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The Golden Student - Sian Whittaker

30 August 2017

 Sian Whittaker
Aussie F-Teamer Sian Whittaker prepping herself before a big training session prior to the World Uni Games in Taipei

For many University students, it's hard enough waking up in time for that 8am lecture. For Australian F-Teamer Sian Whittaker, she has already completed her morning training before even heading out the door to start class. The early sessions in the pool paid off for the backstroke superstar last week as she represented Australia at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei to secure a top place podium finish.

Sian Whittaker
Big smiles for our golden student, Sian as she took home 2 Gold medals from the World Uni Games

Stepping up to the blocks in her first event, the 200m backstroke, Sian was ready to represent Australia and Deakin University, smashing it out in the finals with a time of 2:09.50 to grab the gold!

"I didn't go in with any expectations to take home a medal, I had goals for the times I wanted and was just hoping to get a good result" said Sian.

Sian training for the World Uni Games
Sian training for the World Uni Games

Following her success in the 200m backstroke, Sian dove into the 100m backstroke event against fellow F-Teamer and Team GB's Kathryn Greenslade. Already going home with a heavier suitcase, Sian added to this by putting forward her best performance during the race, taking out a first place podium finish and another gold medal with a time of 1:00.14!

"I thought I had a good chance for the 200m backstroke, as that is my main event, but the 100m backstroke was a big surprise to me!"

Congratulations to Sian for her amazing efforts throughout The World Uni Games!

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