Four more medals for Maribyrnong at the Commonwealth Games

Published on 08 August 2022

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More cause for celebration – with four more medals heading to Maribyrnong from this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The two golds and two bronze were won by judoka’s from the Footscray based Resilience Training Centre.

On her games debut, 26 year old Tinka Easton literally snatched victory from her Canadian competitor claiming her gold in the dying second of the final of the 52kg women’s category.

Aofie Coughlan, the current number 1 under 70kg player in Australia, also picked up gold in her division.

She made history, along with Kingsville’s Katharina, as one of two Australian judokas to compete at two commonwealth games.

Häecker, claimed bronze in the 63kg. And, on the last day of Judo, Liam Park also finished with bronze, sharing the milestone with Daniel Kelly who has been his coach for his entire judo career. Kelly, who owns the Resilience Centre, has represented Australia in Judo at 4 Olympics and at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in wrestling.

Three of the Resilience members, Tinka, Aoife and Liam, also walked in the Games Opening Ceremony.

Their success follows that of 36 year old vision impaired Seddon based cyclist, Jessica Gallagher who claimed Australia’s first gold of these games, winning the tandem sprint match with her sighted pilot Caitlin Ward.

Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran said those watching from afar are ecstatic at the athletes success – with five of Australia’s 106 medal tally now coming home to Maribyrnong.

“The fact we have such talented athletes living in our City is no surprise to us. It is fantastic to be able to see them in action on the world stage – and to watch them walk up onto the podium to receive a medal is just phenomenal.

“It takes tremendous commitment to compete at this level and we are super proud of all the athletes from our municipality who have taken part. They are all winners in our eyes.”

The Resilience Training Centre, which opened in 2013, is a purpose-built gym in West Melbourne that offers beginner to elite level programs in Judo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, CrossFit and MMA.

Photo: (L to R) Aoife, Liam and Tinka. Credit Resilience Training Centre Facebook.

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