Proud as Peacocks

THE trio of Tasmanian athletes selected for next month's Commonwealth Games have contrasting goals awaiting them in Glasgow.

Huw Peacock

Huw Peacock

Huw Peacock aims to mark his first senior national selection with a personal best, older brother Hamish is targeting a medal while fellow Hobartian Tristan Thomas is simply hoping to be fit enough to compete eight years after first gracing the stage.

As revealed by The Examiner yesterday, the trio took Tasmania's Commonwealth Games quota to seven when the 103-strong track and field contingent was named _ second only to that which competed in Melbourne in 2006.

``I'm ecstatic,'' said 22-year-old hammer-thrower Huw.

``I knew I had put in the hard yards and had a shot at it, but I've been waiting nervously all week so was very happy to get the call.

``I'm just looking forward to it. Getting in the village environment will be an awesome experience. It's all really exciting.''

In Canberra with Australia's other selected hammer thrower, Victorian Tim Driesen, Huw said he could not be in better shape six weeks out from the Games having thrown a PB of 67.22 metres at the weekend.

Brother and Eastern Suburbs clubmate Hamish is also aiming for a PB in the javelin at Hampden Park, which should be accompanied by a podium finish.

``I'm very happy. It was not too much of a shock, but you still get a bit nervous before it is announced,'' the 23-year-old said.

``It will be a great experience. I went to the world championships last year but this will be my first experience of a multi-sports event.

``I'm aiming for a medal. I'm ranked fourth or fifth in the Commonwealth, but obviously the first goal is to make the final.''

Hamish has a PB of 81.14m, which would have earned a medal at most previous Commonwealth Games and would have won in 2006.

Having made the 2012 Olympic semi-final, Thomas was named for the 400m hurdles but also as a member of the 4x400m relay, an event he helped Australia claim a bronze medal in at the 2009 world championships.

However, the 28-year-old Sandy Bay Harrier is concerned leg injuries may prevent him competing.

``I've had a few niggles _ nothing dire or long-term but enough to jeopardise my training,'' Thomas said from Canberra.

``At this point I cannot say whether I will be there or not.

``I just want to get the leg as strong as can be and if that happens with enough time to get some solid training in ahead of the Games then excellent.

``I really want to go and will do everything I can to tick all the boxes to give myself the best chance of competing. But it's one of those sports where if you are not 100 per cent it will show.''

Athletics Tasmania was delighted with the selections and the Peacocks becoming the second Tasmanian siblings at a Commonwealth Games after sisters Jo Millar-Cubit and Gail Luke in Auckland in 1990. 

``Three athletes in the team is an excellent result for Australia's smallest state,'' Athletics Tasmania president Mike Gunson said. 

``We extend congratulations from the Tasmanian athletics family to Tristan, Hamish and Huw.''

The selections cap a fine season for Tasmanian athletes with Jacob Despard, Samantha Lind and Jesse Usoalii picked for the junior world championships in the US in July and five athletes off to the Oceania Championships in the Cook Islands later this month.

Other Tasmanians nominated for Commonwealth Games selection are Latrobe boxers Jackson Woods and Nick Cooney, Frankford weightlifter Jenna Myers and West Pine track cyclist Amy Cure with road cycling and hockey yet to confirm teams.

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