Games wrap-up: across the 11 days of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the John Paul College family united to cheer on four alumni athletes and their display of athleticism, humility, courage and sportsmanship.
Mitch Larkin (2010) became one of only two Australian males to win five gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games. An outstanding role model in every regard, Mitch’s gold medals in all three backstroke events (50m, 100m and 200m); in the 200m individual medley and in the medley relay cemented his position as one of Australia’s swimming greats.
We followed Skye Nicolson’s (2013) journey as she progressed through the rounds and into the final to take gold in the 57kg featherweight boxing division. Skye honoured the memory of brothers she never had a chance to meet – her eldest brother, Jamie, himself a 1990 Commonwealth Games boxing bronze medallist.
We sent good vibes New Zealand’s way in support of Kalani Purcell’s (2012) Tall Ferns. The team’s bronze medal capped off an incredible 12 months for Kalani which included a WNBL grand final appearance with the Melbourne Boomers.
We applauded Genevieve LaCaze (2006/07) – a dual Olympian and Australia’s all-time record holder in the 3000m steeplechase. Gen’s fifth place was especially courageous given she only took her first steps in early January after a foot injury restricted her to a moon boot for four months.
Well done also to Georgia Ridler (nee Stewart, 1992) whose work behind the scenes as Lead Team Psychologist with the Australian Dolphins had them firing as a cohesive team.
Congratulations also to each and every one of the JPC family who played a role in the Games whether as a baton bearer, Games Shaper, official, performer or a member of the workforce.
Six gold, one bronze, unforgettable memories, immeasurable pride!
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