Meet Rockhampton’s Olympians for Rio 2016

WITH the count down well and truly on for the 2016 Rio Olympics, here's your guide to who to cheer the loudest for from August 5 - 21.

Anna Meares - Track Cycling

Australia's most successful track cyclist, Anna Meares is set to make plenty of history at the Rio 2016 Games.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06:  Anna Meares poses with the Australian flag during the Australian Olympic Games flag bearer announcement at Federation Square on July 6, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Anna Meares poses with the Australian flag during the Australian Olympic Games flag bearer announcement at Federation Square on July 6, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Scott Barbour

Anna, who was born in Blackwater, honed her track cycling skills at Rockhampton's Kenrick Tucker Velodrome under the guidance of Reggie Tucker.

She will become just the fourth Australian track cyclist to line up at four Olympics and will be aiming to become Australia's first three-time Olympic champion across any cycling discipline.

Along with five Olympic medals and countless World Championship podiums, Anna has also won eight Commonwealth Games medals, including five gold, across four Games.

Watch out for Anna leading the Australian Olympic team as flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the games.

 

Jamie Dwyer - Hockey

Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) from the Kookaburras' World League campaign. Photo: Grant Treeby/Treeby Images
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) from the Kookaburras' World League campaign. Photo: Grant Treeby/Treeby Images Grant Treeby/Treeby Images

The 37-year-old's record at the highest level speaks for itself having won five world's best player awards, Olympic gold, two Olympic bronze medals, three Commonwealth gold medals, World Cup gold and five Champions Trophy tournaments.

The top Australian goal scorer of 2015 (16 goals) will head to Rio having played over 350 games and scoring over 234 goals for Australia and will be looking to confirm Australia's number one ranking in the world.

Mark Knowles - Hockey

Australia's Mark Knowles celebrates after beating India in the hockey final to take gold at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK
Australia's Mark Knowles celebrates after beating India in the hockey final to take gold at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK GLYN KIRK

Having played for the Kookaburras since 2004, Mark has gained significant experience at the highest level that has seen him become one of only two players that will take the field in Rio as part of his fourth consecutive Olympic Games.

The Rockhampton born veteran was also crowned 'International Player of the Year' in 2014.

Knowles married team mate Jamie Dwyer's younger sister Kelly in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Gohdes - Hockey

RAIPUR, INDIA - DECEMBER 04:  Matt Gohdes of Australia runs with the ball during the match between Australia and Netherlands on day eight of The Hero Hockey League World Final at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Hockey Stadium on December 04, 2015 in Raipur, India. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
RAIPUR, INDIA - DECEMBER 04: Matt Gohdes of Australia runs with the ball during the match between Australia and Netherlands on day eight of The Hero Hockey League World Final at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Hockey Stadium on December 04, 2015 in Raipur, India. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images) Ian MacNicol

Matt, also know as 'Goat' watched idols Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles compete at the Beijing Olympics and was inspired to realise his own Olympic dream.

Proving that hockey talent runs in his family, Matt is Dwyer's younger cousin.

After being selected for all 2015 international tournaments, Matt will form a vital component to the men's hockey forward line in his second Olympic appearance at Rio.

 

Madi Wilson - Swimming

Rocky's own super fish Madi Wilson is preparing to make her Olympic debut when she dives into the pool at Rio 2016.

Madi, who was born in Roma, fondly remembers Central Queensland, where she started carving out her swimming career.

Australia's Madison Wilson, celebrates after winning the silver in the final of the women's 100m backstroke swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 4, 2015.    AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU
Australia's Madison Wilson, celebrates after winning the silver in the final of the women's 100m backstroke swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU MARTIN BUREAU

The 22-year-old attended Sacred Heart Primary School and swam with the Yeppoon Sharks were she made her first Queensland team.

Wilson then attended The Cathedral College and the swimming achievements continued.

Wilson made a name for herself in 2012 when she qualified for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Over the next two years she competed at the 2013 World University Games winning gold in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m backstroke, and competed at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

 

Alexander 'Sasha' Belonogoff - Rowing

 

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epa04313431 Alexander Belonogoff and James McRae, from right, of Australia on the way to coming second place in the Men's Double Sculls Final A at the Rowing World Cup on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, 13 July 2014.  EPA/URS FLUEELER
epa04313431 Alexander Belonogoff and James McRae, from right, of Australia on the way to coming second place in the Men's Double Sculls Final A at the Rowing World Cup on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, 13 July 2014. EPA/URS FLUEELER URS FLUEELER

Alexander 'Sasha' Belonogoff was born in Moura and grew up in Rockhampton attending Rockhampton Grammar School.

The 26-year-old secured his Olympic debut after winning the men's quadruple sculls at Rowing World Cup 2, the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Along with teammates Karsten Forsterling, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae, the Australians overtook Great Britain at the 1500m mark and held onto their lead through the sprint finish to claim gold.

He comes from a big Russian family and his Grandma still lives in a Russian community up in Queensland.

He is an avid fisherman and likes to intimidate his opponents before a race with a serious pair of sunglasses so competitors cannot read his expressions.