Roberts hopes to add Comm Games bling to wedding preparation

Forget the wedding bouquet. Kelsey-Lee Roberts hopes she has some extra bling hanging around her neck when she walks down the aisle two weeks after the Commonwealth Games next year.

But Australia's top-ranked javelin thrower says juggling wedding plans and her gold medal ambitions will be a breeze as she set her sights on a double celebration.

Roberts was part of a contingent of athletes at the AIS Arena on Thursday for a Commonwealth Games briefing and uniform fitting as the countdown continues to the Gold Coast event.

It was part of a massive planning session as well as a 'sideline champions' initiative to maximise support from family and friends while also minimising distractions for athletes at the Games from April 4-15.

Roberts knows better than most about the distractions. She has thrown herself into wedding plans with partner and coach Mike Barber as they prepare to tie the knot on April 28.

"I feel quite organised [for the wedding at the moment], it's just the final detailing of the day," Roberts grinned.

"I really want to allow myself four or six weeks out from the Commonwealth Games to just focus on that. If I've still got some stuff to do, I'll delegate.

"The 'sideline champions' just gives your family that information about how we can prepare the best. Mike is probably the best supporter I could have. We share the highs and the lows on every step.

"But I've probably taken over the wedding preparation stuff because I'm enjoying it so much."

Roberts finished third at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow three years ago, but fell well short of her best at her Olympic Games debut in Rio last year.

She bounced back to finish 10th at the world championships in August and finished second in a Diamond League event in Zurich to end her 2017 season.

"I feel like I'm in a really good spot at the moment, we don't need to change anything going into the Commonwealth Games," Roberts said.

"I'd like to keep that trend going, but I'm certainly looking to improve on my bronze medal from Glasgow.

"Competing at home will be a bit of a shock, but it's going jto be lots of fun as well. I'm already looking forward to it.

"The experience in Rio didn't necessarily make me better, but it made me hungrier. I came away questioning whether it was what I wanted to do, and without hesitation I knew I wanted to fight for medals.

"...Things came together this year and we kind of proved we did the right things to put me back on track."

The AIS and Commonwealth Games Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding for the build up to the Games, with athletes to get access to the institute's facilities and services.

But one of the major programs will be the 'sideline champion' initiative to breakdown the barriers for the families of athletes and inviting them into the Australian team's inner sanctum.

"The athletes spend a lot of time from home and I think this is a wonderful initiative," said Australian Sports Commission boss Kate Palmer.

"Being a home Games, having parents and partners and close friends around you can be distracting.

"So a program that supports the parents and partners so they understand the unique experience ... and the role they play in ensuring their children and team is successful."

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