Our Olympians chase gold
SOUTH GIPPSLAND will be getting its fair share of Olympic action in the coming days with four elite athletes from the area competing for gold.
The enthusiastic selection is made up of Olympic veterans, a triple gold medallist and a newcomer to the experience.
Leongatha’s Kaila McKnight is making her debut at the games competing in the women’s 1500m, while rowers Drew Ginn (men’s coxless pairs) and Cameron McKenzie-McHarg (men’s eight) are making their fourth and second Olympic appearances respectively.
Mirboo North’s basketball superstar Belinda Snell is looking to have a major role in the Opals Olympic campaign.
Ginn, Snell and McKenzie-McHarg have also all tasted Olympic medal success before with McKenzie-McHarg taking silver at Beijing in the men’s four.
Ginn is vying for his fourth gold and possible the title of greatest ever Australian Olympic rower after taking home gold in the Atlanta, Athens and Beijing Olympics.
Snell and her Opals are looking to go one better this year after three consecutive silver medals, two of which she was a part of.
McKnight is well placed in her event after setting personal best times in the lead up to the games while McKenzie-McHarg is the captain of his eight team and looking forward to an intense competition.
Look out for our locals at the Olympics with the rowing regatta held in the first week of the games. Look out for Ginn in the coxless pairs with the medal race on August 3 while McKenzie-McHarg and his men’s eight team possible vying for medals on August 1.
Athletics start in the second week with McKnight hopefully racing her way to a medal on August 6, 8 and 10.
The basketball runs through the whole games with the Opals hopefully playing for a medal on August 11.
Check the official Olympics website for the full timetable: www.london2012.com/schedule-and-results/ to see when to catch our Olympians in action.
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