Bundy's stars ready to shine at the Commonwealth Games
ALL the long hours, hard work and sacrifices are about to pay off for those athletes that will compete at the Commonwealth Games.
The Games officially start tonight with the opening ceremony to be held at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast in front of an audience of almost one billion people that will tune in.
Bundaberg will be represented by three athletes, in three different sports, over the next 12 days of the event.
All are realistic chances of winning a medal as well.
Here is a look at the trio heading to the Games.
Sport he'll compete in: Hockey for the Australian Kookaburras
Fun fact: Aaron is the cousin of former Bundy Kookaburra Troy Elder, who won gold with the team at the Commonwealth Games in 2002.
Commonwealth Games appearances: First
A Bundy boy that calls himself a Victorian, Kleinschmidt will represent the Kookaburras at the Commonwealth Games after a career-best season.
He helped Australia to win the World Hockey League last year in India and followed that up with a win in Malaysia at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
Kleinschmidt was the top scorer for Australia at the Malaysian tournament.
A midfielder who likes to score, there will be plenty of pressure on him and the Kookaburras with Australia winning the gold at the past five Commonwealth Games.
They will be heavy favourites to make it six in a row.
The 28-year-old was born and bred in Bundy before moving to Victoria at the age of 10.
The team will start its campaign April 7 against South Africa and also face Scotland, New Zealand and Canada in the group stages.
The top two will qualify for the the semi's, which will be held on April 13.
The final will be held on April 14.
Local Club: The Waves
Sport she'll compete in: Netball for Silver Ferns
Fun fact: Ameliaranne was the 157th player to debut for New Zealand
Commonwealth Games appearances: First
Just making the Commonwealth Games has been an achievement in itself for Bundy's Silver Fern.
Ekenasio (nee Wells) was picked for the Games just a few months after returning to competition following the birth of her first son, Ocean, last year.
The former The Waves player will be looked upon to lead the shooting for the side as they look to win gold for the first time at the Commonwealth Games since 2010.
Ekenasio was born and bred in Bundaberg but qualifies for the Silver Ferns through her Kiwi father.
She has competed for New Zealand since 2014 and has made more than 10 appearances for her country.
New Zealand starts its campaign against Uganda tomorrow and will face four other nations in their group during the first week of the competition.
The Silver Ferns must finish inside the top two to qualify for the semis, which will be held on April 14. The final will be held the next day.
Local Club: Bundaberg Athletic Club and West Bundaberg Little Athletics
Sport she'll compete in: Athletics (discus) for Australia
Fun fact: Taryn is the best discus thrower in Queensland and has won the state title for the past few years.
Commonwealth Games appearances: Second (finished ninth in Glasgow 2014)
Bundaberg's Taryn Gollshewsky is the only athlete from the region at this year's games to experience it all before.
The 24-year-old competed in the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, finishing ninth behind fellow Australian Dani Samuels.
The goal now is to go much higher after getting four years of experience in competitions around the world.
Gollshewsky competed last year in the World Championships in London and followed that up with a medal at the World University games in Taipei.
A medal is not out of reach on the Gold Coast.
The talented university student, who studies and lives right in Bundy, has a personal best that would put her around the mark for a medal if she can throw that distance in the final.
It will come down to whether Gollshewksy can deliver on the night.
The Bundy athlete will compete in the final on April 12 at Carrara Stadium, the main stadium used for the Games.