Our students & alumni selected for London Olympics
19 July 2012
Krystal Weir (Physiotherapy)
Krystal will be competing in the Laser Radial women's singlehanded class. Her recent victory in the ISAF Sailing World Cup helped to secure her Olympic place, with Krystal reaching the top four in every race in Medemblik, including two wins and five second-place finishes on her way to the overall win. This will be Krystal's second Olympic Games after competing in the three-person Yngling class in 2008.
"The Laser Radial is the class I've been sailing in for the past 12 years, I developed all my skills in this class and got into the Yngling six months before the last Game. My second campaign has been an entirely different experience as I said I would never go to an Olympics to make up the numbers, I'm going to the Games to come home with a medal."
Nicola Zagame (Medical Radiation Sciences)
Nicola Zagame has been chosen as part of the 13-strong "Stingers" team to represent Australia in the women's water polo. The Stingers recently won the London Prepares Series, beating USA in the final by one goal.
Their first Olympic game is against Italy on July 30, with their competition schedule running until August 9.
"Trying to study over the past 3 years while training full-time to make the Olympics has been a challenge", says Nicola, "I travel a lot playing water polo, so the option to study part-time has helped me a lot. I've organised to complete a prac as soon as I return from the Olympics... so I get back to Australia on August 15 and start my placement a week later - straight back into completing my degree!"
Megan Rivers (BHlthSc - Exercise and Sports Science) (2003)
Megan Rivers has been named as one of seven Olympic veterans in the Hockeyroos Olympic Games squad.
She made her Olympic debut four years ago in Beijing where the women's team finished fifth. Megan has been on the national team since 2003, and has played over 170 games for Australia.
Brooke Pratley (BHlthSc - Physiotherapy) (2002)
Brooke Pratley has been selected to join the 46 person Australian Olympic Games Rowing team. This will be her second Games, having competed in Beijing (2008) where her team placed sixth in the Women's Eight.
We wish Krystal, Nicola, Brooke and Megan all the best, and look forward to reporting on their achievements over the coming weeks!