HOBART hockey star Eddie Ockenden is hoping for a second Commonwealth Games gold medal when the tournament starts at the end of the month (23 July).
Ockenden has already enjoyed his fair share of Australian hockey success, including a recent gold medal at the hockey world cup in the Netherlands.
Now based in Perth, Ockenden is one of seven Tasmanians selected for the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The others are Hamish and Huw Peacock in track and field, Jackson Woods and Nick Cooney in boxing, Jenna Myers in weight lifting and Amy Cure in cycling.
Ockenden said it was exciting to be going to another Commonwealth Games.
He said he was looking forward to defending the gold medal he helped win in New Delhi four years ago, having also been a part of two world cup wins, five champions trophy wins in a row and two Olympic Games bronze medals.
Tasmanian Institute of Sport director Paul Austen said he was pleased to see seven Tasmanian athletes selected to represent their country.
“The Commonwealth Games play a vitally important part in the aims and objectives for Australian high performance sport and how we achieve and demonstrate sporting success.,” he said.
“Australia finds it very difficult to consistently access high level international competition in its own region and the cost of regularly competing at the highest level, particularly in Europe, creates significant barriers for sports to overcome as they strive to be the best in the world.
“The Commonwealth Games is a significant and critical part of our sporting landscape every four years and its value to the ongoing development of our athletes is immeasurable for all those sports participating in the Games.”
Premier and Minister for Sport and Recreation Will Hodgman congratulated the Tasmanians selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“This equals the number of athletes Tasmania produced for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi,” he said.
“Once again, for a state of around 500,000 people, we are proving to be a force in high-performance sport.”
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