Sharyn?s sights on place at games

FORMER Rockhampton athletics star Sharyn Angel has a new name, new coach and new set of goals as she powers towards 2006 Commonwealth Games selection.

Angel (nee Tennent) has set her sights on competing at the Commonwealth Games, held in Melbourne from March 15-26, when she arrives at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) in Canberra this week.

The 25-year-old hammer thrower and her new mentor, former Australian champion Bob Wagner, will enter a seven-day training program today, alongside leading Australian men's throwing medal hope Stuart Rendell.

Angel's bid for Commonwealth Games selection skyrocketed last week following the sudden retirement of New South Wales rival Bronwyn Eagles.

With three spots now up for grabs, Angel faces a shoot-out with the nation's top contenders at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Sydney from February 2.

"Bronwyn's retirement was a bit of a shock but has opened up the field and was great for my Commonwealth Games chances,'' said Angel, who mar-ied her long-time partner Luke last September.

In the lead-up to national selection trials, Angel will contest next week's Queensland Track and Field Championships in her new home-town, Brisbane.

She will arrive in winning form after consecutive wins over Kiwi star Debbie McCaw in Hamilton and Auckland on the New Zealand Grand Prix athletics circuit last month.

"I've had massive technical changes in the last year and it's a matter of all coming together on the day,'' Angel said.

"I feel really confident and excited by it all and looking forward to the pressure of the competition.

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