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Elite athletes head to the Olympics

Four students from the Faculty of Health Sciences have successfully combined their studies with rigorous and demanding training schedules to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. The elite athletes will now compete against the best in the world in their chosen fields.

Jane-Anne Claxton is a midfielder in the Australian Women’s Hockey Team.
Jane-Anne Claxton is a midfielder in the Australian Women’s Hockey Team.

Occupational therapy student, Jane-Anne Claxton, is a midfielder in the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, and is competing at the Olympics for the first time. Psychology student, Steve Bird, is a K1 200M paddler who competed at the 2012 London Olympics, medical imaging student, Zoe Arancini, is a member of the Water Polo team and makes her Olympic debut at Rio and social work student, Michael Hartnett, is part of the Wheelchair Basketball Team. Michael played in the gold medal winning team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and the silver medal winning team at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Also competing at the games are architecture student, Katherine Downie, who is in the Australian Paralympic Swimming Squad, engineering student, Amie Thompson, who is part of the Australian Synchronised Swimming Team and public relations/journalism student, Simon Orchard, who will be competing as a midfielder in the Australian Men’s Hockey Team. A number of other Curtin students will be competing at the Games, as well as three Curtin graduates.

Steve Bird is a K1 200M Paddler.
Steve Bird is a K1 200M Paddler.

The Olympic Games are from 5-21 August 2016 and the Paralympic Games are from 7-18 September 2016. We congratulate all our athletes on their exceptional achievements to date, and wish them every success in Rio. A video of some of our athletes can be seen here. A Curtin profile of Jane-Anne Claxton can be seen here.