Hunter athletes return from Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with swag of medals

GOLD RUSH: Simon Orchard battles for the ball with during the men's semi-final match between Australia and England. The Kookaburras won this game and went on to win gold against India. Picture: Getty Images

GOLD RUSH: Simon Orchard battles for the ball with during the men's semi-final match between Australia and England. The Kookaburras won this game and went on to win gold against India. Picture: Getty Images

THREE Hunter Academy of Sport products and Greater Building Society Olympic Sports Scholarship holders have walked away from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with medals.

Muswellbrook-born hockey player Simon Orchard helped the Kookaburras win 4-0 in the men's gold medal match against India.

Fifteen-year-old Gillieston Heights Paralympic swimmer Maddison Elliott set a world record in the women's 100-metre freestyle S8 final, finishing in 1:05:32 and earning a gold medal early in the Games.

On the track, Newcastle-born triathlete Aaron Royle bagged bronze in the mixed team relay final.

Georgetown heptathlete Sophie Stanwell recorded personal bests in shot put, javelin and 800m sprint events during her Commonwealth Games debut.

Defending discus champion and Eleebana man Benn Harradine fell one place short of the podium in the men's discus final.

Cardiff gymnast Jack Rickards also fell one short of bronze. Five other non-scholarship holders from the Hunter put on powerhouse performances at the Games.

Swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes, a New Lambton Heights product, won gold in the men's 200m freestyle and men's freestyle relay - a games record - and silver in the men's 400m individual medley.

Hamilton's renowned wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley stole silver in the men's 1500m T54 final, while fellow Paralympian Christie Dawes, of Merewether, finished fourth in the women's equivalent.

Belmont-born gymnast Mary-Anne Monckton won silver medals in the women's team final and women's beam final.

Rankin Park mountain biker Cameron Ivory placed eighth in the men's cross country final.

Nulkaba shooter Daniel Repacholi also won gold in the 10m air pistol event and bronze in the 50m pistol men's finals.

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