Bankstown Sports was honoured to welcome Olympic gold medallist Chloe Esposito, her younger sister Emily, who is also a Commonwealth Games representative, and Rio Games marathon runner Milly Clarke, who all visited the club as guests of the Australian Commonwealth Games (NSW Division) AGM this month.
President’s and CEO’s from all 18 sports involved in the Commonwealth Games met with the Association President Alex Fulcher, who is also one of the directors here at the club, and Bankstown Sports Club Chairman, John Murray. The group enjoyed dinner at Platform One, with Executive Chef Helmut Gundendorfer putting on a delicious meal in our classic train dining cars.
Chloe, who became the first Australian to win a medal in the modern Pentathlon over in Brazil, spoke to the group about her journey to the Olympics and the sacrifices her family has had to make to get her to where she is today.
Milly Clarke, who finished 18th in the marathon in Rio, very candidly explained how she began her running career as a sprinter and hated long-distance events when she was a girl. She then decided to enter a marathon in Amsterdam last year and came third, moving her into the history books as the 8th fastest Australian female marathon runner of all time.
Chloe and Milly were all part of the Bankstown Sports Athletics Club while they were growing up, and began their running careers in the local area.