Commonwealth Games: Trio added to Jersey’s Gold Coast squad

Thursday 21 December 2017

Three more competitors have been added to Jersey’s squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Ollie Turner has been chosen to represent the island in the sprint triathlon, while swimmers Gemma Atherley and Harry Shalamon will also head down under to race in the backstroke events.

Atherley will focus on the 200m as her main event, while Shalamon is targeting the 50m and 100m events as his priorities.

For all three it will be their first senior Commonwealth Games outings. They join the 29-strong squad announced earlier this year.

“We are delighted to have added two more sports to the Jersey team,” said Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey president Paul du Feu.

“This gives us representation in shooting, lawn bowls, athletics, badminton, cycling, gymnastics, swimming and triathlon. The 33rd slot hasn’t been filled though there may be members who decide to appeal.

“As we come to the end of this phase of the programme and the end of 2017 I’d like to once again say a massive thank you to our sponsors Acorn who have invested so generously in the new process we put in place at the end of 2015.

“So many people, including many athletes who have not been selected, have benefited and learned from this extended programme. We move forwards into 2018 hoping that everyone involved will meet their goals and find the whole experience rewarding.”

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