Griffith University: A Commonwealth Games medals bonanza for Griffith

Griffith University would have placed fifth just behind India and in front of New Zealand if it competed as country after its athletes won 48 medals in total at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

A record contingent of Griffith students and alumni competed over the past two weeks, a near 20 per cent increase on representation from Gold Coast 2018.

General Manager of Griffith Sports College Naomi McCarthy OAM said 49 athletes from Griffith certainly represented the university and Australia with pride, with an incredible 58 medals won by 29 Griffith athletes in 48 events

“There were so many stand out performances including Emma McKeon being crowned the best Commonwealth Games athlete of all time with 20 career medals and Madison de Rozario two gold-winning races in the Women’s T53/54 marathon and the Women’s 1500m T53/54,” Ms McCarthy said.

“Cody Simpson walked away as a dual-medallist after being part of the winning men’s 4x100m freestyle relay and silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.

“Kristina Clonan won gold in the velodrome in the women’s 500m time trial, and Cara Koenen and Gretel Bueta were part of the epic Diamonds team which won gold in the women’s netball, with Cara and Gretel scoring 52 of Australia’s 55 goals in that game.

“Ella Sablijak was part of the women’s wheelchair basketball 3×3 team which won silver, and Matt Denny claimed gold in the men’s discus.”

In total, the Griffith ‘mini army’ had 58 medallists – 31 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze medals.

Ms McCarthy said the performance of our athletes is testament to the elite sports training program offered by the university.

“The results speak for themselves, and future elite athletes know the access to facilities, support while studying at Griffith, coaching staff and trainers will be on par with the best in the world.

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