London Calling Our Faculty Olympians - Loudy Wiggins
16 July 2012
From the exam room to the Olympic stadium, Arts and Social Sciences students continue to put their knowledge and skills to the test as they head to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Four inspirational students and one alumna will represent the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the upcoming London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
They join over 30 members of the University of Sydney community as the University's largest ever contingent bound for any Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Among the faculty athletes embarking on their Olympic journeys are Matthew Mitcham and Loudy Wiggins, who join the 10-strong diving squad, and Paralympian Jenny Blow in the sport of goalball.
Faculty Olympian of the Week
Loudy Wiggins (BA (Media and Communications) 2004)
Even before she arrives in London, Loudy Wiggins has already carved out a piece of Olympic history.
16 years since her first Olympic bid at the 1996 Atlanta Games, Wiggins joins diver Jenny Donnet as the only Australian to ever compete at four separate Games.
The impressive feat is both exhilarating and daunting for the 32-year-old Fairfax advertising executive and new mother to daughter, Layla.
"My reaction was of pure relief and I am trying to enjoy the moment," said Wiggins.
"I want to be excited that I am heading to London, but we still have a job to do once we are over there and there's a fine line between getting ready to compete and getting overwhelmed by everything that is the Olympic Games."
After so many Olympic appearances, Wiggins has learnt the value of pre-performance nerves.
"Nerves are so important - sometimes I get worried if I am not nervous! Nerves are definitely a good thing as long as they are used in the correct way," she explained.
"If you have done all the work previously, then nerves help you switch on and get into the zone and I guess it's the same for an exam or a speech."
Wiggins will compete with partner Rachel Bugg (pictured) in the 10m platform synchronized dive, the same event in which she previously won the bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics. Wiggins also secured a bronze medal for the individual 10m diving event at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Returning to competition after a tragic calf injury shattered her hopes of contention at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wiggins maintains a sanguine yet realistic perspective to her prospects in London.
"I am hoping to have another strong performance at Olympics. The placing will depend on the day, but anything is possible!" she said.
Even with training sessions six days a week (lasting for up to five hours at a stretch), Wiggins managed to complete her degree full time, enabling her to compete in overseas competitions while preparing for a future beyond diving.
"I studied full time when I was at Uni [sic] so it was pretty full on," said Wiggins. "Luckily for me my course was predominantly assignments so I go a lot of work done when I went overseas to compete. Online helped!"
Wiggins also enjoyed the flexibility of her course, graduating with a BA (Media and Communications) with an English major in 2004.
"My degree was fairly broad in the sense I could pursue anything from journalism to public relations to advertising," she said.
Loudy Wiggins' advice: "Never stop believing!"
Contact: Emily Jones
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