There’ll be a glint of gold when Canberra’s Commonwealth Games stars return home from the Gold Coast.
Jesse Aungles will be sporting a gold medal after his win in the men’s swimming SM8 200m Individual Medley, edging out his friend and fellow Australian Blake Cochrane.
Aungles’ win bettered his 2014 silver medal in the same event at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Fellow University of Canberra student Mitchell Morgans (pictured above) managed an impressive performance in Gymnastics, finishing 11th in the Parallel Bars and 22nd overall in the Horizontal Bar while the Australian team finished fifth overall.
In Athletics, Carly Salmon was one of three Australians to make the final of the Womens T35 100 metres. She finished fourth, with world record-holder and teammate Isis Holt taking the gold and Brianna Coop taking bronze behind Scotland’s Maria Lyle.
Lauren Wells kept up a busy pace, finishing competition on Saturday night as fourth leg of the Australian 4 x 400 metres Relay team, which placed fifth. Earlier in the week she had competed in the finals of the Long Jump, placing 11th overall. She had also narrowly missed out on the final of the womens 400 metres Hurdles.
Competing in his second Commonwealth Games, James Nipperess equalled his 2014 result in the 3000m Steeplechase and placed ninth overall.
Each of these athletes balances their sporting careers with studies at the University of Canberra.
Gold medallist Aungles says the University’s support has helped him to manage his sporting career alongside his studies.
“Balancing study and sport is tough,” he said ahead of the games. “Studying has always been the most important thing to me. It’s the investment that will look after me after my career as an athlete comes to an end.”
The University is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network and has agreements with the Australian Sports Commission and the ACT Academy of Sport to support its students.
Also, the University recently appointed Olympic and seven-time WNBL championship-winning coach Carrie Graf as its first Director of Sport.
She said the University is determined to foster the right environment for students who want to balance sporting careers and studies.
“There’s so much potential for sport to play a bigger part in university life,” she said.
“Our students being involved in the Commonwealth Games is proof we are on the right track.”