Editorial

Published on August 10th, 2016 | by St Peter's College

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Two St Peter’s College Old Collegians represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Remarkably at the Rio 2016 Olympics, two Old Scholars will represent Australia in Athletics and Equestrian for the second time: Scott Keach (W&A ’82) and Henry Frayne (WDK ’07).

Two-time Olympian Scott Keach (W&A ’82) competed in Eventing at the Seoul 1988 Olympics and with a 28-year gap between being selected for the Rio 2016 Team as a show jumper is an Australian record. Scott had a big break from the sport to do other things in life and got back involved with show jumping when he moved to Florida in 2009.

Scott Keach helped qualify Australia the Team spot for Rio in 2015 and won a 4-star event in Florida in February 2016. He started riding on sheep and cattle farm in south-west WA.

Henry Frayne (WDK ’07) will represent Australia after recording an Olympic qualifying mark of 8.16m in the long jump at the 2016 Australian Championships. The mark saw Frayne finish second behind 2015 World Championships silver medalist and Rio 2016 teammate Fabrice Lapierre.

Having won both the Olympic trials in the long jump and triple jump Henry Frayne made his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games. He was the first Australian since 1964 to compete in both events in the Olympics.

Henry Frayne is the second member of his family to compete in track and field at the Olympics for Australia following the path of his uncle Bruce Frayne (WDK ’76), who competed in the 400m at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

From the entire St Peter’s College community, we wish our two Old Scholars, as well as, the whole Australian team the best of luck at Rio in 2016.

References:
Athletics Australia
Australian Olympic Committee website


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