Bachelor of Business student, Madison de Rozario, stamped her class all over the final of the Women’s T54 (Wheelchair) 1500m at Carrara Stadium last night to race away to gold in the rain. The Rio Games double silver medallist will now turn her attentions to Sunday morning’s Marathon, which is officially presented by Griffith University.
Team Griffith picked up another five gold medals on a sensational day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with three more coming on the last night of swimming action at the Optus Aquatic Centre. An incredible total of 28 GC2018 medals have been won by Griffith athletes to date, with a further two guaranteed after the action yesterday. The only unknown in each case is the colour.
Public Health student, Georgia Bohl (left), will celebrate her 21st birthday today with extra reason after she swam the breaststroke leg of last night’s Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final where Australia grabbed another gold. Georgia lined up alongside another Griffith Public Health student in multiple medal winner Emma McKeon who swam the butterfly leg before anchor Bronte Campbell brought it home in a breathtaking finale.
On another memorable night for Team Griffith swimmers there was also a gold medal awaiting Grant Irvine, Griffith Swim Club, in the final of the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay where he swam the butterfly leg. Earlier, Bachelor of Science (Advanced Honours) student Cameron McEvoy also finished the meet in the medals with a bronze in the final of the Men’s 50m Freestyle. Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice student, Jessica Ashwood, was outside the medals in the final of the Women’s 400m Freestyle.
Yesterday afternoon saw Griffith graduate and leading road cyclist Katrin Garfoot win emphatically on the familiar roads of the Gold Coast in the Women’s Individual Time Trial. In a very dominant performance, Katrin powered her way to another Commonwealth Games medal, adding to the bronze she won in Glasgow four years ago. The 36-year-old completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at Griffith.
At Oxenford Studios, Bachelor of Public Relations and Communication student Skye Nicolson (right) guaranteed herself a boxing medal after outpointing Cameroon’s Christelle Aurore Ndiang in the Women’s 57kg category.
She’ll next face Canadian Sabrina Aubin-Boucher in Friday night’s semi-final.
In the athletics at Carrara Stadium yesterday afternoon, emerging Australian sprinter Riley Day finished third in her heat of the 200m to qualify for the semi-finals tonight. The Bachelor of Nursing and Griffith and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Scholarship recipient will run from lane seven in the second semi-final at 8.18pm.
Sport Management student John Lane finished in eighth place at the end of two days of gruelling and dramatic decathlon action.
Jake’s golden bid
In Lawn Bowls it was a case of back to business for Bachelor of Business student and Bachelor of Journalism graduate, Kelsey Cottrell, who moved on from the excitement of gold in the Women’s Fours on Monday to help Australia to wins over Niue and Malta in the Women’s Pairs. She’ll be back on the job today in games against Papua New Guinea and England.
The prospect of another Lawn Bowls gold for Australia and a Team Griffith athlete lies ahead for Business graduate Jake Fehlberg today who will be one half of the Aussie team contesting the Mixed Pairs (vision impaired) gold medal final with South Africa. Jake and teammate Lynne Seymour turned the tables on Scotland yesterday, winning 14-8, to secure a place in today’s decider.
Alumnus Jordyn Holzberger helped the Hockeyroos to an important 2-0 win over Scotland last night which lifts them to the top of Pool B and offers a slight advantage going into the knockout phase of the competition.
Today is the first of four days of Diving competition where Team Griffith will have two competitors in action. Bachelor of Exercise Science student Domonic Bedggood returns to the Commonwealth Games arena after winning gold at Glasgow in 2014, and Bachelor of Business student Tejaswinin Williamson will be aiming to make the most of a late and unexpected call-up to the Australian team. Both are 10m platform experts.
Current Students: Matthew Hauser (triathlon), Madison de Rozario (wheelchair athletics), Domonic Bedggood (diving), Tejaswinin Williamson (diving), Jesse Wagstaf (basketball), Brandon Wakeling (weightlifting), Stephanie Morton (cycling), Sara Tait (para triathlon), Jessica Ashwood (swimming), Georgia Bohl (swimming), Shayna Jack (swimming), Cameron McEvoy (swimming), Emma McKeon (swimming), Kiah Melverton (swimming), Leiston Pickett (swimming), Zac Stubblety-Cook (swimming), Matthew Denny (athletics), Riley Day (athletics), Liam Hunter (swimming), Skye Nicolson (boxing), John Lane (decathlon), Kelsey Cottrell (lawn bowls), Paul Adams (shooting), Georgina Friedrichs (rugby sevens).
Alumni: Michael Shelley (marathon), Shannon Parry (rugby sevens), Ash Gentle (triathlon), Deborah Acason (weightlifting), Katrin Garfoot (cycling), Chloe Hosking (cycling), Jake Fehlberg (lawn bowls, vision impaired), Tegan Napper (weightlifting), Murray Goodwin (athletics), Jordyn Holzberger (hockey), Sam Seghers (swimming), Michael Hosking (athletics).
Staff: Andrea Hams (weightlifting), Michael Bohl (swimming, coach).
Griffith Swimming Club: Madeline Groves, Grant Irvine, David McKeon.