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Massey students shine at the Gold Coast

The men's hockey team, which includes six Massey students and alumni, celebrate winning silver on the Gold Coast. Photo credit: Photosport NZ.

Gold winning hockey player and current business student Olivia
Merry. Photo credit: Photosport NZ

Current business student Kelsey Smith shows off her gold
medal after the women's hockey final against Australia.

Dr Rachel Batty loved being part of the crew at the Games.

Massey University wishes to congratulate all of the student athletes who competed in the recent Commonwealth Games in Australia. More than 30 current students and alumni qualified for the Games and a number went on to win medals, including Graduate Diploma in Arts student Alana Barber who won silver in the 20 kilometre walk and Bachelor of Business Studies graduate and rower-turned-cyclist Hamish Bond who won bronze in the men’s individual time trial.

Massey was also well represented in team sports. Bachelor of Science graduate Samantha Charlton, along with her team mates and current students Ella Gunson, Tessa Jopp, Olivia Merry, Kelsey Smith and Elizabeth Thompson, won gold in the women’s hockey. While business graduate Hugo Inglis, sport and exercise graduate Dane Lett, business alumni Arun Panchia, and current students Harry Miskimmin, Hayden Phillips and Nic Wood won silver medals in the men’s hockey final.

Dr Rachel Batty from the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition was working at the Games, as part of the athletic events presentation team. She says it was an exciting experience to be part of the crew. “I was lucky enough to work at the Currumbin Beach Front where the race walks were held and was able to watch Alana Barber cross the finish line and receive her silver medal. The marathon was also a fantastic experience - especially the atmosphere at the start and finish line, and I worked closely with some of the athletes towards the end, helping in the recovery area.”

Overall, Massey students and alumni won 23 medals at the Games; eight gold, nine silver and six bronze.

Hockey – Womens

Samantha Charlton - Gold

Olivia Merry - Gold

Kelsey Smith - Gold

Elizabeth Thompson - Gold

Ella Gunson – Gold

Sevens Rugby - Mens

Scott Curry – Gold

Sevens Rugby - Womens

Sarah Goss - Gold

Tyla Nathan-Wong – Gold


Alana Barber - 20km walk – Silver

Hockey – Mens

Hugo Inglis - Silver

Dane Lett - Silver

Harry Miskimmin - Silver

Arun Panchia - Silver

Hayden Phillips - Silver

Nic Woods - Silver


Rushlee Buchanan – Silver

Kirstie James – Silver

Hamish Bond – Bronze

Basketball - Mens

Tom Abercrombie – Bronze

Mika Vukona – Bronze

Basketball – Womens

Deena Franklin – Bronze


Tayler Reid – mixed team relay - Bronze

Nicole Van der Kaay – mixed team relay - Bronze

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