A knee injury has forced Gabrielle Fa’amausili to withdraw from competing in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in April, Swimming New Zealand announced today.
Fa’amausili will undergo surgery next month at the completion of the US collegiate season on her left knee to repair her meniscus and reconstruct her torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). She said:
“This was a tough decision to make, I understand how much of an amazing opportunity and honour it is to be selected to represent NZ at such a pinnacle meet, however I don’t feel like I could represent our country to the best of my ability with the stress of injury on my mind.”
Currently a freshman studying at the University of Georgia (UGA) and competing for the college’s swim team, Fa’amausili made the tough decision to withdraw with the future in mind.
“I need to sit these games out in order to have a successful freshman year here at UGA and allow time for knee surgery and recovery so I can come back in top form to represent New Zealand at future competitions.”
Helena Gasson, a member of the 4x100m medley relay, will replace Fa’amausili in the women’s 4x100m freestyle. New Zealand will have 17 swimmers at the Gold Coast Games.