Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley (NSW) and reigning 100m hurdles World Champion Sally Pearson (Qld) are today confirmed as Co-Captains of the Australian athletics team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Fearnley will compete in the T54 1500m and wheelchair marathon events on the Gold Coast. He won gold in the 1500m in Delhi, and silver in the same event four years ago in Glasgow.

“None of us got here on our own, but you don’t necessarily have the same supports around you in a Games environment, and that’s where the team and leaders within the team can step in to help out,” Fearnley said.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible leaders and hopefully can pass on a few things to anyone who needs a hand or just be in the front line, pom poms in hand, as the leader of the cheer squad.

“It’s an honour to be selected to lead this incredible team of athletes, and I can’t wait to rip in together in a few weeks’ time.”

The Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games takes place on April 4, with athletics competition set to begin on April 8.

By Athletics Australia

Posted: 20/03/2018

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