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Congratulations to Old Xaverian Dave McNeill who has been chosen to represent Australia in the 10,000 metres at the Rio Olympics. This builds on Dave’s earlier selection for the 5,000 metres at the London Olympics in 2012.
David's reflection on his days at Xavier.
"It’s hard to overstate the incredible impact my time at Xavier, and my membership with the Old Xaverians Athletic Club (OXAC) has had on my career. From the wonderful staff, coaches, and teammates that first ignited my passion for the sport, to the many additional friendships and support systems through OXAC that have facilitated my career since, at almost every corner, there is a deep passion and gratitude for the Xavier community. And that gratitude is a reflection upon the quality of people who are part of the Xavier community - humble, generous, and caring human beings. I certainly would not be where I am were it not for so many wonderful members of the Xavier community. Your sentiments only add to my profound gratitude - gratitude that will no doubt fuel me when I step on that startling on 13 August in Rio."
In his school days, Dave was Vice Captain of the College, Vice Captain of Athletics and Captain of the APS Cross Country Premiership Team in 2004.
David McNeill secured selection for Rio 2016 by running a 10,000m qualifying time in USA in May 2015 and then winning Zatopek in December. This will be his second Games after competing in the 5,000m at London 2012.
2008 and 2015 Australian 10,000m champion.
2010 NCAA indoor and outdoor 5000m champion.
Running at the 2012 London Olympics in front of his family.
Primary - St Anthony's Primary School (Vic, Australia)
Secondary - Xavier College (Kew, Vic, Australia)
Tertiary - Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science - Northern Arizona University (2007 - 2010); Master of Science in Exercise Physiology - Northern Arizona University (2012-2014)