'It's been a bit of a whirlwind!' - Black Sticks women's star still coming to terms with historic gold medal

Black Sticks defender Sam Charlton says her side's Commonwealth Games success will be a pivotal moment for the side, having claimed their first ever gold medal on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand's 4-1 victory over arch-rivals Australia sealed the historic gold medal for New Zealand, with Charlton telling TVNZ1's Breakfast that the Black Sticks are still living with the euphoria of their triumph.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind!" she said.

"It was huge for us, obviously it's something that we've never achieved before.

"It's something we set out to do and we knew that it was going to be a really hard task. But to actually achieve that and come back and do that on behalf of our team and everyone back here, it was really special for us."

Charlton also added that the gold medal can be a stepping stone for future success, with a packed schedule on the cards for the Black Sticks.

"We have our World Cup in July, which is a huge pinnacle event for us."

"At the Commonwealth Games we achieved some really important milestones - we won our first shootout, which is a really big thing for us, and to win a final as well.

"Just proving to ourselves that we can do it against some of the best teams in the world is something that'll give us a huge amount of confidence going forward."

Defender Sam Charlton opened up on her side's victorious Commonwealth Games campaign. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games


'It enhanced my racing' – Sophie Pascoe says she thrived on Comm Games leadership role

Kiwi para swimmer Sophie Pascoe was inspired by her role as New Zealand flag bearer for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on the Gold Coast, saying she enjoyed the responsibility.

Pascoe, 25, carried the New Zealand flag into the Gold Coast opening ceremony, before taking home two gold medals from this year's Commonwealth Games.

Appearing on TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning, Pascoe opened up about the added responsibility placed on her shoulders before the games.

"It definitely enhanced my racing," she said.

"I had the pressure on to be team captain, and back up my performances from Glasgow.

"I definitely used that pressure to enhance my racing, and use that for the rest of the team to have a good games."

The para swimmer claimed two gold medals after being NZ's opening ceremony flag bearer. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games



Watch: Rob Waddell chuffed with Gold Coast success but won't reveal top moment

New Zealand's Commonwealth Games chef de mission kept his cards close to his chest upon his arrival home from the Gold Coast last night, refusing to say which of his side's medal victories was his favourite.

New Zealand claimed 46 medals on the Gold Coast, the most for an overseas games including 15 golds.

Speaking to 1 NEWS last night, the former Olympic rowing champion was nothing but diplomatic in response.

"I'm not allowed to have any favourites - but there were some real highlights," he joked.

"I loved how the teams had a great games. If you look across basketball, hockey men and women, the sevens to top it off, even Joelle (King (squash)) right at the end too - they're amazing things to witness.

"Although it's the Commonwealth Games, you have to beat some of the best people in the world to win. World records were getting broken, games records were getting broken so the standard gets higher all the time."

NZ's chef de mission was over the moon with his team's Commonwealth Games campaign. Source: 1 NEWS