Mahoney ready to step up to the big stage

Travis Mahoney is one of four South Australians who will represent Australia in swimming at the Commonwelalth Games on the Gold Coast but he says he isn't there just to make up the numbers

Travis Mahoney

SASI athlete Travis Mahoney says there is plenty in the tank to improve on his solid results at the recent Commonwealth Games selection trials on the Gold Coast.

Thrilled that his name was called in the Australian team Mahoney says he can build on a solid 200m IM and not-so-impressive 400 IM if he gets the chance to compete in that event.

Finishing third in both events at the trials Mahoney, 27, said he was looking forward to being a part of the team for his second Commonwealth Games and rising to the occasion.

''I was happy with the way I raced my 200m IM in the trials which was very close to my pb but I was disappointed in my 400 IM,'' Mahoney said.

''My 400 was a bit slower than I would have hoped but I can definitely improve if I am given the chance to compete in that event.

''Swimming in front of my family and a huge home crowd all cheering for you will be great.''

While there was some discussion among the athletes and commentators about the lack of depth in the Games' pool and that it was an outdoor pool, Mahoney said he had no problems with the set up.

''It was the same for everyone. I thought it was perfectly fine,'' Mahoney said.

''I enjoy swimming outdoors. Now it's back to training and the hard work and being ready to race. Hopefully I can swim well when it counts.''

Kyle Cahlmers, James McKechnie and Jesse Aungles are the other South Australian swimmers on the team, while Peter Bishop will be one of the coaches and Angie Mondello will be the para team manager.

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