Bond a study of success at Olympics

August 9, 2021

Bond University’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign has finished with two gold and two bronze medals.

Bond’s eight athletes competed in 12 events spanning pool, track, footy fields and sea.

Mat Belcher (Class of 2001) cemented his place as Australia’s greatest Olympic-class helm sailor by claiming gold.

Belcher, alongside teammate Mat Ryan, was dominant in the 470 class sailing event, wrapping up the gold medal with a race to spare. Full story here.

Jean van der Westhuyzen moved to Australia to study at Bond University and train with his heroes and became one himself by winning gold in the K2 1000m kayak.

The Bond University Bachelor of Business graduate claimed gold alongside teammate Tom Green, beating Germany in a thrilling final. Full story here

Alex Graham claimed two bronze medals in the men’s 4x100 and 4x200  freestyle relays, while fellow Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarship student Elijah Winnington was also a bronze medallist in the 4x200 relay.

Bondies at the Olympics:

Mat Belcher (Class of 2001 Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Project Management, Master of Valuation and Property Management)

  • Won gold in the 470 sailing.

Jean van der Westhuyzen (Class of 2018 Bachelor of Business)

  • Won gold in the K2, 1000m
  • Finished 3rd in the B Final of the K1, 1000m.

Alex Graham (Bachelor of Sports Management, MBA) Georgina Hope Rinehart Scholarship

  • Won bronze in the 4x100 Freestyle relay
  • Won bronze in the 4x200 Freestyle relay

Elijah Winnington (Bachelor of Business) Georgina Hope Rinehart Scholarship

  • Won bronze in the 4x200 Freestyle relay
  • Made the final of the 400m Freestyle – finished 7th
  • Competed in the 200 Freestyle heats - finished 7th

Maddy Gough (Bachelor of Biomedical Science) Georgina Hope Rinehart Scholarship

  • Made the final of the 1500m Freestyle – finished 8th

Jenna Strauch (Class of 2017 Bachelor of Biomedical Science) Georgina Hope Rinehart Scholarship

  • Made the semi-finals of the 200 Breaststroke, just missed the final. Finished 9th

Alex Beck (Class of 2010 Bachelor of Exercise Science, Doctor of Physiotherapy)

  • Ran a PB in the 400m heats, narrowly missed the semi-finals

Maddison Levi (played for Bond in AFLW and AON Uni7s)

  • Scored two tries on Australian debut, knocked out in the quarter finals