Rebecca Van Asch receives Australian Sports Medal

by Rob McGuire on November 1, 2022

Five Tasmanian athletes who competed at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have been awarded the Australian Sports Medal.

Two-time Commonwealth Games lawn bowls gold medallist Rebecca Van Asch, cyclist Sam Fox, sprinter Jacob Despard, Para-triathlete Erica Burleigh and Para-triathlete guide Hayden Armstrong were presented with their medals by Tasmanian Governor, the Honourable Barbara Baker AC.

The Governor congratulated all team members for their perseverance during the games.

To be selected to represent your country in a sporting endeavour is evidence of your abilities, training and perseverance, I congratulate you all on your efforts.” Baker said.

Jacob Despard said representing Australia is something he has aspired to his whole life. “It’s been a lifelong goal to compete at the Commonwealth Games,” Despard said.

Hayden Armstrong had a unique view of competing at the Commonwealth Games performing the role of a guide for teammate Gerrard Gosens in the Men’s PTVI Triathlon event. “Being able to give back to the sport of triathlon and help another athlete fulfil their goal of competing at the Commonwealth Games was incredible,” Armstrong said.

Rebecca Van Asch described receiving the medal as a great way to finish her international lawn bowls career. “It’s an absolute honour to be receiving the Australian Sports Medal. Being an Australian representative is one of the greatest privileges and it is very humbling to be recognised in this way.” Van Asch said.

Source: Department of State Growth – Sport & Recreation “Actively in Touch” November 2022