The University of Queensland will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with 17 past and present students competing for gold, and a staff member umpiring in the hockey.
The students and alumni will represent Australia in swimming, gymnastics, diving, athletics, triathlon, netball and men’s rugby 7s over 11 days of competition from 23 July to 3 August.
UQ alumnus, and track and field athlete Caitlin Sargent, who graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013, will be competing at her first commonwealth games.
She hopes to walk away with a medal in the 4x400m women’s relay event.
“I’ve been to world championships for athletics before but the thought of going to the Commonwealth Games raises it to a whole new level,” she said.
“Like the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games are only held every four years so I am thrilled to be a part of the team.”
UQ Advantage Office Director Dr Annabelle Willox will umpire in the women’s hockey matches at the Games as part of the Welsh team.
It will be her second Commonwealth Games stint as she umpired at the Delhi Games in 2010.
UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright said it was a significant achievement to represent Australia at such a high-profile international sporting event.
“It is a great milestone to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, so it’s an honour to have many members from the UQ community competing on the world stage,” she said.
“UQ welcomes elite athletes, and has scholarships and partnerships in place to ensure our students can achieve their very best both within their chosen sports and at their studies.
“These individuals are an inspiration to others when it comes to successfully combining study with elite-level sport.
“I look forward to following our students, alumni and staff with great interest as they compete during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”
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Note to Editors, UQ students and alumni known to be competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of the Australian team are:
Blake Cochrane (Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science past student) – Swimming (EAD).
Tommaso D’Orsogna (UQ and Australian National University student) – Swimming.
Brenden Hall (Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science student) – Swimming (EAD).
Maddison Keeney (Bachelor of Science student) – Diving.
Danielle Prince (Bachelor of Health Sports Physical Education) – Gymnastics.
Emma Moffatt (Bachelor of Applied Science past student) – Triathlon.
Nik Bojic (Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education) – High jump
Con Foley (Bachelor of Business, UQ and University of Southern Queensland) – Rugby sevens
Daniel Wilson (Psychopathology course) – Triathlon
UQ Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Gabrielle Simpson will travel to Glasgow as a training partner for the Australian netball team.
Alana Boyd (Bachelor of Business Management 2004) – Athletics.
Brittany McGowan (Bachelor of Journalism 2013) – Athletics.
Caitlin Sargent (Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours Class I 2013) – Athletics.
Melanie Schlanger (Bachelor of Science 2009) – Swimming.
Matt Boyd (Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning 2009) – Athletics
Josh Robinson (Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Engineering 2009) – Athletics.
Catherine Arscott (Bachelor of Arts 2004 and Bachelor of Laws 2006) – Judo
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