The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be Aaron Wilson’s first and the 26-year-old already feels a part of the family.
A reigning world champion in his own right, Wilson made his Australian debut just 13 months ago and has enjoyed a whirlwind ride from the junior ranks to the pinnacle of the sport.
The closeness of the group is something national coach Steve Glasson OAM has strived to instil, with Wilson crediting the culture for his steady path to the top.
“I’m very new in the team and I’m really lucky to be a part of it when it all comes down to it,” he said.
“They’re all good mates of mine now. They’ve become like a second family which is a big factor for me away from home.
“Overall we’ve worked so hard as a squad together. We have such a good culture within the Jackaroos squad so the good thing is everyone will be happy to see each other in there and obviously we’ll all put our best foot forward.”
Wilson joins Rebecca Van Asch as the only two debutants in the able-bodied squad and says he expects the whole of Australia to get behind the new faces and the extended squad come April.
“It probably hasn’t quite sunk in yet really,” he said.
“Everyone wants to be part of it. It’s a bit of a thrill. I guess I’m just honoured and privileged to part of such a strong team.
“Broadbeach is nearly a second home for everyone… You spend so much time on the greens and getting to know the members… I guess makes you feel a little bit more at home.
“Obviously there will be an atmosphere when we get out for the Commonwealth Games but it’s good to know everyone in Australia is behind you.”