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Finish Hard!

29 Jul 2022
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With the XXII Commonwealth Games underway in Birmingham, we feature our three Old Boy athletes.
With the XXII Commonwealth Games underway in Birmingham, we feature our three Old Boy athletes.

Nick Malouf (2010) was a member of the Churchie 1st XV in both 2009 and 2010. He is now the current Australian captain of the Men’s Rugby 7s team. Nick has been part of the Australian 7s setup for most of the past decade, since being drafted into the team in 2012 and making his debut in the Dubai tournament that year. In the current 2021/22 season, he has played in six of the eight tournaments, the most recent of which saw Australia win in London. This will be Nick’s first Commonwealth Games, but he has competed at two Olympic Games. His first Olympics was in 2016 in Rio where Australia finished 8th after being beaten by eventual bronze medallists South Africa and then in Tokyo where Australia were beaten in the quarter finals by eventual gold medallists, Fiji. The Rugby 7s competition kicks off on Friday 29 July.

Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017) has long shown potential to perform at the highest level and since his time as a champion swimmer at Churchie he has certainly delivered. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, he achieved a childhood dream of winning an Olympic Gold Medal. A feat which he achieved in in Olympic record time. In May, at the 2022 Australian Championships in Adelaide, also in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, Zac broke the world record in a time of 2:05.95. Then last month at the 2022 FINA World Championships, Zac eclipsed the field again clocking a time of 2:07.07. This will be the second time Zac has competed at a Commonwealth Games, having already competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 only a few months after leaving school. The Swimming competition kicks off on Friday 29 July.

Ky Robinson (2019), also a champion athlete at Churchie, represented Australia at the recently concluded World Athletics Championships in Eugene, USA. He ran extremely well in his debut at an international championship, finishing seventh in his heat of the 5000 m to narrowly miss the final, showing that he very much belongs at the international level. This is Ky’s first Commonwealth Games competition. He will be competing in two events, the 5000 metres and the 10000 metres. His first run is on Saturday 6 August (UK time).

We wish Nick, Zac and Ky the best of luck in their respective events. As Churchie’s founding Headmaster Canon Morris was often heard to say: “Finish Hard!”

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