Glasgow 2014 was the first Commonwealth Games for Tom, who threw himself onto the international stage with a silver medal winning performance in the shot put. Tom set a Commonwealth Games record in his qualifying throw of 21.24m, but had the record taken by gold medal winner Jamaican O'Dayne RichardsĀ in the final round.

Tom, a Timaru native and full-time builder, entered the Commonwealth competition with a bronze medal from the 2014 World Indoor Championships and is a New Zealand and Oceania record holderĀ