Olympian Alana Boyd - Formal Dinner 12th April

Our guest speaker on Tuesday 12 April was dual Olympian and two-time Commonwealth Games champion Alana Boyd.

Alana won gold in the pole vault at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games; defending her gold medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She made her Olympic debut in 2008 at Beijing, placing 16th and then bettered this to 11th at the 2012 London Games.

At her Olympic debut in Beijing, Alana made Australian Olympic history when she became the first athlete to join both parents as Olympians. Her mother Denise (née Robertson) won the 200m gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and ran in two Olympic finals.  Her father and coach Ray Boyd was also a Commonwealth Games champion and dual Olympic pole vaulter.

Alana gave an inspirational address to the students at the College and highlighted the significant amount of work required to achieve what she has and what has driven her to constantly improve. She spoke of a number of injuries and disappointments she has had to overcome during her long career and the importance of persistence and hard work in achieving personal goals. Her message was certainly very relevant to students at the moment who are in the midst of mid-semester assessment.

Alana attended Immanuel Lutheran College as a student and met with a number of Cromwell students from her old school after dinner. Alana is also very familiar with UQ having graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management in 2004.

We will all be looking on with interest as Alana heads to Rio in a few months’ time buoyed by the fact she set a new Australian pole vault record earlier this year when she cleared 4.77 metres at a meet in Brisbane.

From Left: Douglas Payne, Tristan Payne, Jake Humzy, Alana Boyd, Jesse Taylor, Jaymin Pratt, Keelan Smith
Immanuel Lutheran College students with Alana Boyd (wearing her Commonwealth Games Gold Medals)