'I'm a lot more prepared' – Eliza McCartney focused on Commonwealth Games glory

Kiwi pole vault sensation Eliza McCartney says she's preparing well for next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, having missed Glasgow 2014 with injury.

McCartney, 20, is looking to add to her Olympic bronze medal won in Rio last year, getting ready for her first taste of Commonwealth Games action, after watching her rivals compete without her two years ago.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, McCartney says that she can't wait for a crack at bringing home another medal for her country.

"Going to Rio last year means that I'm a lot more prepared for what to expect for this type of event," McCartney said.

"I was so gutted about (missing Glasgow), I was so determined I was gonna go.

"Four years later, I'm back again and will be heading off to - essentially - is like a home game for us."

The 2018 Commonwealth Games begin in April on the Gold Coast.

The Kiwi pole vaulter missed Glasgow 2014 with injury, but is beaming ahead of Gold Coast 2018. Source: 1 NEWS


Laurel Hubbard to become first Kiwi transgender athlete in Commonwealth Games history

The New Zealand Olympic Committee have named a 12-strong contingent for next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, with Laurel Hubbard to become the first transgender athlete to compete for New Zealand at the games.

Hubbard, 39, will be the sole lifter in the over 90kg category, representing New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

The duo of Alethea Boon and Andrea Miller will also compete on the Gold Coast, having both represented New Zealand in other sports, Boon in gymnastics at the 1998 and 2002 games, Miller winning bronze in the hurdles in 2010.

In the men's team, Glasgow gold medal winner Richie Patterson headlines a strong contingent, where he'll become the first New Zealander to compete at four separate Commonwealth Games'.

Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand high performance manager Simon Kent says that the team have worked hard, backing the 12-strong outfit for glory on the Gold Coast.

"There's been a lot of hard work to get to this point and now these athletes can really work towards the games," he said.

"We're going to Gold Coast 2018 to compete at the top level and we want to bring back more medals than we did in Glasgow.

The New Zealand side will be hoping to add to it's impressive haul of 39 medals won in weightlifting in Commonwealth Games history.

Women: Phillipa Patterson -53kg, Alethea Boon -58kg, Andrea Miller -69kg, Bailey Rogers -75kg, Tracey Lambrechs -90kg, Laurel Hubbard +90kg.

Men: Ianne Ernesto Guinares -62kg, Vester Villalon -69kg, Cameron McTaggart -77kg, Richard Patterson -85kg, Stanislav Chalaev -105kg, David Liti +105kg.

The Samoa Weightlifting Federation are going to the International Weightlifting Federation after their athlete came second to New Zealander Laurel Hubbard.
Source: 1 NEWS



NZ Paralympic silver medallist Holly Robinson headlines para-athletes sqaud for 2018 Commonwealth Games

Para-lawn bowls veterans David Stallard and Sue Curran will be competing in the B2/3 mixed pair event. Source: 1 NEWS