With just over 100 days to go until the Commonwealth Games arrive on the Gold Coast, four-time international bowler of the year Aron Sherriff is excited about the “hectic” road ahead.
Sherriff, 32, is in the process of re-locating to the Gold Coast with his family after signing with Club Helensvale earlier this month.
With the move along with his debut for Helensvale in early January and multiple Australian camps in preparation for the Games between now and April, it looms as a testing but potentially rewarding period for Sherriff.
“It’s going to be a full on process but it’s something I’m looking forward to, as would the 16 other athletes and coaching staff,” he said.
“We go through such a tough selection process with such a strong squad.
“Anytime you get selected to play for Australia it’s an exciting moment.”
The equal-fourth most capped Australian male also spoke about the difficulties in the selection process, something he says is not as straight forward as some may think.
“All the selection process for major events are a two-year process. It’s not like we get together once, have a trial and get selected,” he said.
“We have three or four camps plus other tournaments where we play together as teammates.
“The trials we compete against each other which is tough when you’re competing against your mate who you’re vying with for similar positions.”
A bronze medalist in Glasgow, Sherriff is will compete in his third Games on the Gold Coast and says the disappointment of Delhi coupled with progress in Scotland last time round has made him that “little bit hungrier to fight for gold.”
“Hopefully that first gold medal is in front of my family, friends and home Australian crowd,” he said.