Business School well represented at London Olympics

20 July 2012

A student and five alumni from The University of Auckland Business School are in London to compete at the Olympic Games.

Teneale Hatton, who is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in International Business, will be competing in the Women’s K1 500m canoe sprint and has strong form heading into the Games, having only switched over to the K1 a year ago.

Footballers Alex Feneridis (Commerce) and Ian Hogg (Property) will be part of the Oly Whites, which is the New Zealand U23 men’s football team joined by three senior players including All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen.

Mahe Drysdale and Peter Taylor, who both graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, will represent New Zealand on the water. Mahe, now at his third Olympic campaign, is looking to add to his bronze medal in the single sculls at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Peter is going into his second Olympic campaign in the lightweight double sculls, paired with Storm Uru. The duo enter these Olympics in good form having won gold, silver and bronze medals at world championship meets over the past three years.

Jenna Hansen (Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Commerce) will be teaming up with current Bachelor of Engineering student Stephanie Hazard in the women’s match racing in the Eliot 6m class.

The University’s Director for Sport and Recreation, Louis Rattray, says it is great to be able to follow the progress of these students and graduates.

“We have a number of talented high performance athletes who come through the University and it’s good to acknowledge their achievements and successes. I wish our alumni the best of success and will be following their progress over the next few weeks.”

The heats for the women’s K1 500m sprint begin on 8 August with finals scheduled for 10 August.

The Oly Whites are in Group C and have games against Belarus (27 July), Egypt (30 July) and Brazil (2 August). The top two teams from each group will progress to the quarterfinals.

The heats for the men’s single sculls are on 29 July with finals scheduled for 4 August. The men’s lightweight double sculls heats begin on 30 July with the final scheduled for 5 August.

The round robin for the women’s match racing in Elliott 6m takes place from 30 July to 5 August, with brackets starting from 8 to 12 August.

All dates are New Zealand time.