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University alumni take on world’s best in Rio

Several University of Tasmania’s alumni will take on the world’s best during this month’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Olympic dreams will be realised in the worldwide multi-sport competition, where competitors will take to events to vie for line honours.

Bachelor of Engineering/MBA student Meaghan Volker will make her Olympic debut, joining the women’s eight rowing.

An award-winning student, Meaghan recently returned to Australia and started rowing with the women’s eight after spending three years in America, where she rowed and studied at UCLA.

Javelin thrower Hamish Peacock (B.Eng Civil, Honours) continues his international sporting career after qualifying for the Rio Games in May.

His efforts have seen him compete at the 2013 and 2015 IAAF world championships, and winning bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Hamish’s dad and coach, Dr Evan Peacock (PhD, SET, 1996), has also been selected as one of the team’s coaches to travel to Rio.

Dr Peacock is the Director of the University’s Central Science Laboratory (CSL).

This year’s Olympics will be the fourth for rower Kerry Hore (BPharm, 2005), who will make Australian history as she becomes the first female rower to compete in four Olympic Games (Athens, Beijing, London).

She was part of the last women’s crew to win a medal for Australia at an Olympic Games.

Published on: 05 Aug 2016 2:14pm