9 Nov 2017

First athletes named for Gold Coast Games

12:26 pm on 9 November 2017

The first athletes for New Zealand's Commonwealth Games team to the Gold Coast have been named.

Five triathletes headed by seasoned campaigner Andrea Hewitt have been selected.

The 35 year old won bronze at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and narrowly missed out on a medal in Glasgow, finishing fourth.

Andrea Hewitt.

Andrea Hewitt competing at the Rio Olympics. Photo: Photosport

Ryan Sissons is the other games veteran named to the team, having competed at London 2012, Glasgow 2014 and Rio 2016.

Sissons comes off a strong season in which he won the Madrid world cup event and was third in Hamburg.

The pair will be joined by games debutants Rebecca Spence, Nicole van der Kaay, and Tayler Reid.

After seven years in retirement Spence burst back onto the triathlon scene in 2015 and since then has produced strong results on the WTS.

In 2017 she placed 4th in both the Karlovy and Tongyeong World Cup events and 11th at the WTS Abu Dhabi earlier in the year.

Spence is a former Junior World Champion in cycling time trial.

All of the athletes will contest the individual events and four of them will contest the mixed team relay.

Both the individual women's and men's events will be a 'sprint triathlon' consisting of a 750m open water swim, 20km cycle and 5km run completed in immediate succession.