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Olympic update on our Curtin students

[Posted: 12 Aug 2016]

Women's Hockey

Hockeyroos win

The Hockeyroos had their first win on Day 5 recording a 6-1 victory over India - with a goal each from Curtin students Kathryn Slattery, Jane-Anne Claxton and Georgie Parker. Continuing this form they gained another victory against world two side Argentina, 1-0 with Curtin student Emily Smith securing the win scoring early in the third quarter moving Australia into third place in the pool, despite their loss early in the week to USA. 

Australia will next take on Japan on Saturday night at 7:30 pm for their fifth and final match before finals begin on Sunday 14 August, 6:30 am Perth time.

Curtin student athletes:

Jane-Anne Claxton - Bachelor of Science - Occupational Therapy

Georgie Parker - Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts

Brooke Peris - Bachelor of Education - Primary Education

Emily Smith - Bachelor of Commerce

Kathryn Slattery - Bachelor of Agribusiness

Grace Stewart - Bachelor of Education - Secondary Education

Men’s Hockey


The Australians defeated Great Britain 2-1 in an epic final quarter battle – one of the two Goals scored was from our own Curtin student Aran Zalewski. Having lost to Belgium earlier in the week, the last pool match against Brazil will determine their quarter-final destiny on Friday at 8:30 pm (7:30 am Perth time, Saturday).

Curtin Student Athletes:

Matthew Swann - Bachelor of Commerce - Finance & Accounting

Aran Zalewski – Bachelor of Commerce - Finance and Marketing

Simon Orchard – Bachelor of Commerce - PR & Journalism

Men’s Water Polo

Water polo

The Australian men’s water polo team has produced a spirited comeback to earn a 9-9 draw with nine-time Olympic champion Hungary on Day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Adding to this on Day 5, Australia recorded an 8-6 victory to Japan. There biggest battle is yet to come, facing gold medal favourites Serbia at 9.10 pm Perth time on Saturday evening, followed by Greece at 1.10 am on Monday evening.

Student Athletes:

Aaron Younger - Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting 

Joel Swift - Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting and Finance

Women’s Water Polo

Womens water polo

The Australian women’s water polo team has kick started their Rio campaign with a dominant 14-4 win over Russia on Day 4 with Curtin student alumni and third time Olympian Gemma Beadsworth scoring 2 goals for the Australian team and fellow team mate and Curtin student alumni Glencora McGhie also scoring 1 goal. The team was then defeated by Italian rivals in a tight game 7-8, Curtin student and Olympic debutant, Zoe Arancini scored 1 goal contributing to Australia’s final score but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for them to take the win.

The teams’ next clash will be against Brazil Saturday morning, 11:40 am 13th August, 10:40 pm Perth time.

Curtin Students:

Zoe Arancini – Bachelor of Science - Laboratory Medicine

Gemma Beadsworth - Bachelor of Commerce - Graduate

Glencora McGhie - Dental Therapy - Graduate



WA rower and Curtin alumni Rhys Grant has safely earned passage to the semi finals of the men’s single scull at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after finishing second in the first quarter final on Day 4 to book his spot. Rhys has now secured himself a place in Thursday’s semi finals race.

Curtin student:  Rhys Grant - Civil & Construction Engineering Graduate



WA sailor and Curtin student Carrie Smith and her crew Jaime Ryan held 12th position overall after the opening day of competition in the women’s 470. After a tough day of racing the two placed 11th in the first race of the day and later experiencing a capsize seeing them finish in 17th place.

The two will take off for race 5 at 1:15 pm today (13th August 12:15am, Perth time).

Curtin Student: Carrie Smith - Bachelor of Arts - Urban and Regional Planning