UQ physiotherapy student to participate in 2014 Commonwealth Games
The University of Queensland will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with 16 past and present students competing for gold and a staff member umpiring in the hockey.
The students and alumni will represent Australia in swimming, gymnastics, diving, athletics, triathlon and men’s rugby 7s over 11 days of competition from July 23 to August 3.
UQ alumnus, and track and field athlete Caitlin Sargent, who graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013, will be competing at her first commonwealth games.
She hopes to walk away with a medal in the 4x400m women’s relay event.
“I’ve been to world championships for athletics before but the thought of going to the Commonwealth Games raises it to a whole new level,” she said. “Like the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games are only held every four years so I am thrilled to be a part of the team.”
UQ Advantage Office Director Dr Annabelle Willox will umpire in the women’s hockey matches at the Games as part of the Welsh team.
It will be her second Commonwealth Games stint as she umpired at the Delhi Games in 2010.
UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright said it was a significant achievement to represent Australia at such a high-profile international sporting event.
“It is a great milestone to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, so it’s an honour to have many members from the UQ community competing on the world stage,” she said.
“UQ welcomes elite athletes, and has scholarships and partnerships in place to ensure our students can achieve their very best both within their chosen sports and at their studies.
“These individuals are an inspiration to others when it comes to successfully combining study with elite-level sport.
“I look forward to following our students, alumni and staff with great interest as they compete during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”
About the UQ Physiotherapy School
The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester.
Program title: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Program duration: 2 years