They are masters on the sports field, and often have an inside knowldege on their sports top athletes, but how accurate are our WMG Ambassadors at predicting New Zealand's medal chances on some key sporting events at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games?

We asked them before the New Zealand team left for Glasgow.

 

Competition date

Sport

Ambassador

Prediction

24/7 & 26/7

Triathlon

Garth Barfoot

 

Hamish Carter

 

In September 2000 when I went to Sydney to watch Hamish Carter participate in the first ever Olympic Games triathlon. Not just participate but to stand on the dias, and not just to stand on the dias but to stand on the dias with the band playing God Defend New Zealand. But it was not to be. When he came past on the first lap of the run he was struggling,  by the time he came past me on the last lap I had written him off. Within the next 24 hours I would have been joined  by hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands of his followers. His autobiograhy candidly describes that feeling of almost nationwide disappointment.

 

Fast forward four years to the Athens Olympics. All dreams came true (Hamish Carter won gold) and all disappointments were forgotten. But I had not forgotten. I kept the local milliner in business supplying me with edible hats. And I resolved never to make another prediction.

 

Fast forward to the present. As an ambassador to the 2017 World Masters Games I was asked to make a prediction for Glasgow 2014. I demurred. Then that Justin Bieber song kept running through my head. If it was good enough for him to sing "Never Say Never" it is good enough for me to break my resolve to never make a prediction.

 

And my predicted medal winners are :

 

Triathlon Male : Ryan Sissons (the fact that he has adopted Auckland as his home city and laughs at my jokes is entirely coincidental)

 

Triathlon Female : Kate McIlroy (she lives in Wellington but the fact that she is the daughter of the GP of my sister in law makes up for that)

 

Info from Hamish re mixed team relay event:

Triathlon Mixed Relay consists of teams of four athletes: two men and two women, who will compete in the order of woman, man, woman, man. Each athlete completes a super-sprint triathlon of swimming, biking and running, before handing over to their next team mate. The first team across the finish line is the winner.

The Mixed Relay is a stadium event focused around the transition zone, with the athletes retuning on aver­age every five to eight minutes creating a special atmosphere and memorable moments for committed fans and television viewers alike. The short distances, and numerous transitions results in non-stop action from start to finish, with the possibility of upsets at any stage.

http://www.triathlon.org/triathlon_mixed_relay

 

24/7 to 2/8

Swimming

Anthony Mosse

The Kiwi Swimming Team for this year's Commonwealth Games has a mix of youth and experience. Our main medal hopes will be multiple para Olympic gold medalist Sophie Pascoe who will be limited to two events at this year's Games due to the events on offer, three times 2013 World Champs bronze medalist Lauren Boyle who will swim the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay, and 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games silver medalist Glenn Snyders who will swim the breastroke events.

 

Sophie is a class act and is looking to improve on her best times which should see her on the top of the medal dais twice. Lauren is a competitor and has all the experience in the world including prior Commonwealths, Olympics and World Champs and she should be chasing gold in the longer 400m and 800m events. Watch for a real mix of countries chasing medals in these events with world class swimmers including Jazmin Carlin (WAL), Brittany MacLean (CAN) and Jessica Ashwood (AUS) likely to challenge Lauren. Glenn will have his hands full as Commonwealth breastrokers lead the world with Christian Sprenger (AUS) and Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) ranked in the top three in the world over the two shorter distances. Glenn is capable of getting onto the dais which could require a sub-27 sec swim over the 50m distance (the event Glenn won silver in Delhi) and a sub-60 sec swim over the 100m distance to get a medal.

 

Other swimmers with individual events to look out for include middle distance freestyler Matt Stanley (200m, 400m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay), Corey Main (100m backstroke), and Nikita Howarth (para S8 100 freestyle). Matt should final in the 400m freestyle (he's currently ranked 7th in the Commonwealth) and be a solid contributor to the men's 4x200m freestyle relay. While Corey is currently ranked 8th in the Commonwealth in the 100m backstroke, 6 of those ahead of him are from Australia and with country limits of 3 swimmers per event and the fact that only 1 sec separates #1 in the Commonwealth from #8, if Corey has a good day he could surprise. Nikita was on the dais at least year's IPC World Championships and should make Te Awamutu proud again.

 

New Zealand brings three relay teams to Glasgow: the men's 4x200m freestyle, women's 4x100m freestyle and women's 4x200m freestyle. While its difficult to know any country's final relay combination before a Games begins, and the usual suspects (AUS, CAN, ENG and RSA) can be strong (don't forget Scotland who may surprise at home), New Zealand has three solid relays, any one of which could force its way onto the dais with a very strong performance.

 

Bottom line: Kiwis should be picking up gold, silver and bronze medals in the pool in Glasgow.

 

24/7 to 3/8

Netball

Jenny-May Coffin

Of course I will be backing the Silver Ferns to retain their Commonwealth Title, though there is one player to keep your eye on in the tournament.  Expect Malawi GS Mwai Kumwenda to be a standout during the tournament.  Having played in NZ this year for the Canterbury Tactix in the ANZ Championship, she is a much better player than when she landed here and I can’t wait to see her light up the netball court in Glasgow.

24/7 to 3/8

Squash

Susie Simcock

Joelle King to add to her Delhi 2010 Comm Games gold and silver  medals in the Doubles and Mixed Doubles.  Predicting medals for Joelle in the Singles and with Martin Knight in the Mixed Doubles.  Dark horse prediction – medals for our Mens and Womens Doubles as well.

26/7 & 27/7

Rugby 7s

Bryan Williams

NZ team has a great chance of bringing home gold.  They’ve won the recent World 7s series.  However favourites can sometimes be beaten.  They have a very well balanced squad who are very fit and talented.