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Business School Athlete Captain and Champion at World University Games

23 Aug 2011

University of Sydney Business School student and Beijing Olympic Games Representative, Lachlan Renshaw, has recorded one of the biggest wins of his career, winning gold for the 800m at the World University Summer Games in Shenzhen, China this week.

Renshaw, a current Bachelor of Commerce student has managed to excel in both his athletic and academic endeavours, competing on the world stage whilst undertaking a major in International Business. Australian men's team captain at the Games, Renshaw's gold in the final of the 800m with a time of 1:46.36 ahead of China's Haining Teng and Kenya's Fred Samoei adds another medal to the tally of his exceptional career to date. The middle distance runner has represented Australia at the Beijing Olympics, won the Australian 800m championship in 2008 and 2010 and was runner-up in 2009 and 2011, progressed to the final round of the 2010 Commonwealth Games and holds the records for both the Australian 600m and NSW Under 20 men's 800m.

As a Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness scholarship holder and member of the Elite Athlete Program, Lachlan has managed to undertake studies of Commerce and sporting pursuits concurrently due to the flexibility of study options and the strategic fit of sport and business as his ambitions on an international scale for both arenas are accommodated. The Elite Athlete Program provides services and support to outstanding and talented athletes at the University of Sydney and is offered through Sydney Uni Sports and & Fitness, of which the University of Sydney Business School is a strategic partner.

Acting Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, Professor Tyrone Carlin said: "We're proud of all the Business School students who competed at this event but for Lachlan to win a gold medal while achieving so well in his studies is incredibly impressive. We'll all be behind him cheering on his journey to the Beijing Olympics in 2012."