WEST sprinter Cameron Chalmers has become the first athlete to be given his ticket for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The Bath University Sports Performance student, supported by a Thompson Education Trust Scholarship, will represent his native Guernsey in the 400m at the Games, taking place from April 4-15 on the Gold Coast.
“It’s been a goal of mine ever since starting athletics to go to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for Guernsey and I’m so excited to be selected,” he said.
“I will try my best to make the final, although it’s a tough ask with most of the best 400m athletes in the world likely to be competing there.”
The call-up continues an excellent year for Chalmers, coached by James Hillier at the Sports Training Village, who anchored Great Britain to 4x400m relay gold at the European U23 Championships and was selected for the London 2017 IAAF World Championships.
He also smashed a 17-year-old national record as he won a fourth successive BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) 400m titles, two indoor, two outdoor for the University of Bath.
Chalmers is grateful for the University’s support, saying: “The Scholarship helped me last season towards paying for two warm-weather training in Tenerife before the indoor and outdoor seasons.
“I went on to win both the BUCS indoor and outdoor competitions in championship-record times, so they were the perfect preparation.”