The Pride of Griffith

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion student Emma McKeon at the Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games have drawn to a close with Australia proudly positioned 2nd on the medal tally. Griffith students and alumni have finished with 10 gold, five silver and seven bronze which would see Team Griffith placed 10th on the tally board if Griffith was a nation.

Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor has applauded the efforts of Team Griffith.

“I am enormously proud of the sporting and personal achievements of all the Griffith students and alumni who competed in the Glasgow Games,” Professor O’Connor said.

“Now, as the focus shifts to the Gold Coast in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, I am greatly looking forward to seeing Griffith students take on the world right here at home.

“Staging the Games will also provide an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Queensland and the Gold Coast in particular as a powerhouse of health research, education, business innovation and the arts. It will change the Gold Coast forever.”

Today saw the closing ceremony at Glasgow and the official handover of the games to the Gold Coast. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will commence on the 4th April 2018.


In a stunning international swimming debut, Emma McKeon became the leading Australian medal winner claiming 6 medals: 4 Gold and 2 bronze.

This also places Emma 2nd on the overall games tally behind Canadian gymnast Patricia Bezzoubenko.

Emma McKeon:

Gold 200m free

Women’s 4 x 100m relay

Women’s 200m relay

Women’s 4 x 100m medley relay

Bronze – 100m free

100m fly

Cameron McEvoy:

Gold 4 x100m relay; 4 x 200m relay.

Silver: men’s 50m free; 100m free; 200m free and 4 x 100m medley relay

Brittany Elmslie:

Gold 4 x 100m medley; 4 x200m relay

Bronze: 50m fly

Leiston Pickett:Gold 50m breaststroke and 5th in 100m breaststroke

Taylor McKeown: Gold 200m breaststroke

Chris Wright: 8th in 50m & 100m fly

Linda Leverton: 5th in triple jump

Ashleigh Gentle: 9th in women’s triathlon

Edward McKendry: gold 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 100m medley

Hannah Joye: 6th High jump

Kelsey Cottrell: Silver in women’s triples lawn bowls

Chloe Hosking: 26th Women’s road race

Renae Hallinan: Gold – Netball


Michael Shelley: Gold men’s marathon

Brandie O’Connor: bronze in Paracyling tandem sprint and bronze in Paracycling tandem 1000m

Paul Kennedy: bronze in Paracycling tandem sprint

Katrin Garfoot: bronze in cycling time trial

Tegan Napper: 4th 48kg weightlifting

Deborah Ascon: 4th +75kg weightlifting

Nik Bojic: 12th Men’s High Jump

Craig Burns: 6th Men’s 4 x 400m relay

Dylan Grant: 6th Men’s 4 x 400m relay