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The selection of six female Tasmanian athletes to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games is a record number of female athletes to compete at the Games for the island State.
Cyclist Amy Cure is the only Tasmanian female athlete who has competed in a Commonwealth Games. The others will be making their Commonwealth Games debut at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 4-15 April 2018.
All the Tasmanian female athletes selected for the Commonwealth Games are successful in a range of sports.
Amy Cure - Cycling
Amy Cure is a professional cyclist who is a two-time World Champion, four-time Junior World Champion, Commonwealth Games Medallist and Olympian.
Amy claimed her first elite World Championship title in 2012 in the points race. In the team pursuit in 2013, she won silver before claiming bronze in the 2014 event. She went on to secure a silver and bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the scratch race and individual pursuit.
Amy was a part of history at the 2015 World Championships when she lined up alongside Rio 2016 teammates Ashlee Ankudinoff, Annette Edmondson and Melissa Hoskins in the team pursuit. The quartet not only won gold but broke the world record.
Georgia Baker - Cycling
Cyclist Georgia Baker will be making her Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast
In 2011 and 2012 Georgia claimed back-to-back Under 19 World Titles as part of the team pursuit, these results highlighted her credentials as a future track star.
Georgia first raced in senior competition at the 2016 World Championships, and debuted in her first Olympic Games in 2016.
Rebecca Van Asch - Lawn bowls
Lawn bowler Rebecca Van Asch won the 2017 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in the women’s fours and triples events and is now a three-time World Champion. She was also the first Tasmanian to win an Australian Indoor Bowls Championships in the event’s 30-year history.
Rebecca named the joint Southern Cross Television 2017 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year.
Rebecca is also CEO for Bowls Tasmania and is a game changer both on and off the field.
Ariarne Titmus - Swimming
Teenager Ariarne Titmus, 17, is a swimming sensation and has become the first woman in more than a decade to win the 200 metre, 400 metre, and 800 metre freestyle treble at the National Swimming Trials to seal her place on Australia’s team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Ariarne competed in the 2017 World Championships where she finished fourth in the 400m freestyle. Her time broke her own National Age Group Record she previously set at the Australian Trials. Her performance was the fastest by any Australian, 18 years and under, and put Ariarne fourth on the all-time Australian rankings. She swam the anchor leg of Australia’s bronze medal winning 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
Danielle McConnell - Hammer throwing
Danielle McConnell held a scholarship with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport from 2009 until mid-2014.
Kaitlyn Fassina - Weightlifting
Hobart mother Kaitlyn Fassina has returned to full training after a time away from the sport due to the birth of her baby. During 2017, Kaitlyn was able to move down in bodyweight and lift higher totals with a personal best in the -90 category.
In March 2017, Kaitlyn competed at the Australian International and placed third overall in the 90kg+ division with a 100kg snatch, 123kg clean and jerk and therefore a combined total of 223kg. In June, Kaitlyn won her division (90+kg) at the National Championships in June, again lifting a total of 223kg. In September, Kaitlyn competed in the -90kg division at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships. Here she was able to add five kg to her snatch totalling 105kg and again lifted 123kg in the clean and jerk totalling a personal best of 228kg and placing her second overall.