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Young guns

Hamish Peacock is proof of how student power is dominating the medal tally

Peacock family
In the genes: (From left), John, Huw, Hamish and Evan Peacock.

By Peter Cochrane

University of Tasmania student Hamish Peacock is a prime example of a significant shift in medal-winning performances by Australian athletes over the past decade.

An Australian University Sport report has revealed that student-athletes now dominate the medal tallies. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, 63 per cent of the medals won by Australia went to student-athletes.

Similar studies in the UK and the US show even higher student-athlete medal percentages than those recorded by Australia.

Hamish, 23, claimed the bronze medal in the javelin event with an 81.75m throw, the second-longest throw of his career, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

He competed in Glasgow alongside his brother Huw, who represented Australia in the hammer throw. Their father, Evan Peacock, coached the pair, while their grandfather John helps with their conditioning.

"It's pretty special. You dream when you're younger about representing your country and performing on the big stage, so to do that I'm just stoked and hopefully can go on to bigger and better things,'' Hamish said after his medal-winning throw.

In his fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), he holds a Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship and is the University of Tasmania Sportsman of the Year.

Huw Peacock is in his third year of a Bachelor of Social Science and Dr Evan Peacock, who completed his PhD at the University, is Director of the Central Science Laboratory. John Peacock is also an alumnus.