With 14 months to go to GC2018, athletes from around the Commonwealth have begun converging on the Gold Coast and Queensland to train, acclimatise and prepare for the Games that will take place from 4-15 April 2018.
One athlete who has made the move to the Sunshine State and is determined to be on the start line at GC2018 is Australian 100m hurdler Elizabeth (Liz) Clay.
The 21-year-old relocated from Sydney to the Gold Coast seven months ago to train with respected track coach Sharon Hannan.
Liz said the decision to move north was a great opportunity to leave behind the stress fracture injuries that had plagued her in recent years and focus on working hard towards 2018.
Living on the Gold Coast helps with the motivation for the Commonwealth Games – they’re definitely on the radar.
In terms of training, Griffith University has a great setup with the track, gym and now a pool all in one location, which means less travelling than I had to do in Sydney.
The move and hard work has already paid dividends for Liz who won the women’s 100m hurdles event at the first major Australian track and field meet of 2017 in Newcastle (NSW) ahead of Rio 2016 Olympian Michelle Jenneke.
It was good to come out and race against these girls; I knew it was going to be tough, but I pulled it off.
The Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science graduate is also making strides off the track, advancing her education with further study at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus.
I finished my degree in exercise science and then took 2016 off to settle and this year I’m studying a Bachelor of Business.
Taking a year off study has helped me understand what it takes to get to the top and I am determined to keep climbing leading into 2018.
Later this month Liz will take to the track at the Queensland Athletics Championships in preparation for the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney from 26 March – 2 April.