The Hills Shire has always been producing exceptional sportsmen and women who have done the country proud at world events.
Our contribution to the 400-strong Australian contingent for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham continues that rich vein.
Some of the representatives include Baulkham Hills-born high jump champion Brandon Starc, Dural 100m hurdles sensation Michelle Jenneke, and Rouse Hill hammer throwing ace Alex Hulley (featured on another page).
Starc, 28, will be defending his high gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The reigning Australian champion will be the man to beat in Birmingham, having soared 2.32m to win the gold in front of delighted home fans at the 2018 Gold Coast Games. This was a huge improvement from his eighth place at the 2014 Games in Glasgow.
Starc, the younger brother of Australian fast bowling great Mitchell, is attached to Parramatta City Track and Field. He began his career at Parramatta Little Athletics while attending Lidcome Public School. He later attended the Hills Sports High School, playing cricket and football before settling for the high jump.
Starc finished 15th in Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games before his massive improvement in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where he was fifth. He was very unlucky in Tokyo despite clearing 2.35m, which would have guaranteed him a medal at any other Olympics.
Starc recently toured local LA clubs to speak to the youngsters and inspire the next generation of champions.