Gold Coast press Release days 5,6 and 7

by Tyronne | Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018
XXI Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018

Day 5 for Team Gibraltar on the sporting front concluded at lunchtime. First up bright and breezy were Pistol pair of Jonathan Patron (4 games) and Daniel Payas (Debut) in the 10m Air Pistol. Jonathan despite an eye injury finished in 17thplace on 542×3 while Daniel shot consistently to record 554×8 and in 14th.

Speaking after the event Daniel said “ I’m very pleased with my performance and finishing 14thin my first Games. Although nerves got the better of me at time I managed to stay consistent. I’m looking forward to my next event.”

Gibraltar’s two youngest members Mairead Sheriff and Kristina Hewitt were next up on the indoor range at the Belmont Shooting Complex (Brisbane) in the Air Rifle event. In their first Games they both shot 397 with Mairead finishing on 397.9 in 17thspot and Kristina on 397.8 in 18thslot. Valuable experience for the pair which will help as their shooting careers progress.

Gibraltar Commonwealth Games Association Secretary General, Joe Schembri, presented the medals for the ladies air rifle event after a tense final which ended in a dead heat between the Indian and Singapore shooters and required a shoot off that was won by the 18 year old shooter from Singapore.

Sandwiched between the shooting across at the Optus pool Jim Sanderson recorded another National record in the 50m Freestyle race when he powered home in 24:72, the first local swimmer to go under 25seconds. Speaking after the race about the past couple of days Jim said “ last night was the most experience hearing your country being called out and having 10,000 people cheering for you. It was great having some of Team Gibraltar there to witness it.

For me personally it was the best experience and moment I have had in my life so far and hard to beat.” He added “It was nice to break the national in such an incredible atmosphere.”

Gibraltar Commonwealth Games Association President, Harry Murphy, will be presenting the medals for the para breaststroke swimming event at the pool this evening after the culmination of the swimming finals.

Tuesday sees one of Team Gibraltar’s busiest with 4 sports on offer. An early start at the shooting range with Wayne Piri in action in Men’s 50m Prone at 9 o’clock. At 10 the cyclists go in the Time Trial along Currumbin Beach Front, at 11:40 there’s the last action in the pool as the male quartet swim the 4x100m relay and just after one Jerai Torres takes on the 200m heats.


Day 6 at XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast saw four sports representing Team Gibraltar take place.

It was an early start up at the Belmont Shooting Range near Brisbane with Wayne Piri taking to the firing point in the 50m Prone event. Wayne shooting in his fourth games shot below his best recording a score of 593.7.

Next up for Team Gibraltar was Cycling with 2 out of the team of 3 competing.  Joey Sheriff was forced to withdraw due to the after effects of illness.   We are hopeful he will be given a clean bill of health before the road race later in the week.

Derek Barbara competing in his first ever Games went in the first wave just after 10 o’clock and clocked a very impressive time of 55:16:02 on an un-forgiving course, which would eventually see him finish in 31stplace (out of 53 starters).


Julian Bellido riding in his third games went in the second wave of riders. Despite a fall on the return leg he managed to complete the course finishing in 1 hour :01:46:77 in 47thplace.

Meanwhile over at the Optus pool the last day of swimming action saw our quartet of male swimmers join forces for the 4x100m medley relay. They swam in heat 1 finishing in a time of 4:08:07 and are 1st reserve for the final this evening.

Finally, Athletics and sprinter Jerai Torres ran his second and final race of the games clocking 22:23 for the 200m. Afterwards Jerai said “I’m happy with my performance at the games, I’m where I need to be at this stage of the season.”


Day 7 at the XXI Commonwealth Games on The Gold Coast saw Team Gibraltar in action on just two fronts today, Shooting and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
It was Pistol Shooting up first with Jonathan Patron and Daniel Payas on the firing line at nine at the Belmont Range in Brisbane to participate in the 50m Free Pistol event.
The pair had mixed fortunes in their first event (10m Air) and were looking to build on their previous performances.  Daniel shooting in his 1st Games ended up in 15th place with a score of 510 (4x), afterwards he said “ I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will take a lot away from the Games, it’s certainly better to shoot than be team manager”.
Jonathan had to shoot with a modified stance after injury in his first event and shot 517 (5x) finishing 13th, the second highest placed European in the competition.
Emma Bosio was competing at the Coomera Indoor centre mid morning. The youngster also had to contend with an ankle injury picked up whilst training in Australia.  She had an X-ray and MRI and received excellent medical attention and was ultimately given sign off to compete.
She was absolutely determined to compete and put in four solid performances in her routines, Ball, Hoop, Clubs and Ribbon despite carrying an injury.