UQ HMNS athletes set for Rio Olympics
Two University of Queensland, School of Human Movement and
Nutrition Sciences students, are preparing to step onto the world
stage at next month's Rio Olympics (5-21 August).
The Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
students are 2 of 10 from UQ which will represent Australia in
athletics, diving, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming,
sailing and rugby sevens.
UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said he was
delighted to see past and present students competing at the Rio
"The athletes' dedication to training, team spirit and hard work
are an inspiration to others, and particularly to students who are
combining study with elite-level sport," Professor Høj said.
"UQ welcomes elite athletes, and we have scholarships and
partnerships to support our students in achieving their very best
both within their chosen sports and at their studies.
"I'll be following our students and alumni with great interest
as they compete in Rio de Janeiro."
UQ HMNS current and former students competing at the
Danielle Prince (pictured) - Rhythmic
Danielle, who is studying a Bachelor of Health, Sport
and Physical Education, and is a Clem Jones Sporting
Scholarship holder, will make her Olympic debut in Rio. Sporting
highlights include winning a gold medal in the Team All-Around
event at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Danielle Prince from
The University of Queensland on
Dane Bird-Smith - Race Walking (20km)
The Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education
student, and UQ Sports Achievement Scholarship recipient,
will make his Olympic debut in Rio. Dane's sporting highlights
include winning the 20km Walk at the 2016 Oceania and Australian
Race Walking Championships, and the 5km Walk at the 2016
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Melbourne
Emilee Cherry - Women's Rugby Sevens
Emilee was a former Bachelor of Health, Sport and
Physical Education student and was named 2013/2014 World
Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year. The Rio Olympics will
be her Olympic debut.
Other UQ students competing at the Rio
Maddison Keeney - Diving (3m springboard and 3m
Maddison is a Bachelor of Science student and a UQ Sports
Achievement Scholarship recipient, and will make her
Olympic debut in Rio. Her key sporting highlights include a
silver medal in the Women's 1m Springboard, and a bronze medal in
the Women's Synchronised 3m Springboard at the 2014 Glasgow
Bianca Hammett - Synchronised Swimming (may compete in
Bianca is studying a Bachelor of Applied Science. She is
Australia's Synchronised Swimming captain and Rio will be her
second Olympics - she was part of the team that placed eighth in
the Women's Team Event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Ashley Stoddart - Sailing (Laser Radial)
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) student will make
her Olympic debut in Rio. She finished eleventh in the Laser
Radial in the 2015 World Women's Championship.
Nick Malouf - Men's Rugby Sevens
Nick, who is studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws,
is a member of the UQ Rugby Club and the Rio
Olympics will be his Olympic debut. He made his international
debut at the 2012 Dubai World Series.
Boyd - Pole vault
Alana graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management in 2004
and Rio will be her third Olympics. She competed at the 2008
Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, and won gold at the Commonwealth
Games in Delhi (2010) and Glasgow (2014).
Alana Boyd from
The University of Queensland on
Caitlin Sargent - 4x400m Women's Relay
Caitlin graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013 and
will make her Olympic debut in Rio. Caitlin was part of the team
that placed fourth in the 4x400m Women's Relay team at the 2014
Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Josh Robinson - Javelin
Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of
Engineering in 2009 and will make his Olympic debut in Rio. He
finished fourth in Javelin at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth
Other members of the UQ community heading to the
2016 Rio Olympics:
Cedric Dubler - Decathlon: Cedric is a UQ Athletics
Club member and trains at the UQ Sport Athletics Centre. He will
make his Olympic debut in Rio and is Australia's first Olympic
decathlon entrant in 16 years.
- Peter Wells - Bachelor of Physiotherapy
(1991). Peter is Head of Physical Therapies for the Australian
- Sports psychology graduates: Joyce Koh -
Sports psychologist for the Singaporean sailing team; Ruth Anderson
- Head psychologist for Great Britain cycling.
Michael Hepburn - Cycling (4000m Men's Team
Pursuit): Michael is a former Bachelor of Human Movement
Studies student and Rio will be his second Olympics after winning a
silver medal in the Men's Team Pursuit at the 2012 London Olympics.
His other sporting highlights include Team Time Trial stage wins at
the Giro d'Italia in 2014 and 2015.
Emma Moffatt - Triathlon: A former UQ Bachelor of
Applied Science student, Emma is Australia's first-ever triple
Olympian in triathlon.
Foley - Men's Rugby Sevens: Con is a UQ Rugby Club
member and former Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce
student. Rio will be his first Olympics. Con was part of the Men's
Rugby Sevens team that won bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth
- Eric Brown - Eric is a UQ Athletics Club
member, and coaches Cedric Dubler and Caitlin Sargent.
- Dave Smith - Dave is also a UQ Athletics Club
member and is Dane Bird-Smith's father and coach, and a
two-time Olympian (1980 and 1984).
Elite athlete program at UQ
Many of UQ's Rio-bound Olympians have benefitted from UQ Sport Academy
Sporting Scholarships give students access to first-class
sporting facilities, financial assistance, competition grants,
specialist sport services, tutoring and athlete workshops.
Dane Bird-Smith said UQ's Sporting Scholarships were far more
than a financial leg-up.
"They provide invaluable support when athletics and study put up
hurdles. Through this support, I have been able to keep my degree
on-track without performances being impacted on the road to Rio,"
Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program also
supports high-performing student-athletes as they manage study and
their sporting careers.
Media: Caroline Bird, UQ Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
, +61 7 3365 1130; Jamie Mitchell, UQ
or +61 7 3346 7518.