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Several alumni participating in 2012 Olympic Games

 
2012-07-20

Eight Queen’s alumni are among the Canadians preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games. This group of dedicated alumni are competing or supporting competitors in rowing, sailing and track and field.

Gordon Cook, Sc’02, makes his second consecutive appearance at an Olympic Games. He is competing in the 49er class with partner Hunter Lowden. The pair has notable top-10 finishes at international races such as the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta and the Delta Lloyd Regatta. They also finished in the top 25 at the World Championships in 2010.

John Curtis, Artsci’90, Law’95, competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics and spent a year working as High Performance Manager and General Counsel at the Canadian Yachting Association afterwards. He is a mediation lawyer based in Kingston and a sessional instructor in alternative dispute resolution at Queen’s. He’ll be attending the 2012 Games as part of the support team, reporting to the Canadian media and acting in a legal capacity if required.

Greg Douglas, who attended the engineering program at Queen’s in 2008-09 is competing in sailing. Greg sails in a single-handed heavyweight men’s dinghy called a Finn. He worked as a race coach at Kingston Yacht Club during the 2009 season, and saw success locally when he won the 2011 Canadian Finn Championship here.

Morgan Jarvis, Artsci’05, MSc’08, Law’10, has competed at five World Championships in rowing—three senior and two Under-23. This is his first Olympic Games. Morgan started rowing at high school in New Zealand (NZ) when his father’s work as Canadian High Commissioner to NZ took the Jarvis family there between 1990 and 1994.

Richard Lee, Sc’85, a Vancouver-based running coach, has coached fellow alumnus Dylan Wykes in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. Richard, a former varsity track and field athlete, also coached his wife, Sue, to an eighth-place finish in the women's 10,000 metres at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, one of Canada’s best international results in long-distance running.

Stefanie Reid, Artsci’06, is a long jumper and sprinter. A former rugby player, Stef lost her right foot in a boating accident as a teenager. While studying at Queen’s, she switched her focus to track and field, competing for the varsity team by her fourth year. Stef represented Canada in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games where she won bronze in the 200-metre dash; she is representing Great Britain in the upcoming 2012 Paralympic Games.

Michael Wilkinson, Sc’08, Artsci’09, is competing at the Olympic level in rowing for the first time, alongside fellow alumnus Morgan Jarvis. Michael’s performance at the 2011 World Championships in the men’s double sculls earned Canada an entry into the event at this year’s games. Michael’s sister Lauren is also competing in this year’s Olympics as a member of the women’s eight crew.

Dylan Wykes, MSc ’11, is competing for Canada in the men’s marathon. Dylan has been running competitively since high school and set a personal best of 2:10:47 at the recent Rotterdam Marathon. He now trains with a small group of runners in Vancouver under the guidance of his coach, Queen’s alumnus and former track and field varsity star Richard Lee.

For more information about the 2012 Canada Olympic Team, visit the official website.

 

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