Three more for Oz!

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TEAM JERSEY will compete on eight sporting fronts at the Commonwealth Games next year, following the addition of three more names to the Island’s Gold Coast 2018 squad.

Swimmers Harry Shalamon and Gemma Atherley and triathlete Ollie Turner have been selected to represent Jersey at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast

Swimmers Harry Shalamon and Gemma Atherley will make their senior Games debuts in April, while fellow teenager Ollie Turner has had his selection confirmed for the sprint triathlon.

The new inclusions bring the Caesarean squad up to a total of 32 athletes, although one space is still available through appeals.

Representatives from shooting, lawn bowls, athletics, badminton, cycling and gymnastics were unveiled in the Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey’s first wave of selections last month.

Discussing the chance to line up against some of those who featured at Super League Triathlon in Jersey in September – including Olympians Jonny Brownlee and Richard Murray – 19-year-old Turner said, with a chuckle: ‘It kind of scares me, because they’re just going to be hammering it.

'I had to sit down when I found out I was selected ... my legs went weak. It feels surreal, I’m so happy.'

Athletes not selected now have 14 days to officially challenge the CGAJ’s decision. Final verdicts will then be given by mid-January.

Jersey has been handed a maximum quota of 33 competitors by the Commonwealth Games Federation.

More in Thursday's JEP.

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