Commonwealth Games Australia today announced the eight-member wrestling team to compete at Gold Coast 2018.
The announcement was made in Melbourne where the wrestlers have gathered for a pre-games training camp.
The team is headlined by New South Wales and Australian wrestling champion and current UFC champion Robert Whittaker, who will make his Commonwealth Games debut.
Whittaker said representing Australia was a dream a come true.
“To represent your country and to wear the green and gold is such an honour,” Whittaker said.
“I am looking forward to competing at a home Commonwealth Games in front of a home crowd,” he said.
The team features a further three Commonwealth Games debutants with Naomi de Bruin, Tom Cicchini and Connor Evans all set for the three days of Games competition starting on Thursday April 12.
De Bruin’s selection caps off what has been a successful transition from international judo competitor to 2017 Wrestling national Champion.
The team is rounded out by Rupindar Kaur, Carissa Holland, Mehrdad Tarash and Jayden Lawrence who all competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Australian Team Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti welcomed the wrestling athletes to TeamAUS.
“Congratulations to these eight wrestlers named in the team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Wrestling is a really physical and tactical battle and the Commonwealth games are a wonderful opportunity for Australian’s to see some of the best in action.
“There is great competition from nations like Canada, India and Nigeria in the wrestling program and it will be a wonderful opportunity for our athletes to perform in front of a strong home crowd,” Moneghetti said.
The wrestling competition will take place at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. Tickets remain for the preliminary and finals sessions on Thursday 12 April and Friday 13 April.
The Australian Wrestling team for Gold Coast 2018 is as follows:
Rupindar Kaur 50kg (VIC)
Carissa Holland 53kg (NSW)
Naomi de Bruin 76kg (NSW)
Tom Cicchini 57kg (QLD)
Mehrdad Tarash 65kg (VIC)
Connor Evans 74kg (VIC)
Jayden Lawrence 86kg (NSW)
Robert Whittaker 97kg (NSW)