Massey University student-athletes have finished the Olympic Games with three gold and three bronze medals.
The tally would place Massey 27th on the medal table if it were a country. The University gained more medals than Argentina, Poland, Turkey and Canada.
Rowers Hamish Bond (Bachelor of Business Studies graduate) and Eric Murray (Bachelor of Communication) claimed gold in the men’s pair while the lightweight double sculls of Storm Uru (Master of Management) and Peter Taylor (Post Graduate Diploma in Sport Management) won bronze. Rebecca Scown (Post Graduate Diploma in Sport Management graduate) also picked up a bronze medal in the women’s pair with her partner Juliet Haigh. Jo Aleh (Bachelor of Information Science) won a gold medal in the women’s 470 with partner Olivia Powrey, while Simon van Velthooven (Bachelor of Applied Science) won bronze in the men’s keirin. Lisa Carrington (Bachelor of Arts) wrapped up the games with gold in the K1 200m kayak event.
Massey University students and graduates accounted for 52 of the 184 New Zealand team members. As well as the competitors, a number of graduates are involved in venue management, and Professor Gary Hermansson is the New Zealand team’s psychologist in what was his eighth consecutive Olympic and Commonwealth Games.