Triple Olympian Eamon Sullivan announced as event patron for 2016 Australian University Games

Australian University Sport is proud to announce Olympic medallist Eamon Sullivan as event patron for the 2016 Australian University Games.

Following a remarkable career in the pool Sullivan, who has transitioned in to the business world successfully launching and running a number of cafes and restaurants in Perth, is proud to raise awareness for mental health issues in Australia by becoming the Australian University Games beyondblue ambassador. Australian University Sport’s partnership with beyondblue for the 2016 Australian University Games makes Eamon the perfect fit as event patron to help promote the important relationship between a healthy body and a healthy mind.

Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said: “We are extremely pleased to announce Eamon Sullivan as our event patron for the 2016 Australian University Games. Our charity partnership with beyondblue highlights exactly why his dedication to sport and mental health alike make for the perfect fit to the role as event patron.”

Now retired from international competition, Sullivan walks away as one of the most decorated swimmers in Australian history. His achievements include three Olympic medals, gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and FINA World Championships, and having broken the world record in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle on multiple occasions. Such a stellar career in the pool only makes it more humbling that he is now so passionate about shining light on mental health issues in Australia.

Growing up in Perth, Sullivan understands the importance of staying active while studying and working in order to keep a clear mind. Sullivan’s dedication to his sport and business dreams has helped mould the man he is today and helped him understand that hard work and an open mind can accelerate anyone to achieve greater things. By taking on the role of event patron in conjunction with his role as Australian University Games beyondblue ambassador, he hopes to spread the awareness of mental health issues affecting students.

Mr. Knapp stated “Eamon is a great example of what student-athletes have to offer in Australia. He has come through the Australian university sporting system performing at the highest levels both in and out of the pool. For that reason, we are so fortunate to announce him as event patron in his home city of Perth.”

Australian University Sport look forward to working with beyondblue for the duration of the Games in Perth to promote university sport and mental health issues in Australia.

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