Monday, 16 April 2018
Victorian Institute of Sport’s Damien Schumann and his Australian teammate Chris McHugh became our first ever Commonwealth Games beach volleyball gold medalists.
Kell O’Brien and the men’s 4000m team pursuit won gold for Australia in spectacular fashion setting a new world record.
For the first time since Manchester 2002 (Ian Thorpe) Australia again owns the Commonwealth Games 400 metre Mens Freestyle title, thanks to our own Mack Horton.
VIS table tennis players Melissa Tapper and Jian Fang Lay enjoyed a hectic Commonwealth Games schedule competing in a range of table tennis events.
Victorian Institute of Sport hockey player Aaron Kleinschmidt was instrumental in the Kookaburras 2-0 gold medal victory over New Zealand.
VIS’ Madi Ratcliffe, Rachael Lynch, Emily Hurtz and their Hockeyroos team marched through the qualifying games , and the semi-final without conceding a goal.
In a desperately close and thrilling gold medal match, VIS’ Jo Weston, Liz Watson and their Australian Diamond team mates had to settle for silver against the most professional and proficient team England has ever fielded.
VIS boxer Jason Whateley avoided qualifying rounds to go straight into the finals, but fell over at the final hurdle against Kiwi David Nyika to claim the silver medal.
VIS’ success in the swimming flowed through to the diving pool, with James Connor and Anabelle Smith claiming medals in a range of events.
What an exceptional effort by all VIS athletes and their support staff at the Commonwealth Games!