Above: Scott Goodman with Dame Valerie Adams at the 2018 New Zealand Championships. Photo by Michael Bradley / Getty Images.
Scott Goodman, Athletics New Zealand High Performance Director and Team Leader at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is pleased with the overall result of the athletics team. Murray McKinnon caught up with Goodman at the conclusion of the Games.
“We were targeting six medals and we didn’t reduce that even after Nick, Zane and Jacko were not available and withdrew, said Goodman.
“We’re pleased with the overall result and if you go through athlete by athlete with a team of 17 there’s always going to be a couple that don’t quite achieve what they want.
“But there’s a couple of the young ones who were really impressive, Olivia McTaggart coming back from injury and competed very well for her first major. And I was very pleased with Brad Mathas in the 800m the way he broke through to qualify and his back up in the final where he ran very well. I was really pleased with Jake Robertson in the 10,000m,” Goodman added.
“And then there were the obvious ones like Tom, Eliza and Valerie, in her come back, they speak for themselves.”
As coach of Dame Valerie Adams, Goodman said it was an honour to have helped her over the past three months.
“We’ve worked very closely over the last three months in particular and for a long time before that. It has been very full on with the energy and effort and her whole family commitments and for me it’s an honour to get that opportunity to work with her. If she wants to go on a bit longer I’ll keep helping her if that’s what she wants but I know family is a high priority for her. Another three or four weeks on she is going to be high nineteens again as every week she’s just improving and she works so hard," Goodman said.
“It’s great for us as an athletics team to have had her so closely involved, she’s been fantastic in the team and fantastic with the young athletes and her mantle is the Queen of our sport which is deserved,” he said.
Goodman reflected on some of the other performances.
“Your heart’s got to go out to Angie in the 800m to draw the same heat as Caster Semenya again, it means you have to race fast and set the race up and she did that and I’m if she’d made that final she would have raced very well because she’s so strong.
“Joseph Millar did well to get through to the 200m semi-finals after a big campaign for him and the pressures around qualifying. Siositina was unlucky in the discus holding down third place till the last round.
“The race walkers were great with Quinten and Alana. Quinten who is better over 50km to finish fifth in the 20km was significant, and Alana's silver was just fantastic.”
Looking forward to the world championships in Doha next year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Goodman said we will be well represented.
“We’re working very closely with Zane Robertson, Zane and Jake are both targeting the marathon for Tokyo. The marathon here was very winnable for Zane if we could have got him to the line I sure he would have been extremely competitive. Nick’s a regular at the Commonwealth Games so the 1500m final he would have been right in the middle of the mix. And Jacko will be back, and I’m sure he would have been in the mix for medals.
“In terms of this event I think it is a good basis, we’ve got a couple of new ones that are breaking through and it will set them up for the future. And we’ve also got some athletes like Aaron Booth who were unlucky to not be selected for here, that will come through. I think we are looking quite good for Doha and Japan,” said Goodman.
It is the fourth time that Goodman has been to a Commonwealth Games.
“I think that the Gold Coast did an extraordinary job, it has been really well put together and run. The athletic meet itself was fantastic, everyone was happy and welcoming. They’ve done a phenomenal job,” said Goodman.