Year Awarded: 2009
Sport: Swimming
Scholarship Holders

Meagen Nay - Swimming

Meagen competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in the 200m backstroke, qualifying third fastest for the 200m backstroke final where she finished seventh. Meagen had smashed the Australian and Commonwealth records in the 200m backstroke at the selection trials for Beijing, and went on to lower both these records at the Olympics.

After an exciting 2008,focus for Meagen in 2009 will be the 13th FINA World Championships to be held in Rome, Italy from July 19 to Aug 2, and then later in the year in November at the 2009 Telstra FINA Swimming World Cup.

Meagen in the Australian Swimming Championships (Selection Trials for the FINA World Championships in Rome) held in March at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre , competed in the 200m freestyle, finishing first and the 200m backstroke, finishing second, and has been selected in the team for the World Championships in Rome.

Meagen has won 16 medals including five gold at Australian Age Championships. She won two gold, a silver and a bronze at the 2007 Junior Pan Pacs, claimed four gold and two silver at the 2006 Oceania Championships, was fifth in the 200m at the 2008 FINA World Short Course Championships and won a gold and five silver at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Meagen is the current Commonwealth Record holder in the 200m backstroke, and trains under Michael Bohl in Brisbane. Meagen is the daughter of 1972 Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Robert Nay, who tragically died in a car accident when Meagen was three.

Mentor:  Duncan Armstrong OAM
Hero:  Michelle Ford-Eriksson MBE

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