From Deakin to Tokyo: VC congratulates competing students and alumni

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22 July 2021

On the eve of the official opening of the 2020 Olympic Games, Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin has sent a message of congratulations to members of the Deakin community competing in Tokyo.

Several Deakin students and alumni will compete against the world’s best athletes in sports including basketball, rowing and swimming.

Professor Martin said it was inspiring to see Deakin athletes among the sportspeople representing Australia.

"On behalf of the Deakin community, I congratulate each of the athletes on being selected to compete in the Games. We wish them every success," Professor Martin said.

"Competing in the Olympics is a significant accomplishment at the best of times. However, to do so against the backdrop of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding these pandemic-affected Games is genuinely outstanding.

"It is a testimony to their strength, determination and resilience. I hope that it also points to the supportive environment the University provides for elite athletes as they balance their studies and sporting commitments and reflects on Deakin's strengths in sport education and research.

"While there may not be spectators in the stands at Tokyo, our athletes can rest assured that the Deakin community will be cheering them on from their loungerooms."

Deakin athletes competing in Tokyo include


  • Hana Basic- Athletics
  • Eziyoda ‘Ezi’ Magbegor - Basketball
  • Alex Viney– Rowing
  • Campbell Watts - Rowing


  • Rebecca Allen - Basketball
  • Rhydian Cowley- Athletics
  • Blake Edwards - Water polo
  • Henry Frayne - Athletics
  • Jessica Hansen - Swimming
  • Jeffrey Riseley- Athletics
  • Lucy Stephan- Rowing
  • Brooke Stratton- Athletics
  • Rowie Webster - Water polo

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