The Commonwealth Games ended perfectly on yesterday. In the past twelve days, the Gold Coast was buzzing with competition in the air. Listed below are stories of people involved in the games to look out for...and surprisingly, they aren’t all athletes but all are amazing in their own right.
Shantelle Thompson may not be a household name in Wrestling but she is the two time world champion in Jiu Jitsu.
Nearly 7 years ago she gave birth to her twin babies and unfortunately started to suffer from postnatal depression and struggled with her headspace. Her husband suggested getting into Jiu Jitsu as therapy which allowed her to channel her demons and become a healthier person.
In her time doing Jiu Jitsu she became a two time champion and then decided she wanted a change. She now represents her country as an Australian Wrestler and will compete at their home olympic games on the Gold Coast, in hope to bring home a medal.
Rwandan Athletes and their Gold Coast connection
Local school’s in the Gold Coast took on an initiative to identify with participating commonwealth nations in an effort to learn more and strengthen bonds between commonwealth nations.
Livingstone Christian College decided to learn about Rwanda, a country in East Africa, and their culture. For the past 18 months the school has been learning many amazing things about the country and this led to the Rwandan athletes visiting the school.
While at the school the athletes joined the students in some fun runs and playing other commonwealth games events like volleyball. This was a great experience for the children to meet real athletes from another nation and for the athletes to let their hair down and have some fun with the kids and teach a future generation of athletes.
Peace Proscovia is the captain of the Ugandan national team competing in the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.
She is an amazing athlete and many in her home village look up to her for the courage and path she took to get to where she is today. She disobeyed her parents who wanted her to marry so she could chase her dream of getting an education. She fled to the city where she worked and got a scholarship to university. She then became the first african woman to play in the England Super Netball League, which has now allowed her to further her studies as she is currently in the process of getting her masters in marketing, all the while dominating on the netball court.
Don Robertson had been volunteering for over 30 years as a starter at the National Championships and the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games. He has been helping in swimming for over three decades before he decided to retire at age of 57.
Now 36 years later, he heard that the Gold Coast was hosting the Commonwealth Games. At 96 years young he knew he would be coming out of retirement for one last go as a volunteer.
Don was a spectator assistant at the swimming events at this years games, have you even see him floating around at the games?
Hussam Mohammad was born into a family of boxers with his dad and both brothers boxing when he grew up. However he knew he would be the one to continue with it and pursue it as a career.
What most don’t know is Hussam at first wanted to be a gymnast but with no proper training or funding he became a boxer with his father as his coach.
This father son combo have been training hard for the olympics and it is Hussam’s dream to achieve a medal in boxing. This would be a first for India. Hussam wants to do this for his coach and mentor, his father; the man who has been with him every step of the way.
We love finding superstars and telling their stories. If you know of someone with an inspiring story like these we would love to hear from you. Keep up to date with our Facebook and Twitter for updates, as we continue to watch the nation compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.