QUT champs shine at Commonwealth Games

16th April 2018

Congratulations to all the QUT athletes who competed and took home medals from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The final medal tally for Team QUT was 12 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze, with diver Georgia Sheehan on Friday night winning the final medal – silver in the women's 1m springboard, adding to her gold in the syncronised springboard.

Swimmer Mitch Larkin was the most successful at the Games, picking up five gold medals from his five events.

All our medal winners are current or former members of QUT’s Elite Athlete Program


Team QUT medal tally:

Gold –  Cate and Bronte Campbell, swimming, 4 x 100m freestyle relay

Gold –  Cate Campbell, swimming, 50m freestyle

Gold –  Cate Campbell, swimming, 50m butterfly

Gold –  Bronte Campbell, swimming, 100m freestyle 

Gold –  Bronte Campbell, swimming, 4 x 100 medley relay

Gold –  Mitch Larkin, swimming, 100m backstroke

Gold –  Mitch Larkin, swimming, 50m backstroke

Gold –  Mitch Larkin, swimming, 200m backstroke

Gold –  Mitch Larkin, swimming, 200m individual medley

Gold –  Mitch Larkin and Grant Irvine, swimming, 4x100m medley relay

Gold –  Jack McLoughlin, swimming, 1500m freestyle

Gold –  Georgia Sheehan, diving, women's synchronised 3m springboard

Silver –  Jack McLoughlin, swimming, 400m freestyle

Silver –  Nic Beveridge, para triathlon

Silver –  Bronte Campbell, swimming, 50m freestyle

Silver –  Cate Campbell, swimming, 100m freestyle

Silver –  Henry Frayne, men's long jump

Silver –  Georgia Sheehan, diving, women's 1m springboard

Bronze –  Grant Irvine, swimming,100m butterfly

Bronze –  Connie-Leigh Rixon, lawn bowls, women's fours



QUT Vice-Chancellor Margaret Sheil AO congratulated Team QUT for its efforts and on LinkedIn has written 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.  

Swimmers Bronte, left, and Cate Campbell excelled at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with each taking home three gold medals and one silver.


Alison Thomson, coordinator of the 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 who competed at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were:

  • Henry Frayne - long jump 
  • Luke Willian - triathlon
  • Michael Tone - men’s artistic gymnastics
  • Mitch Larkin - swimming
  • Daniel Mowen - athletics
  • Jack McLoughlin - swimming
  • Bronte Campbell - swimming
  • Cate Campbell - swimming
  • Georgia Sheehan - diving
  • Hsuan-Yu (Wendy) Chen - badminton
  • Thomas Cicchini - wrestling
  • Alex Hartmann – athletics
  • Grant Irvine - swimming
  • Ryan Maskelyne - swimming (representing Papua New Guinea)
  • Connie-Leigh Rixon - lawn bowls (representing Malta)
  • Nic Beveridge - para triathlon


Media contact: 
Rose Trapnell, 3138 2361 or 0407 585 901, media@qut.edu.au

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