Seven Griffith University students will be on the blocks at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as part of the Australian swimming team.

The students represent a broad cross-section of academic disciplines. They are —

Leiston Pickett (Bachelor of Commerce);

Chris Wright (Bachelor of Environmental Design);

Cameron McEvoy (Bachelor of Science – Advanced Honours);

Brittany Elmslie (Bachelor of Business);

Edward McKendry (Bachelor of Business);

Taylor McKeown (Bachelor of Science);

Emma McKeon (Bachelor of Public Health).

Griffith Sports College Manager, Duncan Free OAM, said he was delighted with the outcome.

I just want to pass on huge congratulations to all our students who have made it into the Commonwealth Games team,” he said.

“I know the training and commitment they all put into their sport and it’s great to seeit rewarded with these selections.”

While the Glasgow Games are less than four months away, in four years Griffith’s student athletes won’t have so far to travel when the 2018 Commonwealth Games are staged on the Gold Coast.

“I am excited by having the Gold Coast host this major event and I’m especially excited by the number of athletes who will be competing after coming through Griffith University and the Griffith Sports College,” Mr Free said.

“It’s an opportunity to support and celebrate our athletes and to engage in this event and its legacy.”

Next Monday (April 14), a public lecture hosted by Griffith and presented by the University of Glasgow’s Professor Ade Kearns will provide invaluable insight into what the Gold Coast might expect following the 2018 Games.

The lecture,Assessing the Legacy of the Commonwealth Games: Learning from Glasgow, will be held in the Learning Commons (G11-4.28) at the Gold Coast campus on Monday, April 14, from 6-7pm.

Entry is free but reservations are required via this registration link.