Hunter medal contenders head to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games


SIX past and present Greater Building Society Olympic Sports Scholarship holders in the Hunter will join the 417-strong Australian contingent at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Australian team will compete across the Games' 17 sports, from gymnastics to judo to rugby sevens.

The Hunter scholarship group will compete across six of these sports.

Fifteen-year-old swimmer Maddison Elliott will be looking to improve on her performance in the London 2012 Paralympics, where she took gold in the women's 400-metre freestyle.

Two-time Olympic discus thrower Benn Harradine will defend his Commonwealth title, having won gold in Delhi in 2010.

World Cup-winning Kookaburra Simon Orchard hopes to extend his strong goal-scoring performance in hockey during the London 2012 Olympics.

For gymnast Jack Rickards, it will be his first Commonwealth appearance.

His best international performance was at the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships, where he placed third in the junior male pommel horse.

Triathlete Aaron Royle was the first Australian to qualify for Glasgow after finishing seventh in the world title race last year.

Australia's best heptathlete Sophie Stanwell secured her ticket to the Games despite injury.

All six athletes find themselves in Glasgow today, Wednesday, July 23, for the Games' opening ceremony.

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