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Six USC athletes are competing in Tokyo Games

23 Jul 2021

The University of the Sunshine Coast is cheering on its six athletes competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the sports of swimming, marathon swimming, softball and cycling.

Profiles on each of the athletes are featured on our special Aiming for Games Glory webpage, which also includes an interview with a USC student who plans to one day represent Australia in the new Olympic sport of surfing.

There are two USC students competing in Tokyo, with Master of Teaching (Secondary) student Kaia Parnaby in the Australian softball team and Computer Science student William (Bill) Thorley representing Hong Kong in the 10km open water marathon swimming.

Two USC alumni are in the mix, with Sport and Exercise Science graduate Leah Neale part of the Australian 4x200m freestyle team and Primary Education graduate Kareena Lee in the 10km open water marathon swimming. (The image of Kareena, above, has been provided by Swimming Australia)

And there are two representatives of USC's High Performance Sporting teams: USC Spartans Swimming Club member Kaylee McKeown in the 100m and 200m backstroke events; and Pro Racing Sunshine Coast track cyclist Maeve Plouff in the team pursuit event and possibly the Madison relay.

The remaining schedule of events for the USC-affiliated athletes is below (with times all in AEST):

Monday 26 July

Kaylee McKeown in 100m backstroke semi-finals from 12.53pm.

Kaia Parnaby in Australian team, softball opening round against Mexico at 9pm.

Tuesday 27 July

MAYBE: Kaylee McKeown in 100m backstroke final at 11.51am.

MAYBE: Softball bronze medal game at 2pm or Softball gold medal game at 9pm.

Wednesday 28 July

Leah Neale in 4x200m freestyle relay heats from 9:34pm.

Thursday 29 July

Kaylee McKeown in 200m backstroke heats from 9.08pm.

Leah Neale in 4x200m freestyle relay heats from 1.31pm.

Friday 30 July

MAYBE: Kaylee McKeown in 200m backstroke semi-finals from 12.35pm.

Saturday 31 July

MAYBE: Kaylee McKeown in 200m backstroke final 11.37am.

Sunday 1 August

POSSIBLY: Kaylee McKeown in the 4x100m medley relay 12.15pm.

Monday 2 August

MAYBE: Maeve Plouff in women’s team pursuit qualifying race at 4.54pm.

Tuesday 3 August

Maeve Plouff in women’s team pursuit first round heats from 3.30pm.

MAYBE: Maeve Plouff in women’s team pursuit finals from 5.05pm.

Wednesday 4 August

Kareena Lee in women’s 10km marathon swimming at 7.30am.

POSSIBLY: Maeve Plouff in women’s Madison final at 5.15pm. Link here.

Thursday 5 August

William (Bill) Thorley, competing for Hong Kong in men’s 10km marathon swimming at 7.30am.

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