Meet the first family of the Commonwealth Games

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MELBOURNE - The Commonwealth Games now have a first family — in Australia. Alana Boyd won a gold medal in pole vault at the Delhi Games, emulating the medal-winning performance of her parents over two decades back.

Alana Boyd, 26, is the only child of two Games champions to win her own gold medal at the track and field competition at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, The Australian reported.

The pole vaulter repeated the feat of her mother Denise Robertson who won the 200m at the 1978 Edmonton Games, and her father Ray who won the pole vault at the 1982 Brisbane Games.

The proud parents watched Alana receive the gold medal.

Alana admitted that she had felt the pressure of public expectation as she was the child of famous parents, but not any more.

She said her parents had always been supportive.

“They are fantastic parents, they couldn’t have done more. They are great,” she was quoted as saying.

She denied that her gold medal-winning genes gave her an unfair advantage and added: “I am sure there are a lot of others out there who have good genes, and it’s not just genes, it’s hard work as well.”

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