Eliza Ault-Connell does the Southern Highlands proud at Commonwealth Games

DETERMINED: Madison de Rozario, Eliza Ault-Connell and Angela Ballard of Australia in action during the Women's T54 1500m Final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins
DETERMINED: Madison de Rozario, Eliza Ault-Connell and Angela Ballard of Australia in action during the Women's T54 1500m Final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Eliza Ault-Connell did Australia and the Highlands proud last night when she placed fifth in the Women’s T54 1500m Final at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

The wheelchair racer and former Chevalier College student donned the green and gold on the Gold Coast and finished in a time of 3:38.88, 16 years after her first Commonwealth Games as a 20-year-old.

In front of a packed Carrara Stadium, the atmosphere was electric and the audience gave a standing ovation as the women circled the track after the race. 

Australian teammate Madison de Rozario won the gold medal, surging on the final straight to a time of three minutes 34.06 seconds. Compatriot Angie Ballard and previous Commonwealth Games champion claimed silver in 3:36.85 while bronze went to Canada's Diane Roy in 3:36.97.

Unlike the Olympic Games which holds a separate Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games combines events for all athletes during the games period. 

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