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Sara Carrigan

Bachelor of Business

Initially identified through a High School Sports Talent Search, Sara Carrigan's professional cycling career spanned more than 13 years, starting at the age of fifteen and culminating in a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Along with that glory in the 130km Women's Individual Road Race in Athens, Sara’s successes include being a medallist at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, a two-time national champion, World Cup winner, a medallist at every Australian Championships from 2002 to 2008 and an Australian representative at eight World Championships.

Sara represented Australia at two Olympic Games (2004 and 2008) and two Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006), and was named Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

During this time she was studying a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University and she is currently still studying.

Duncan Free

Bachelor of Health Science

Duncan understands the challenges that arise for athletes who are competing at the highest level, whilst also studying at university.

Whilst completing his Bachelor of Health Science with Griffith University, Duncan competed in four Olympic Games. He won an Olympic Bronze Medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and in 2008, at his 4th Olympics, he won Gold.

In 2011 he was also named one of the Top 10 Athletes of the Decade by the Queensland Academy of Sport.

Duncan is strongly committed to supporting athletes as the Director of the Griffith Sports College, and he took part in the 2012 London Olympics as a mentor.

Naomi McCarthy

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Naomi is an Olympic gold medallist who represented Australia in women’s water polo for many years and was named by the Queensland Academy of Sport in the Top 10 Athletes of the Decade in 2001.

Naomi made her first Australian team while studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Griffith University in 1992, so she can relate to the journey of Griffith’s current elite athletes.

She was appointed as the manager of the Griffith Sports College in 2016 to help run the elite sports program.

Michael Shelley

Bachelor of Business

Marathon runner Michael Shelley has competed in two Commonwealth Games and one Olympic Games but is on his way to Rio this year after qualifying with the fastest two times by an Australian in 2015.

The Queensland born athlete first ran into the spotlight with a surprising silver medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in what was only his second marathon.

Two years later he made his Olympic debut in London.

Shelley claimed the marathon gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and became the first Australian to win the Commonwealth Games men's marathon since Steve Moneghetti in 1994. Shelley, who now lives on the Gold Coast, completed a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University in 2011.

Libby Trickett

Bachelor of Communications

Swimming golden girl Libby Trickett has won three gold, one silver and two bronze at three Olympic Games (2004, 2008 & 2012) and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games she took home five gold and two silver medals.

She was the world record holder in the short-course (25m) 100-metre freestyle and in 2011 was named one of the Top 10 Athletes of the Decade by the Queensland Academy of Sport.

Beyond her aquatic life, Libby is the proud recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia. During her peak swimming career Libby was also studying a Bachelor of Communications at Griffith University.

Deborah Acason

Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Weightlifter Deborah Acason had the choice of studying at Harvard or at Griffith University. Deborah chose Griffith to study a double degree in Law at Griffith between 2002 and 2010 so she could focus on her weight lifting career. To this day she doesn’t regret the decision.

She has since competed at four Commonwealth Games. She is the only Griffith student - past or present - to have participated in four Games.

From her four Commonwealth Games she netted gold (Melbourne 2006), three silver medals and a bronze. She also competed in the Athens and Beijing Olympics.

Emma McKeon

Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Emma lived up to her name as the golden girl of Australian swimming after an amazing performance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

She took home a gold in the 4x100m relay with a new world record, a silver in the 4x100m medley relay, a silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

McKeon has a family steeped in swimming success and emerged in her own right at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games with a stunning tally of four gold and two bronze medals.

McKeon has a unique connection to the 1982 Commonwealth Games – both her parents (Ron McKeon and the then Susie Woodhouse) were members of the Australian swim team at those Games.

Cameron McEvoy

Bachelor of Science (honours)

Nicknamed 'The Professor', Cameron McEvoy is well known for his achievements in the pool and at University.

His swimming highlights include; representing at the 2012 Olympics in London; silver at the 2015 World Swimming Championships and gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Cameron won two bronze, one for the 4x100 freestyle relay and the other for the heat swim of the 4x100 medley relay.

Rowan Crothers

Bachelor of Public Relations and Communications

Rowan is an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy League and was the first recipient of the prestigious Griffith University and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Sporting Excellence Scholarship.

Rowan holds numerous world records in his para swimming class and won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In his debut for Australia at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Rowan competed in the men’s s1050m, 100m and 400m freestyle events, placing fifth in the men’s 100m freestyle.

Domonic Bedggood

Bachelor of Sport Development

Starting as a gymnast, Dom has moved to the sport of diving after breaking his back and has had a huge impact in such a short period of time.

After winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with his synchro partner Matthew Mitcham, Dom continued his strong performance through to the Rio Olympics representing Australia in the men’s diving, 10m platform where he placed 12th in the finals.

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