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2012 London Olympics are here!

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Staff at KOM are excited about the upcoming London Olympics. With only two days away until the opening ceremony, we thought we would highlight some Olympic hopefuls that are students attending our partner universities in Australia.

Harrison Peacock, from University of Canberra, is part of Australia’s ‘Volleyroos’ team that defied the odds by qualifying for this year’s Olympic Games in London. Peacock dreamed of debuting at the Olympic Games in 2016 as part of the indoor men’s volleyball team, but the University of Canberra student has achieved his goal four years earlier. The Volleyroos were not expected to make it to the Olympics and are going into the Olympics as underdogs because out of the 12 teams in their competition they have the lowest world ranking of 22. This only puts them ahead of automatic qualifiers Great Britain (at 92), but Peacock said they’re not letting this get to them.   

Sometimes dreams come true more than once, as proven by University of Canberra student and swimmer Sally Foster, who will compete in her second Olympic Games in London. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008 Foster just missed out on the 200m breaststroke final, finishing in ninth place. She said she is determined to make the final this time in the same event.

“I have a goal to make the top three, a medal is what I’m aiming for, you have to aim high when you’re competing in the Olympic Games,” she said.

University of Canberra student James ‘The Rocket’ Roberts is set for take off on his Olympic Games debut, competing in the 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay in London.

Roberts said “relief” would be the best word to describe how he felt when he qualified. “It would have to be one of the happiest moments of my life, looking up at the scoreboard and knowing all of my hard work and sacrifice had paid off,” he said. The 21-year-old clocked the second fastest time in the 100m freestyle Olympic trials, pipped at the post by Australia’s own James ‘The Missile’ Magnussen.

James Clark, a 21-year-old Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Property) student at UWS, is making his Olympic debut as the Goalkeeper in the Australian men’s Water Polo team. James joined the Senior International Water Polo team in 2012 and impressed the Olympic selectors with outstanding performances in the Water Polo Pan Pacs in Melbourne and the International Series in Sydney.

Also joining the Australian Olympic team in London is 24-year-old Dani Samuels – a former UWS Bachelor of Arts student who is a major gold medal contender in the women’s Discus Throw event. London will be the second Olympic Games Dani Samuels, who also represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has also previously won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and, more recently, has placed 1st at the 2012 National Championships. Dani formerly studied at the UWS Bankstown campus before putting her studies on hold to focus on her sporting career and was formerly a member of the University’s Elite Athlete Support and Assistance (EASA) Program.