Teen pole-vaulter Olivia McTaggart joins brother in NZ Commonwealth Games team

Upcoming teen pole-vaulter Olivia McTaggart has been selected in the track and field team to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

She is not the only McTaggart competing at the Games, with her brother already in the New Zealand weightlifting team to compete in the April Games.

"It was very proud brotherly-sister moment and he's been waiting for it. He was a bit sceptical because I hadn't got it for a while (call) it was actually this morning when I found out," said McTaggart.

"He always knew that I would be going and for us to both be going is really cool."

McTaggart said they were always destined to compete alongside each other on the world stage.

"We've been looking towards this moment ever since we were gymnasts, really little."

Olivia McTaggart beat Eliza McCartney's national U17 record by 11cm last year. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch FULL LIVE COVERAGE of the 21st Commonwealth Games free-to-air on TVNZ from April 4, 2018.

The 18-year-old said her parents were extremely proud of her and her brother’s selection in the team.

"They were over the moon and they were just screaming when they found out that we were both selected.

"It's a really exciting moment for them."

McTaggart broke Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney’s national under-17 record by 11 centimetres last year.

She will now have the chance to compete alongside McCartney at this year’s Games.

The 18-year-old will be heading to the Gold Coast Games with her brother Cameron. Source: 1 NEWS



'Every week we're getting stronger' – Dame Valerie Adams included in Comm Games team after birth of daughter

Four months after giving birth to daughter Kimoana, Dame Valerie Adams is ready to compete in April's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Dame Valerie Adams, 34, has been provisionally named in New Zealand's 15-strong squad for the games, hoping to win a fourth consecutive gold medal.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Dame Valerie detailed the road back to competition after childbirth.

"I've been back training now since baby was six weeks," she said.

"My ligaments and my joints are still coming back from being completely relaxed." 

"I'm working with my body, and every week we're getting stronger."

Watch FULL LIVE COVERAGE of the 21st Commonwealth Games free-to-air on TVNZ from April 4, 2018.

Dame Valerie will compete on the Gold Coast after giving birth last October. Source: 1 NEWS

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'It's a very small chance' – NZ Athletics refuse to rule Jacko Gill out of Comm Games inclusion

Kiwi shot putter Jacko Gill is a very small chance of competing in April's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, NZ Athletics' high performance director Scott Goodman says.

Gill, 23, was ruled out of competition for six months in December, suffering myocarditis , inflammation of the heart that hinders the ability to pump blood around the body.

However, he could be a surprise inclusion in New Zealand’s athletics contingent, Goodman told 1 NEWS today.

"His management and Jacko himself have asked us to nominate him," he said.

"He's got another scan in the first week of March. He's of the opinion that if he's given the all-clear, he would like the opportunity."

"It's a very small chance, but if he's not nominated and selected, then in his mind there's no chance."

Watch FULL LIVE COVERAGE of the 21st Commonwealth Games free-to-air on TVNZ from April 4, 2018.

High performance director Scott Goodman says that the shot putter could recover from his heart scare. Source: 1 NEWS