in my scholarship year. The work over the last 12 months to get here has been the icing on top.
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