Rivers & Butturini named in Australian Olympic hockey squads

19 July 2012

Megan Rivers, one of the University's two hockey players in London 2012.
Megan Rivers, one of the University's two hockey players in London 2012.

University of Sydney will be represented in both the Australian women's hockey team and the men's team at the 2012 London Olympics, thanks to Megan Rivers and Matthew Butturini.

Rivers is a former University of Sydney Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder and a graduate of the university - Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science).

She was named as one of seven Olympic veterans in the Hockeyroos Olympic Games squad, having made her Olympic debut four years ago in Beijing where the women's team finished fifth.

Rivers, who has been on the national team since 2003 and has played over 170 games for Australia, will be pivotal to Australia's attack in midfield alongside teammate Hope Munro.

In the Kookaburra's squad, fellow Sydney graduate Matthew Butturini (Bachelor of Science) was selected for his first Olympic Games.

Butturini, a defender, debuted for the Kookaburras in 2009 and made an impact to secure his position on the Champion's Trophy squad, where he put in some great performances to help the team claim the gold medal.

More recently Butturini helped Australia win a silver medal at the Olympic test event earlier this year.

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Enquiries: Andrew Tilley, Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness, 9351 8116,