Image: Emma McKeon, via Birmingham2022.com
The Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) alumni have won 16 medals at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, including ten gold, four silver and two bronze.
The 20 RAS graduates competed across seven sports, with 60% of these athletes returning home from the Games with a medal.
Emma McKeon, past Illawarra Academy of Sport (IAS) athlete, continued with her phenomenal form in the pool claiming a staggering six gold medals, one silver and one bronze in Birmingham. McKeon’s medal tally broke records for most career gold medals (14) and most career medals (20) at the Commonwealth Games. Her eight overall medals in Birmingham also equalled the record for most medals at a single Games, and her six gold medals equalled the record for most gold medals at a single Games.
Fellow IAS graduate and Dolphins teammate, Jasmine Greenwood won gold in women’s 200m individual medley SM10.
The Kookaburras proved their dominance on the hockey pitch as they continued their record of never losing a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games when the Australian Men’s Hockey team, featuring Matthew Dawson (CCAS/HAS), Blake Govers (IAS) and Flynn Ogilvie (IAS), blitzed India 7-0 in the final.
Jesse Southwell (HAS) and the Australian Women’s Sevens side claimed gold with a 22-12 win over Fiji, becoming the first team to lose a pool game and win gold.
RAS alumni, Paige Hadley (WSAS) and Ashleigh Brazill (SWSAS) won gold with the Diamonds in a thrilling 55-51 victory over Jamaica in the netball final, creating history in winning Australia’s 1000th Commonwealth Games gold.
“With RAS sitting in 8th position if we were a country, we are incredibly proud to see our network graduates produce outstanding performances, contributing to 15% of Australia’s gold and 9% of Australia’s total medal count. It is a fantastic reward to represent Australia on the world stage following years of hard work, determination and persistence,” Chair of RAS, Brett O’Farrell said.
“These athletes inspire our current cohort mainly aged between 14 and 17 years of age, and we look forward to seeing them follow in their footsteps as we lead towards the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, and Brisbane 2032 Olympics.”
RAS was proud to be represented in the Green and Gold by:
Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS):
- Matt Dawson – Gold Men’s Hockey
- Bradley Woodward –
- Silver Men’s 200m backstroke
- Silver Men’s 4x 100m Medley Relay
- Bronze Men’s 100m Backstroke
- Nicola Olyslagers – Athletics (High Jump)
Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS):
- Matt Dawson – Gold Men’s Hockey
- Mariah Williams – Silver Women’s Hockey
- Jesse Southwell – Gold Women’s Rugby Sevens
- Natasha Van Eldik – Lawn Bowls
Illawarra Academy of Sport (IAS):
- Emma McKeon –
- Gold Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
- Gold Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay
- Gold 50m Freestyle
- Gold 50m Butterfly
- Gold 4 x 100m Mixed Freestyle Relay
- Gold 4 x 100m Mixed Medley Relay
- Silver 100m Butterfly
- Bronze 100m Freestyle
- Jasmine Greenwood – Gold Women’s 200m IM SM10
- Blake Govers – Gold Men’s Hockey
- Flynn Ogilvie – Gold Men’s Hockey
- Grace Stewart – Silver Women’s Hockey
- Sarah Carli – Athletics (400m Hurdles)
- Caleb Ewan – Cycling (Road Race) – withdrew due to injury
North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS):
- Cameron Pilley – Squash
- Donna Lobban – Squash
- Ryan Cuskelly – Squash
Southern Sports Academy (SSA):
- Jocelyn Bartram – Silver Women’s Hockey
- Corey Toole – Men’s Rugby Sevens
- Indiana Cooper – Women’s T37/T38 100m
South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS):
- Ashleigh Brazill – Gold Netball
Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS):
- Paige Hadley – Gold Netball
Image: Cameron Pilley, via Squash Australia