OVER THE MOON: Bundaberg's Taryn Gollshewsky qualified for the Commonwealth Games after finishing second at the nationals on Sunday.
OVER THE MOON: Bundaberg's Taryn Gollshewsky qualified for the Commonwealth Games after finishing second at the nationals on Sunday. Mike Knott BUN230118TARYN8

Golden girl sets sights on a medal

WHEN Bundaberg discus thrower Taryn Gollshewsky tried on the Australian Commonwealth Games uniform for the first time yesterday, the reality of competing sank in.

The 24-year-old is off to her second Commonwealth Games after finishing second at the nationals on the Gold Coast

She will represent Australia for the second time after making her Games debut in Glasgow in 2014.

"I've been working on this for four years,” she told the NewsMail after the announcement.

"The wait is finally over, I can say I'm going to the Games.

"I'm very excited.”

Gollshewsky had a nervous wait after posting all the qualifying distances she needed to before the nationals, where she finished second behind world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dani Samuels.

"My first throw I got 58.67 metres so that put the pressure off,” she said.

"It was really good but there is still plenty to go for me.”

Gollshewsky said she would need to throw bigger to gain the ideal result - a medal of any colour.

In Glasgow a throw longer than 60 metres was enough to win a medal.

Gollshewsky finished ninth in her first Games and said the hard work had been done to get ready.

"There's not too much more that I can do physically,” she said.

"The focus will be on fine-tuning and getting the routine right.

"Most of the hard work was done after the World Championships to now, so the main goal will be to stay 100 per cent healthy.”

Gollshewsky will focus on living life as normally as she can before hitting the big stage.

"I'll be maintaining my routine and working as much as I can,” she said.

"I'll have a couple of weekends at home and be able to do a few fun social things as well, including a couple of visits to the beach.”

She will also be mentally prepared for the occasion.

"Mental preparation is important,” she said.

"Having belief to succeed will be vital.

"I want to thank YMCA Bundaberg and Bundaberg Massage Therapy for helping me to get there.”

Gollshewsky will compete at the Games from April 4 to 15.



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