In addition to Melissa Tapper, six Caulfield Grammarians represented Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast in April. They were Mack Horton (2000-12) and Hayley Baker (2008-13), who were members of the swimming team, long jumper Brooke Stratton (2007-11), diver James Connor (2008-10), and women’s basketball team members Jenna O’Hea (2005-06) and Alice Kunek (2006-07).
Competing in his second Commonwealth Games team Mack won the gold medal in the 400m metres freestyle and was a member of Australia’s winning 4 x 200 metres freestyle relay team. He was placed second in the 200 metres freestyle and third in the 1500 metres freestyle.
Hayley, representing Australia for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, qualified for both the 100 metres and 200 metres backstroke finals, placing equal sixth in the 100 metres and sixth in the 200 metres.
Brooke qualified for second Commonwealth Games team when she won her third national long jump title in February this year. Unfortunately, injury prevented her from competing at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, so the Gold Coast Games marked her debut in Commonwealth Games competition. After qualifying with a leap of 6.73 metres in the preliminaries, Brooke went close to taking out the gold medal in the final with a jump of 6.77 metres, just seven centimetres behind the winner — Christabel Nettey of Canada.
Having previously competed as a 15-year-old in Delhi, James won two medals at his second Commonwealth Games — a silver in the 1-metre springboard and a bronze in the 3-metre springboard. He also competed in the men’s synchronised 3-metre springboard event with partner Kurtis Mathews, finishing in sixth place.
The Australian women’s basketball team went through their pool matches on the Gold Coast undefeated and then qualified for the gold medal match with a 59-point win over New Zealand. In the final they defeated England 99 points to 55 to win the gold medal. Both Jenna and Alice had court time in all Australia’s matches and were significant contributors to the team’s gold medal winning performance.
Congratulations to all our Grammarians who represented Australia on the Gold Coast.