Natimuk's Alethea Sedgman to defend Commonwealth Games gold medal

NATIMUK’S Alethea Sedgman is ready to defend her gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, starting Tuesday.

Sedgman will shoot in the 50-metre three-position event.

She is the defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the 50-metre three-position shoot after winning at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Sedgman is in Glasgow preparing for the three-position qualifying shoot, which is at 9.15pm on Tuesday.

If she qualifies successfully, she will shoot in the final at 2.15am on Wednesday.

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Alethea’s father Iain Sedgman said she was well-prepared and determined to do her best.

“Some athletes are full of confidence and go around with puffed up chests, but she doesn’t think like that,” he said.

“Even though she’s the defending gold medallist, she doesn’t think she is going to dominate.

“She is quietly confident that she’s done a considerable amount of training and is ready for the competition.”

“Some athletes are full of confidence and go around with puffed up chests, but she doesn’t think like that.” - Iain Sedgman about daughter Alethea

Mr Sedgman said he believed Alethea was in the best form of her career.

She finished 13th in the world at the International Shooting Sport Federation world cup at Fort Benning in the United States earlier this year.

Sedgman has also improved her world ranking to a career-best 22nd.

“A lot of our top tennis players are only in the top 120 in the world, but she’s in the top 22, which I think is pretty remarkable,” Mr Sedgman said.

Mr Sedgman said he and the rest of his family would be with Alethea in spirit, and he was sure she would do the Wimmera and Australia proud.

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