Tassie stars shine before Games

TWO of Tasmania's seven representatives at this month's Commonwealth Games have received timely boosts.

Having celebrated his call-up with a new personal best of 81.71 metres a month ago, javelin thrower Hamish Peacock has gone one better.

Competing at an athletics meet in Sollentuna, Sweden, the 23-year-old Eastern Suburbs athlete added another half a metre to his record.

Peacock's throw of 82.24m was comfortably enough to win the competition, with no other thrower exceeding 80m.

Peacock is one of two Tasmanians competing in track and field in Glasgow along with his younger brother, hammer-thrower Huw.

Meanwhile, Latrobe boxer Jackson Woods has been given a glowing endorsement by the International Boxing Association as he prepares to complete a personal hat-trick by competing at an Olympics, world championship and Commonwealth Games.

Previewing the tournament to be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, the AIBA pointed out that the Australian boxing team did not claim a single medal in the last Commonwealth Games in India, but expected Woods to lead the charge this year.

The 21-year-old headlined the association's ``Ones to watch'' list, which said: ``Tipped as one of Australia's best hopes is the highly-rated Jackson Woods, a quarter-finalist at the 2010 AIBA Youth World Championships in Baku, and a London 2012 Olympian. 

``The young Aussie boxer has now moved up to the bantamweight class (56kg), and will be aiming to medal in Glasgow.''

Woods and his Latrobe Boxing Club teammate Nick Cooney were yesterday travelling to Ireland for the next phase of their Games preparation. 

Cooney, also 21, admitted he is starting to feel excited with just 25 days to go until his opening 60kg bout.

``I think it has finally hit home that I'm going,'' he said. ``It's been seven long years to get the chance to represent my country and I will make the most of it.''

Also flying to Europe this week is another North-West Coast 21-year-old, West Pine's track cycling world champion Amy Cure. Having completed an altitude training camp in Flagstaff, North America, Cure has flown to London and will finalise her preparations in Newport, Wales, where she is teaming up with Cycling Australia and Tasmanian Institute of Sport coach Matt Gilmore.

The Games run between July 23 and August 3 with Frankford weightlifter Jenna Myers and Hobart hockey player Eddie Ockenden completing Tasmania's involvement.

Latrobe Boxing Club teammates Jackson Woods and Nick Cooney are heading to Ireland before the Commonwealth Games.


Latrobe Boxing Club teammates Jackson Woods and Nick Cooney are heading to Ireland before the Commonwealth Games. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON


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