Paralympian Kurt Fearnley in action.
Cheering them on
t’s August and in living rooms across Australia, members of the CSU community can be heard cheering on six of their own as they competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. CSU students Nicole Beck and Alicia Quirk created history as part of the first-ever team awarded an Olympic gold medal in women’s rugby sevens, following a 24-17 victory over New Zealand in the final.
The road to Rio was extremely tough but the rewards were worth it. Here we meet six CSU students and graduates who gave it their all at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Kate Staniforth, Student Liaison Officer (Elite Athletes and Sport), expressed the great pride the CSU community has in these outstanding athletes. “We are extremely proud of the past and current CSU students who represented Australia at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. “With so many inspiring performances seen, and gold, silver and bronze medals won, the entire CSU community was justifiably thrilled with the achievements of all athletes. “Most of us can’t even imagine the mental and physical dedication it takes to train for an Olympic Games. To combine this with studying for a degree – as Nicole and Alicia have done – is that much more inspiring.”
"With so many inspiring performances seen, the entire CSU community was justifiably thrilled with the achievements of all athletes."
Paralympian Kurt Fearnley, OAM, added to the medal haul with silver in the wheelchair marathon and bronze in the 5,000m. He also finished fifth in the 1,500m. National record holder and two-time Olympian Ben St Lawrence finished 28th in the 10,000m, while cyclist Amanda Spratt finished 15th in her road race making her the highest placed female Australian cyclist in the road race in Rio. Competing in her second Olympic Games Equestrian, Lyndal Oatley was part of the Australia squad placed 9th in the team event, and was 36th in the individual event.
Road race team member, cyclist Amanda Spratt.