Jesse Aungles – Swimming
Proud father – Alan Aungles
Jesse Aungles is an SM8 para sport swimmer competing in the 200m individual medley.
His first swimming competition was at the age of nine. He has been a swimmer at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra since finishing school at 18. At the 2014 Pan Pacific Games in California he won 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1Bronze medal. At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games he won a silver medal in the 200m individual medley for S8 Swimmers. He competed at the Rio Games in 2016 and was inducted into the SA Swimming Hall of Fame in 2017. He is competing in the 200m individual medley for S8 Swimmers at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games aged 22 is hoping to be the fastest qualifier. He is motivated by Matt Cowdry’s achievements as a para swimmer
SM8 swimmers have a disability in two limbs. Jesse’s right leg was malformed at birth, with one femur 10% shorter than the other and finished at the knee and his left leg was missing the fibula bone and ankle, his hip was reconstructed at age one.
Tiffany Cromwell – Road Cycling
Proud Father – Mike Cromwell
Tiffany started her career in the SASI Talent ID program in 2002. She first represented Australia at Junior Worlds in 2005&2006 thanks largely to fundraising activities supported by many Fatboys.
She has been racing in USA & Europe since 2007, living in California, Colorado, Italy, Spain & for the last 8 yrs in Monaco. She’s ridden 7 World Championships (8th in 2013 & 5th in 2014) & came 4th at the Glasgow Comm Games.
The 2018 Comm Games Road Cycling team is a very strong, we expect Tiffany to be the Road Captain, Katrin Garfoot to be their main protected rider with perhaps Chloe Hosking being their 2nd choice. With Gracie Elvin, Shannon Malseed & Sarah Roy as the domestiques they should be the strongest team out there.
Jess Trengove – Marathon
Proud Father – Colin Trengove
It’s all about the journey for Jessica Trengove
13 Oct 2017 by Fiona Self
When she travelled from Adelaide to watch the marathon at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Jessica Trengove thought the athletes taking on the 42.195km distance were out of their minds.
Eleven years later, she’s changed her tune and with a Commonwealth Games bronze medal, two Olympics and an automatic nomination for GC2018 under her belt, Trengove is a champion in her own right.
Her ninth place finish at the IAAF World Championships in London, was the best ever performance by an Australian female marathoner at a world championship.
“I sort of just ended up running, I always had this Olympic dream and Commonwealth Games dream,” Trengove told GC2018.com.
“As a family, we were fortunate enough to travel to the 2006 Commonwealth Games and we watched the marathon but I thought they were crazy.
“I never thought that would be me. I was in awe.”
Trengove admits that once she starts talking about running, it’s hard to stop. And she believes her love for the act of running itself is what gives her the mental strength to handle the challenges of the elite endurance sport.
“I just love the opportunity it brings to get others excited about exercise,” she said.
“When I’m out there running I have this greater sense of doing it for other people and your country and it kind of almost takes the pressure off yourself.
“If you go out there and you literally just have this box that you want to tick for yourself, when the going gets tough, you wouldn’t be as strong mentally because you’re the only one who’s affected.”
It’s a lesson she learned during her first major international competition, and just her second race at the distance, at the London 2012 Olympics.
“It really hit home that you’ve got to enjoy the journey,” she said.
“I saw some people that didn’t achieve nearly what they hoped and they were just absolutely shattered.
“To see how heartbroken they were and to hear the stories that they’d missed their sibling’s wedding or whatever, I just thought wow, this is two weeks of competition and they’ve obviously sacrificed a lot, it wasn’t justified.”
Sharing that journey is something Trengove is extremely passionate about, with her roots firmly planted in Naracoorte, a small town in South Australia, she’s constantly reminded of the deeper purpose to her ambitions.
Before she left for the Rio 2016 Olympics, her primary school sent her a video of the entire school singing a song, cheering her on. They’d changed the lyrics to Sheppard’s song, Geronimo, to ‘Go Jess Trengove’.
“That is why I run,” she said.
“It made me cry the first time I watched it, but things like that, they definitely make it all worthwhile.”
As she approaches a heavy training load in the lead up to GC2018, it’s the same community that she keeps in the back of her mind.
“Those people are all able to watch next year, there are so many people travelling to the Gold Coast for the Games and that’s so exciting in itself,” she said.
“All these people that have sent messages and videos when I’ve raced overseas now have the opportunity to see the marathon in the flesh.”