Tessa's battle with Lyme disease left behind for Glasgow
SUNSHINE Coast swimmer Tessa Wallace will cap a stirring come back when she competes in the 200m breaststroke in Glasgow tonight.
The 20-year-old, who claimed silver in Delhi four years ago, has battled injury and illness in recent seasons, including Lyme disease.
She missed seven months last year but rapidly improved her times this year and was granted a berth in the team after finishing third at the national championships.
Wallace is one of a dozen athletes with links to the Sunshine Coast who are competing in Glasgow.
Among the others, Melanie Schlanger and Brittany Elmslie won gold medals in the 4x100m freestyle relay yesterday morning.
Schlanger was scheduled to compete in the 50m freestyle overnight, with the final tomorrow morning.
Elmslie just missed out on a berth in the 200m freestyle final when she finished third in her heat on Thursday night. She will compete in the 50m butterfly tonight.
Caboolture's Lakeisha Patterson will compete in the 100m freestyle para-sport event (S8) tonight.
Meanwhile, Wamuran's Jodie Kenny scored the opening goal for the Hockeyroos in their tournament opener on Thursday night.
Her trademark sizzling drag flick helped propel the side to a convincing 4-0 win over Malaysia.
The Hockeyroos were due to face Wales overnight.
Coolum Beach product Kelsey Cottrell won her opening lawn bowls singles match against Isle of Man's Bernice McGreal 21-10.
But the 2010 bronze medallist then suffered a shock loss to Zambia's Matimba Like.
She was set to continue her campaign overnight and should be in action tonight.