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.
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
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