Katie and Michellie's golden moment

As they prepare to try and qualify for the Commonwealth Games on Saturday we celebrate last year's golden moment for Katie Kelly and Michellie Jones.

| April 6, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Katie Kelly and Michellie Jones celebrate their gold medal at the Rio Paralympic Games.

Katie Kelly and Michellie Jones celebrate their gold medal at the Rio Paralympic Games.

Photo >Delly Carr | International Triathlon Union

Michellie Jones bore the weight of a nation on her shoulders as she sprinted to the line in the first event of the 2000 Olympic Games. Australia was supposed to dominate the triathlon in Sydney, which is why it was to serve as a wonderful opening day event for the host nation.

In the end the pressure would be too much for all but one member of the Aussie team - Jones would take the silver medal, finishing just two seconds behind Switzerland's Brigitte McMahon.

Jones was not named to the 2004 Australian Olympic team, which spurred her on to long distance racing the following year. Within two years she became the Ironman world champion, proving without a doubt that she is one of the greatest our sport has ever seen.

Last year Jones added another highlight to her amazing career as she served as a guide for Paralympic gold medalist Katie Kelly in Rio.

Declared legally blind in January, 2015, Kelly contacted Triathlon Australia to find out how to qualify as an paratriathlete. Before the end of that year she took the world championship with Jones leading the way. A year later she was a Paralympic gold medalist.

On Saturday Jones and Kelly will be back in action at the ITU Gold Coast race. A top finish will put them on Australia's Commonwealth Games team and give them a chance to compete on home turf in 2018 - the games will also take place on the Gold Coast.