Games selection worth the wait for star duo
21 Feb 2018
THE anxious wait for their names to be called in the Australian weightlifting team for the Gold Goast Commonwealth Games is over but the nerves are just starting to build for Stephanie Davies and Tegan Napper.
The SASI pair booked their tickets to the Games at the selection trials in December with Davies moving to the 75kg category after her gold medal, while Napper gained the nod in the 53kg division after also topping performances in the 48kg category.
Davies, 28, is counting down the days until her competition with a relaxed mindset.
''I'm pretty stoked to have made the team,'' Davies said.
''This is the first time that I have had a full training cycle. Last year I had about four competitions one after each other and no time for training in between.
''I made a plan with my coaches that I would use the 12 weeks from the trials just gone for training and preparation.
''I am working on my strength and positioning now that I have gone up a weight division. About 10 days before the trials I hurt my wrist but it will be fine.
''Athletes always take some sort of niggling injury into competition.
''As far as expectations at the Games I just worry about my preparation and not focus much on what the others are doing. I just train.''
The former state rugby player and sevens' star, said she was looking forward to competing on home soil.
''I have a heap of family and friends coming up to the Games,'' she said.
''An athletes' life is quite selfish. It's really nice to have people coming up and watching live - the nerves, the excitement and to share the moment. Televison doesn't capture any of that.''
For Napper, 31, her selection is a chance to build on her Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow in 2014 where she just missed a bronze medal by 2kg in the 48kg competition.
She was selected in the 53kg for this year's Games but also could have won the nod in the 48kg after recent dominant performances in that division.
Napper also said the excitement of performing in front of home supporters would be a thrill.
''I am so honored and excited to be representing Australia on our home soil,'' Napper said.
''To be able to have my friends and family come and watch and support me makes this whole experience that little bit more special.
''I have been putting everything I can into training to make sure I'm performing at my best in front of a home crowd.
''Training has been going well with a few personal best lifts in the past few weeks. ''Only five more weeks and hopefully I can keep improving bit by bit and have a great day come competition day.''
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