Two Commonwealth Games medals from Taranaki

Two Commonwealth Games medals from Taranaki

New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom has hailed Taranaki’s awesome Commonwealth Games athletes for bringing home two medals from the Gold Coast. 

Michaela Blyde, from New Plymouth, won gold in the Sevens for New Zealand while former Spotswood College student Aidan Zittersteijn won the Cook Islands' first ever Commonwealth Games medal with a bronze in the men's pairs bowling.

“It’s fantastic to see all the hard work and training pay off for Michaela and Aidan with two much-deserved medals,” said Mr Holdom. “We are all very proud of their achievements in Australia.”

Mr Holdom also thanked Jacob Rapira, of New Plymouth, for his work as a boxing coach and Makahu’s Kelly Jury’s efforts with the Silver Ferns netball team.

Michaela and the Sevens team took the Gold on Sunday night when they beat old rivals Australia 17-12.

Aidan, 18, and his bowls partner Taiki Paniani won the bronze on Monday, 9 April when they beat Malta 17-11 in the bronze medal match.

New Zealand was able to secure fifth spot on the medals table with 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals.