8 August 2022: Three University of Canberra students successfully competed in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with one bringing home a medal from UK host city Birmingham.
The students – Josh Katz, Jesse Moore, and Corey Toole – qualified for the Judo, Gymnastics, and Rugby 7’s respectively and competed early in the competition schedule, finishing with great results.
Mr Katz received the bronze medal in the Judo Men's 60kg category, while Mr Toole’s Rugby Sevens team finished fourth, with bronze going to New Zealand. Unfortunately, Mr Moore was forced to pull out after only a few rounds due to injury, ending his time at the Games.
“We are immensely proud of the three athletes who not only represented their country, but also represented UC at the Commonwealth Games,” University of Canberra Director of Sport Carrie Graf said.
“All three of these athletes are supported by our Elite Athlete Program, and we hope the support provided to them benefits their further pursuits in major competitions.”
The University’s Elite Athlete Program supports students who are completing their studies while also training and competing at a high level across a variety of sports.
Judoka Josh Katz is completing a double degree in Sports Management and Sport and Exercise Science, and said it’s important to him that he prioritises an education, as well as his sport.
“Starting at UC came at a great time, when I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to study given my sporting commitments,” Mr Katz said.
“It was really great that UC was able to work with my training and competition schedule.”
The 2022 Commonwealth Games took place in Birmingham from 28 July – 8 August. Three current students and many University of Canberra alumni were involved in competitive and administrative capacities.