Welsh on Coast and fired up for Commonwealth Games
ATHLETICS: Commonwealth silver medallist Sally Peake is hoping to draw on her wealth of experience in the pole vault scene to bolster her campaign for podium success at the Gold Coast in April.
The Welsh athlete arrived on the Sunshine Coast alongside fellow Team Wales team-mates on Wednesday.
They were officially welcomed at USC Stadium and also given a guided tour of the facilities they'll be using to prepare for the upcoming Games at the Gold Coast.
Peake, who won silver at the Glasgow Games in 2014, is in fine form of late with plenty of success in both outdoor and indoor national competitions.
She even broke her own record to win the 2018 Welsh Indoor Championships title in late January after clearing 4.27m in the women's pole vault.
The 32-year-old, who also competed at the 2010 Games in Delhi, was hopeful she could "be in the mix” at the pointy end of competition in April.
"I'm very experienced I guess,” she said.
"That's the thing I've got going for me and I've kind of been there and done it before which is good.
"You can draw on those experiences when you need to.”
However, she admitted it wouldn't be easy, with plenty of elite talent sure to set the bar high for medal success.
"My competition in this one is insanely good with some really strong Australian and NZ girls and English as well,” she said.
"I'm just hoping to perform really well on the day and hopefully try and be in the mix, but the competition is strong.”
Having been restricted to indoor competitions of late, Peake was also looking forward to putting her skills to the test in the open during her time on the Coast.
"Obviously I haven't done that (jump in the open) since last outdoor season so we're hoping to compete on the Sunshine Coast in a couple of competitions beforehand so I'm looking forward to just tuning up (performance) with those.”
Peake was also looking forward to immersing herself in a "completely different” Commonwealth Games experience.
"It was a long, cold prep camp to get ready and I'm just really excited about how different it's going to be,” she said.