Gold medal win
Thursday, 25th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Broken Hill’s Sarah Sliwka took out the powerlifting gold medal at the Invictus Games yesterday.
Sliwka won gold in the Women’s Lightweight IP1 yesterday morning, defeating Frenchwoman Francesca Rocca and the UK’s Abbie Kasparis.
She became the second local to win gold at the games after Marcus Wilson was successful in the Elliott 7 team sailing event on Sunday.
Sliwka said that she didn’t have the most ideal preparation leading into the event.
“(I was) pretty nervous, I haven’t really been feeling all that crash hot this week, just being very tired,” she told the ABC.
“So, I was a bit worried about how I was going to go but I managed to come away with a win so you can’t get much better than that.
“I found it really hard to get to sleep (the night before) but that’s normal anyway.”
Sliwka has represented Australia at previous Invictus Games and said that being on home soil does have its advantages.
“I really rated the Toronto games. I absolutely loved last year,” Sliwka said.
“There was a lot of hype around it, the country really got behind it and this year has been really good too.
“Having people in the stands that you know is a really nice feeling, I didn’t really have that last year... It’s been really good getting the home crowd here and getting lots of big, loud cheers.”
Sliwka also competed in the women’s 50m swimming final later in the day, finishing fourth. Australian Taryn Barbara won gold in the event ahead of American Kira Lavine while Aussie Ruth Hunt finished third.
The Invictus Games involves active and former servicemen and women and was founded to help the rehabilitation of wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women around the world. Five hundred competitors from 18 nations are taking part in 11 medal events in Sydney.
Sliwka previously served in the Australian Army as a linesman in the Royal Australian Signals Core, maintaining and establishing telecommunications in the field.
She won two silver medals at last year’s games in Toronto, one each in powerlifting and swimming.