Old Collegians on Olympic Stage

August 01, 2016 at 9:42 AM

Saint Kentigern will be represented by four Old Collegians at the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro! 49er sailor, Blair Tuke is heading to his second Olympics after winning a silver medal with teammate Peter Burling at London in 2012. The pair is unbeaten in the 49er class in the last four years, winning 27 consecutive regattas!

Teddy Stanaway has been named in the All Blacks Sevens team for the sport’s introduction at the Olympics. After graduating in 2007, Teddy made his provincial debut for Auckland the following year and captained the Cook Islands at the U20 World Championships. In 2009, he was part of the World Champion New Zealand U20 side. He has made the most of his chances in the All Blacks Sevens after being called in as an injury replacement to make his debut at the Cape Town tournament last December. A powerful runner, his consistent form saw him rewarded with four appearances in the black jersey in the 2015/16 season, and subsequently Olympic selection!

Old Collegian Marcus Daniell and doubles partner Michael Venus are the first Kiwi males to qualify for the Olympics since Brett Steven at Atlanta in 1996. Currently ranked 59th in the world in doubles, Marcus and regular playing partner, fellow Kiwi Artem Sitak, won the ATP World Tour tournament at Stuttgart, Germany earlier this year.

Rick Dodson is competing in the Paralympics as part of the Kiwi Gold Sailing team. Rick, who was the on-board strategist for Team New Zealand's successful 1995 challenge and 2000 defence of the America's Cup, will skipper a three-man crew in the keelboat Sonar class. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 19 years ago and took up para-sailing in 2012.

Good luck to all of our Old Collegians competing on sport’s biggest stage!

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Teddy was cruelly ruled out of the NZ Men's Sevens team after sustaining an injury on the eve of the tournament. 

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