Science grads compete at London Olympics

20 July 2012
Alexis Pritchard and Dean Couzins (Pictures courtesy of the New Zealand Olympic Committee)

Two alumni from the Faculty of Science will be competing at the London Olympics, which begins next week.

Alexis Pritchard will write her name in the history books as being the first woman to represent New Zealand in women’s boxing at the Olympics, with the sport being added to the Games for the first time.

Men’s Black Sticks defender Dean Couzins will make his third appearance at the Olympic Games. Dean is one of the most experienced players in the team, having been capped 250 times, and will captain the team as they push for a playoffs spot.

“It’s great to be able to follow the progress of our graduates,” says Louis Rattray, Director for Sport and Recreation. “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.”

Alexis will compete in the women’s Light division, which starts on 6 August (NZ time).

The Black Sticks, in Group B of the men’s hockey competition, have games against Korea (31 July), India (2 August), the Netherlands (4 August), Belgium (6 August) and Germany (8 August). The top two teams in each pool qualify for the semi-finals.