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Humans of Embracing 2018: Ella and Jonte Connolly

Brother-and-sister duo Jonte and Ella Connolly are looking forward to next year’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – with one of the siblings hoping to swap the grandstand seats for a spot on the track.

The talented pair have a swag of sporting achievements between them.

Jonte is a talented touch football player and finished fourth in the under-16 high jump at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships earlier this year, jumping 4cm above his personal best.

Ella received gold (4 x 100m relay) and silver (400m) medals for her efforts at the Commonwealth Youth Games, and represented Australia in the 4 x 400m relay at the IAAF World Championships in London.

Ella has been selected for the Commonwealth Games relay squad, and will find out in early 2018 whether she’s made the Australian team.

“It's going to be great to have the Games at the Gold Coast. We’re both looking forward to being able to watch world class athletes compete so close to home,” Ella said.

“My favourite athlete is Sally Pearson. She’s such a good role model, particularly for girls. Seeing her overcome injury and return to such great form in London was really inspiring,” Ella said.

Jonte said: “I’d like to see Mutaz Barshim compete — he’s crazy good when it comes to high jump.”

Ella and Jonte have been competing at the Queensland School Sport championships for many years.

“One of the best things about the championships is meeting new people, and getting to compete at Nationals,” Ella said.

They are both looking forward to watching their favourite athletes compete at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, but Jonte said he was hoping his sister got a better offer for the Games.

“Ella's dream is to compete in front of a home crowd. Being able to watch her compete on the world stage would be amazing. It'll be such a crazy atmosphere.

“We've got tickets to watch the athletics, and it’ll be especially exciting if Ella makes the Australian team,” Jonte said.

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