Emma Olson-Keating heads off Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina in 2023 NEW COPY NEW COPY

Congratulations Emma, who will be heading off to Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina on a Sports Scholarship in 2023.

Emma will be on their NCAA Triathlon and Cross Country running teams. Queens, recently placed a close #2 at the Division 1 National Championships (triathlon) in the US. The future looks bright for Emma, with excellent coaches at the University, with elite and olympic athletes having come through this pathway.

After impressive results at the Oceania Junior Championships and National Relay Championships in April, Emma was selected for the Australian Junior (U/20) team to compete in the 2022 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in Montreal in June. Emma was in incredible shape, leading in this event. Soon after completing the swim leg and transitioning to the cycle leg, Emma realised that her bike was having issues, her rear derailleur broke which meant that the remaining 14km(s) had to be completed riding in a high (tough) gear. As one would expect, Emma battled on like most champions do. She attempted to complete the run leg on what were very sore and tired legs before retiring to the medical tent. Emma continued on with the Australian team for a European trip where she did more training and racing, placing an impressive 6th overall at the European Junior Cup. Upon returning to Australia on her second day back in the country she was crowned the 18 years NSW State Champion at the Cross Country championships.

Emma was recently crowned the 18 years NSW State Champion at the NSW Cross Country championships.

Emma competing in the 2022 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in Montreal in June 2022.

Emma, who has come through PLC Sydney with a very strong passion for Biology, Sustainability and general well being, is excited to be undertaking a Bachelor of Science, Biology and Conservation Biology at Queens. She is passionate and dedicated to the entire area of Biology and Sciences, so studying these subjects at Queens will be the icing on the cake for her.

PLC Sydney has played a significant role in Emma's life, particularly in her Senior years, giving her many opportunities, all of which started with Dr. Burgis enjoying Emma's scholarship application letter about ' trees, squirrels and her love of animals and the environment '.

Emma with fellow Year 12 students at PLC Sydney's 2022 Speech Day, held at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 12 December.

Congratulations Emma, we wish you every success in this next exciting chapter of your life.