On Thursday, Commonwealth Games Gold medallists Sharelle McMahon and Kurt Fearnley have been appointed to leadership positions in the Australian Commonwealth Games team for the 2022 edition in Birmingham.
McMahon and Fearnley both have a passion for the Games and there leadership qualities is excellent for the Australian team says Team chef de mission Petria Thomas.
Australian is planning to send it’s one of the largest team which including 425 athletes across 19 sports and while also including the recently introduced T20 Women cricket.
Australia was represented by 473 athletes in the last edition of the Games in Gold Coast with the team topping the medal tally with 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze medals.
Dual Gold medalist, McMahon competed in four Games and was the youngest member of the netball team which won gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Four years later she helped the team defend that title in Manchester while also winning silver medals at the following Games in Melbourne and Delhi.
A former national team captain, McMahon was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2016. While Fearnley bowed out of International competition with an emotional win in the T54 marathon on the streets of the Gold Coast in 2018, an effort which saw him become the first Para-sport athlete to win Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s ‘The Don’ Award, as the athlete who had most inspired the nation.
“Our normal way of life is on hold in many ways; however we need to look forward,” Thomas said in a statement.
“We are fortunate to have time on our side for Birmingham, however many areas of our planning and preparation for 2022 will be impacted by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics,” she added.