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  • Bronte Barratt

Elite Athletes star at Games

13 August 2012

QUT's 'sensational seven' student Olympians will return home victorious with a treasure trove of six medals and the experiences of a lifetime.

Swimmer Cate Campbell kicked off the tally with a gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay on day one. Bronte Barratt and Christian Sprenger each brought home a silver and bronze medal. Bronte was part of the silver-winning team in the 4x200m freestyle relay and bronzed in the 200m freestyle while Christian breaststroked his way to a silver in the 100m and a bronze in the 4x100m medley relay.

Water polo player Sophie Smith was part of the team who took bronze. Also in the water, was Eloise Amberger who competed in the duet and team synchronised swimming, coming eighth in the latter.

Runner Andrew McCabe took part in the 4x100m relay as its youngest member and Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth took the team to four wins, one tie and one loss for a fifth place.

One of their keenest supporters is Alison Thomson who runs QUT's Elite Athletes program.

"We are so proud of their amazing effort. It's just a pleasure seeing students doing so well and knowing we can help in some small way to back them up," Ms Thomson said.

She said students in the Elite Athletes program could apply for some financial help to go to meets and could defer their studies without penalty to compete.

"For example, Cate Campbell won a gold at the World University Games last year. Athletes have to meet most of the expenses of travel for this international event so QUT was pleased to help out."

Ms Thomson said QUT supported more than 300 athletes under the program in some 50 sports at state and national level.

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