Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi wrestler Cole Hawkins carrying on family tradition in pursuit of gold

Kiwi wrestler Cole Hawkins is chasing gold at the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham, and he doesn't have to look far for help.

The 24-year-old is gearing up for his first Games appearance, but will have the experience of his father, Graeme Hawkins to call on.

Graeme competed at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and 1984 Olympics, and is helping his son carry on the family tradition as his coach.

Cole has his sights firmly set on being atop the podium.

"The goal is the gold medal - that's all I'm going for," he told Newshub.

"I'm super-excited, my first one and can't wait to get there to show everyone what I can do."

Graeme knows the challenges of the mat, and makes no mistake of who's in charge when push comes to shove under the bright lights.

"In simple terms, it's good. I tell him what to do and he does it," he said.

Cole is a dual-international, having also represented New Zealand in canoe polo.

But he reveals it was an easy choice when forced to focus on one sport, with the chance of creating a unique father-son, coach-athlete dynamic too good to pass up.

"My dad went to the Comm Games in '82 and Olympics in '84 so it was always in the family," he said.

"I think it works a lot better than how a normal athlete-coach relationship would work. There's complete trust around it."

Graeme is relishing the opportunity to work with his son, and believes Cole can go all the way at Birmingham.

"He's at home, we're watching videos of wrestling analysis of stuff, so we probably get to spend a lot more time talking about things as well," he said.

"I know for the amount of work he's put in and how hard he's trained, he deserves to go all the way."