La Trobe congratulates its Olympic stars and wishes them all success in Beijing
Current and former La Trobe students are competing in the Beijing Games
Nursing student Chris Mullins will be missing a few classes over the next few weeks to compete at the Paralympics. He has already won Gold in the 4x400 meter relay in 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships, and with a solid performance history, should fare well representing Australia in Bejing.
La Trobe physiotherapy graduate Catherine Arlove is en route to her third Olympic Games and is determined to lead the 12-strong Australian Olympic Judo team to Gold in Beijing. Arlove first landed on the Olympic mat in 2000 and went on to gain an impressive fifth place in Athens four years later.
Fellow physiotherapy graduate Samuel Beltz will be rowing at Bejing. He made his debut for the senior Australian rowing team in 2003 in the men's lightweight quad scull. At the World Championships his crew went on to win silver in Milan, Italy. Sam rowed with a new partner in 2006, fellow Tasmanian Tom Gibson, and the pair formed a formidable combination to finish fourth in the World Championships in the men's lightweight double scull in Eton, England. They went on to replicate this result at the 2007 World Championships in Munich.
Kayaker Warwick Draper might have narrowly missed out on a medal at the Canoe Kayak Slalom Pre-World Championships after a fourth place finish in the final of the men's K1, but he has a good chance of success at Beijing. The Computer Science and Engineering graduate competed at Athens in 2004. After time off, he returned to the sport in 2006 to compete on the national team in preparation for selection to Beijing.
Hockey star Rachel Imison graduated in 2005 with a degree in prosthetics and orthotics. She first came to international prominence when declared goalkeeper of the tournament at the Junior World Cup in 1997 in Korea. She has played in more than 100 internationals. Beijing will be Rachel’s third Olympic Games.
Athlete Tamsyn Lewis obtained her Bachelor of Social Science degree from La Trobe University in 2003, before becoming the fourth Australian to win a World Indoor title when she won the 800m in Valencia, Spain in March 2008. This will be her third Olympic Games. She will decide whether she runs both the 800m and 400m after her heat of the 800m.
Matthew Gray was 14 when he made his first Australian Archery Team for the 1988 Junior World Field Championships where he won Bronze. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1993. In Atlanta Matt was part of the Australian team which set a new Olympic record in an early round of the team event, scoring 253 of a total possible 270 points, before placing fourth overall. In 1999 he was a member of the Gold Medal team at the World Indoor Championships in Cuba with Simon Fairweather and Scott Hunter-Russell. He placed sixth in the individual event. Selected for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, he was disappointed with his performance and took nearly two years off. He is back to represent Australia in 2008.