Jonathan Goerlach to Represent Team NSWIS in Birmingham

Posted on May 11, 2022 by

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Para triathlete and Athlete Advisory Group member, Jonathan Goerlach, has been named in the four-person team for Para triathlon vision impaired (PTVI) at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Jonathan will line up beside Sam Harding, Gerrard Gosens OAM and Erica Burleigh – all four will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts.

It will be the first time the PTVI event takes place at a Commonwealth Games, after the Para triathlon wheelchair (PTWC) category made its debut at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Jonathan is a trailblazer for vision-impaired triathletes, competing in his first Para triathlon in 2012 and going on to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games last year, finishing eighth.

“The Commonwealth Games presents a unique opportunity,” Jonathan said.

“There are so many athletes from around the world, with everyone treated equally. I really like the integrated environment with all para and able-bodied medals going on the medal tally.”

Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM was thrilled to welcome the first of Triathlon Team members selected for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and know they are ready to be bold, brave and brilliant in Birmingham.

“Congratulations to our first triathletes selected to represent Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Thomas said.

“The Birmingham Games witnesses the introduction of the vision impaired triathlon classification to the Commonwealth Games, so it is exciting to welcome Gerrard, Sam, Jonathan and Erica, plus their guides Hayden, Luke, David and Felicity to the Australian Team for their Commonwealth Games debuts.

“This is a special day for all the Team members, their coaches, their families and supporters, and I know they will be giving it their all and representing Australia proudly in Birmingham.”

Triathlon Australia’s Para-triathlon Team Lead Kyle Burns believes these athletes would be ones to watch in Birmingham.

“We have a really good mix of people, experience and personalities,” Burns said.

“The fact they get to compete in a fully integrated environment makes the race unique to the Commonwealth Games, and they will all relish the chance to be part of the wider team.

“We congratulate the athletes, and their respective coaches on the selection whilst also acknowledging the wider support team behind every athlete.”
Article courtesy of Commonwealth Games Australia.

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