QUT students are featuring in the medal mix at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Team QUT medal tally:
Gold – Cate and Bronte Campbell, 4 x 100m freestyle relay
Gold - Cate Campbell, 50m freestyle
Gold - Cate Campbell, 50m butterfly
Gold - Bronte Campbell, 100m freestyle
Gold - Bronte Campbell, 4 x 100 medley relay
Gold - Mitch Larkin, 100m backstroke
Gold - Mitch Larkin, 50m backstroke
Gold - Mitch Larkin, 200m backstroke
Gold - Mitch Larkin, 200m individual medley
Gold - Mitch Larkin and Grant Irvine, 4x100m medley relay
Gold - Jack McLoughlin, 1500m freestyle
Gold - Georgia Sheehan, women's synchronised 3m springboard
Silver - Jack McLoughlin, 400m freestyle
Silver - Nic Beveridge, para triathlon
Silver - Bronte Campbell, 50m freestyle
Silver - Cate Campbell, 100m freestyle
Silver - Henry Frayne, long jump
Bronze - Grant Irvine, 100m butterfly
Bronze - Connie-Leigh Rixon, lawn bowls
Long jumper Henry Frayne last night overcame a terrible run of injuries to secure a silver medal while diver Georgia Sheehan won gold in the women's synchronised 3m springboard with Esther Qin.
"They've nailed it! ABSOLUTELY NAILED IT!"— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 11, 2018
A spectacular dive by Esther Chin and @georgia_diver to take GOLD in the Women's Synchronised 3m Springboard! #GC2018Diving@matthew_mitcham can't contain himself! #ShareTheDream @harveynormanau pic.twitter.com/QSK2MxBhKi
Swimmers Bronte and Cate Campbell, Mitch Larkin, Jack McLoughlin and Grant Irvine, along with para triathlete Nic Beveridge and lawn bowler Connie-Leigh Rixon have all picked up medals too. They are all current or former members of QUT’s Elite Athlete Program.
Men’s Long Jump medal ceremony— Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) April 11, 2018
How good is it seeing @henryfrayne up on the podium?! Keeping some decent company also with a couple of World Class South Africans.#GC2018Athletics #TeamAUS #GreaterTogether pic.twitter.com/x7NbUHiHIM
QUT Vice-Chancellor Margaret Sheil AO congratulated Team QUT for its efforts and this week wrote a LinkedIn article about how the university's Elite Athlete Program helps them achieve their goals.
"The athletes benefit by keeping engaged with their wider peer group, and developing a diversity of interests and skills that complement and will eventually outlast their athletic careers." Professor Sheil said.
"Their peers benefit from the inclusion of the elite athletes in university life by witnessing up close their dedication and commitment to excellence. Employers benefit because they know that elite athletes bring certain attributes as employees – drive, determination, commitment, mental toughness and time management skills."
Read the full LinkedIn article here.
Alison Thomson, coordinator of QUT’s Elite Athlete Program, said it was a partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport which began in 2006 to support students throughout their sporting life and assist them to find a career in tandem with and beyond sport.
“QUT has second highest number of elite athletes in Australia after the University of Melbourne and we do a lot to nurture them,” Ms Thomson said.
“As well as sports scholarships of $10,000 and $30,000, we foster industry engagement and opportunities for them.
“What we are finding is that industry is increasingly recognising what elite athletes can offer them.
“So not only is there life after sport, there are career paths you can take via sport and we are not just talking about coaching or becoming a commentator.”
The QUT-connected athletes competing at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are:
- Henry Frayne - Long Jump
- Luke Willian - Triathlon
- Michael Tone – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
- Mitch Larkin - Swimming
- Daniel Mowen - 4 x 400 relay
- Jack McLoughlin - Swimming
- Bronte Campbell - Swimming
- Cate Campbell - Swimming
- Georgia Sheehan - Diving
- Hsuan-Yu (Wendy) Chen - Badminton
- Thomas Cicchini - Wrestling
- Alex Hartmann – 200m & men’s 4 x 100m relay
- Grant Irvine - Swimming
- Ryan Maskelyne - Swimming (representing Papua New Guinea)
- Connie-Leigh Rixon - Lawn Bowls (representing Malta)
- Nic Beveridge - Para triathlon
Mitch Larkin - 2018 Commonwealth Games
----UPDATE: Mitch has taken the gold in the Men's 100m Backstroke! Congratulations Mitch!----- Catch elite swimmer and QUT Property Economics student Mitch Larkin competing in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Men's 100m backstroke heats from 11:45am today. Go Mitch!Posted by QUT Students on Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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