Sussex Success at Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast came to an end yesterday with great results for the Sussex-linked athletes who were competing over the 11 days. In terms of medals, Sussex stars brought home one gold and three bronze medals.
The Medal Race
First to win gold was Joe Townsend from Eastbourne. Joe is a former Royal Marine Commando who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2008. He got into triathlon when he completed the Ironman UK triathlon in Bolton in July 2011. Since then he has completed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, where he finished second in the disability category. He also competed for ParalympicsGB in Rio in September 2016
Next up and winning a bronze medal was England Hockey Women. Four players on this team have Sussex links - with Ellie Rayer, Laura Unsworth and Amy Tenant all training at East Grinstead Hockey Club. West Sussex born Maddie Hinch also plays for this side.
Securing another bronze was the England Hockey men's team with players Liam Ansell, David Condon and Christopher Griffiths all training at East Grinstead Hockey Club.
Meanwhile Chichester's own Jessica Breach was part of the Rugby 7s Women's team who also took home a bronze medal.
If you enjoyed watching the hockey at the Games, there are still some tickets available for the Vitality Hockey World Cup in London here.
Outside of the medals, other Sussex finalists finished well with 15 year old Hannah Martin from Hove finishing 5th in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Also finishing 5th in the Women's 50m Rifle was Goring-by-Sea's Katie Gleeson. Brighton's own Charlie Grice came extremely close to a medal when he finished in fourth place in the Men's 1500m race. Finally Horsham's Jade Lally came 7th in Discus and East Grinstead Hockey Club's Xenna Hughes who plays for Wales Hockey finished in 9th place.
Sussex's Youngest competitor
Hannah Martin from Hove made her Team England debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. At 15 years old, she competed as part of Team England's rhythmic gymnastics team at Coomera Indoor Sports Centre - finishing in 5th place overall. Hannah, who trains at iStar Academy in West Sussex, is a three-time British all-around medallist. She is coached by Lynne Hutchison, who competed for Team England at Glasgow 2014.
Pride of Sussex
Seeing such excellent results from so many Sussex-based or Sussex-born athletes really shows how well Sussex is performing on the international stage in terms of calibre of sportspeople, determination and ambition. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate each and every one of the competitors on their successes. We look forward to seeing and hearing more from them as we head towards the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.