More than 20 athletes and coaches from the University of the Sunshine Coast community have been confirmed for at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, with the possibility of more being added.
While the majority of athletes are swimmers in the USC Spartans squad, other sports such as cycling, netball, basketball, athletics and lawn bowls are also represented.
Birmingham will feature the largest integrated Para sports program in the Games’ history, with UniSC High Performance Sport director Professor Brendan Burkett appointed Head Coach of Australia’s Paralympic swim team.
The Birmingham Games run from Thursday, 28 July to Monday, 8 August, and the opening and closing ceremony will take place at newly renovated Alexander Stadium.
Following on from Gold Coast 2018, the event marks the 22nd staging of the Commonwealth Games, with 280 gold medals set to be awarded, and more than 5000 other competitors expected to attend.
For USC’s contingent it will be an opportunity to build on strong results from the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, where 20 UniSC athletes and officials were in attendance.
GOLD: Sophie Edwards, Maeve Plouffe, Chloe Moran in Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit Cycling. Women's 4000m Team Pursuit Cycling results. The quartet initially set a Games record of 4:14.605 when qualifying fastest and lowered the time to 4:12.234.
SILVER: Women’s 100m Freestyle swimming Emily Beecroft. Women's 100m Freestyle swimming results. Brianna Throssell, Alexandria Perkins also raced.
QUALIFIED FOR FINALS: Brianna Throssell (2nd in second Semi Final of 200m Butterfly with 57.99, qualified for final), Alexandria Perkins (2nd in first Semi-Final of 100 Butterfly with 58.22, qualified for final) also raced.
WIN: Cara Koenan and Stephanie Wood in Australian netball team. Australia beat Barbados 95-18. Netball results.
WIN: Hannah Dodd in Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball. Australia beats Scotland 12-5. Women's Wheelchair Basketball results.
WIN: Kadie-Ann Dehaney playing netball for Jamaica beats Wales 72-43.
WIN: Hannah Dodd in Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball, Australia vs South Africa. Australia wins 21-3. Women's Wheelchair Basketball results.
SILVER: Maeve Plouffe in Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit Cycling. Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit Cycling results.
BRONZE: Jacob Templeton in Men’s 50m Freestyle. Braedan Jason also made the final and placed fourth. Men's 50m Freestyle.
WIN: Cara Koenan and Stephanie Wood in Australian Netball, v Scotland. 83-80. Netball results.
WIN: Kadie-Ann Dehaney in Jamaica Netball, Australia v South Africa 46-29. Netball results.
BRONZE: Kirralee Hayes in Women’s 50m Freestyle. Jenna Jones also made the final and placed fourth. Women's 50m Freestyle results.
BRONZE: Brianna Throssell second in Women’s 100m Butterfly final. Alexandria Perkins also made the final and placed 5th. Women's 100m Butterfly results.
FINALIST: Taylor McKeown makes Women’s 200m Breaststroke final. Women's 200m Breaststroke results. Places seventh.
BRONZE: Blake Cochrane in Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB8. Men's 100m Breaststroke results.
FINALIST: Taylor McKeown in Women’s 200m Breaststroke. Placed seventh. Women's 200m Breaststroke results.
FINALIST: Josh Yong in Men’s 100m Breaststroke
FINALIST: Alex Perkins in 50m Butterfly Heat. Placed fifth.
PROGRESSED: Josh Yong in 50m Breaststroke Heats. Placed fourth.
RACED: Josh Yong in 50m Breaststroke Semi-final. Placed sixth and did not progress.
WIN: Hannah Dodd in Women’s Wheelchair Basketball 3 x 3. Australia beat England 8-6 and through to gold medal match against Canada 5am AEST Wednesday 3rd August
FINALIST: Chloe Moran in Cycling Women's 10km Scratch Race. Placed sixth.
FINALIST: Sophie Edwards in Cycling Women's 10km Scratch Race. Placed 17th.
WIN: Stephanie Wood and Cara Koenen in Netball, Australia beats South Africa 74-49.
PLAYED: Katelyn Inch playing for New Zealand in Lawn Bowls. Lost to Malaysia 20-21 on Day 3 (Didn’t play Day 4)
WIN: Hannah Dodd in Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball, semifinals Australia v England. Australia wins 8-6. Women's Wheelchair Basketball results.
Katelyn Inch (NZ) in Women’s Pairs Lawn Bowls.
BRONZE: Keira Stephensin Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM10 finals.
SILVER: Hannah Dodd in Australian Women’s 3 x 3 Wheelchair Basketball, placings and medal matches. Aus v Canada.
BRONZE: Brianna Throssell in 200m Butterfly final.
BRONZE: Keira Stephens in Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM10 final.
WIN: Katelyn Inch (NZ) in Women’s Pairs Lawn Bowls, sectional play. NZ beats Niue 19-16.
FINALIST: Ruby Storm in Women’s 200m Freestyle S14, heats.
FINALISTS: Liam Schluter and Ben Hance in Men’s 200m Freestyle S14.
WIN: Cara Koenan and Stephanie Wood in Australian Netball, v Wales. Australia beats Wales 79-33.
WIN: Kadie-Ann Dehaney in Netball, Jamaica v Scotland. Jamaica beats Scotland 78-34.
SILVER: Ben Hance in Men’s 200m Freestyle S14, finals. Liam Schluter eighth.
FINALIST: Ruby Storm in Women’s 200m Freestyle S14, finals. Placed seventh.
TBC: Katelyn Inch (NZ) in Women’s Pairs Lawn Bowls, sectional play.
SEMI-FINALIST: Russell Taib (Malaysia) in Men’s 200m, Round 1, heat 2, qualified for semi-final.
LOSS: Cara Koenan and Stephanie Wood in Australian Netball, v Kadie-Ann Dehaney and Jamaica. Jamaica beats Australia 57-55.
WIN: Katelyn Inch (NZ) in Women’s Pairs Lawn Bowls.. NZ beats Wales 16-15 in the quarter finals, loses to England 12-19 in the semi-finals.
Cara Koenan, Stephanie Wood and Kadie-Ann Dehaney (Jamaica) Netball. No placings.
RACED: Russell Taib (Malaysia) in Men’s 200m. Placed sixth in semi-final and did not progress.
Katelyn Inch (NZ) in Women’s Pairs Lawn Bowls, medal matches, from 5.30pm
Cara Koenan, Stephanie Wood and Kadie-Ann Dehaney (Jamaica), Netball semis, 6pm-3.30am. Results here.
GOLD and SILVER: Cara Koenan and Stephanie Wood win netball final for Australia 55-51 against Jamaica. Kadie-Ann Dehaney earns silver playing for Jamaica.
USC Spartans swim team
Sunshine Coast Lightning
Australian Cycling Academy
Importantly, UniSC is not only providing a swathe of Australian representatives, but is also home to national athletes proudly wearing the colours of Jamaica, Malaysia and New Zealand. Recently, USC further entrenched its growing reputation in the sporting world by playing host to the Disability Sports Australia National Conference and the Sunshine Coast Sports Symposium.