Our students selected for London Olympics
15 June 2012
Olympic excitement abounds this week, with the news that two Faculty of Health Sciences students, Nicola Zagame (MRS) and Krystal Weir (Physiotherapy), have been selected to compete in the 2012 London Games.
Krystal Weir 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 Weir 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 Weir'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 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 Zagame, "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!".
We all wish Krystal and Nicola well, and look forward to following their achievements over the coming months!