ORU Athletes Represent in Summer 2012 Olympics
As the summer heats up, so does competition for the 2012 summer Olympics in London. For the worldwide contest, ORU is excited to be represented by three students and alumni competing as players for Great Britain, Zambia, and an alternate for the United States.
ORU athletics, which sponsors 16 men's and women's sports, will be represented in the Olympic games by: Dominique Allen and Prince Mumba, with Jack Whitt serving as an alternate.
Dominique Allen, recent ORU graduate with a graphic design degree, is competing with her native Great Britain team. She is the first ORU women's basketball player to compete in the Olympics.
In addition to her stellar play for the Golden Eagle women's basketball team, Allen played for the under-20 level in Great Britain for the 2008 and 2009 European Championships and spent this last summer doing tune-up games with the Great Britain team. She played center in 107 games at ORU and had an average of 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Mumba will represent ORU in the track and field competition, while Whitt was selected as an alternate in the pole vault.
ORU senior Jack Whitt made an impressive leap with his vault of 18-0.5 (5.50m) at the U.S. Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon, but finished eighth overall at the trials. However, because the 2012 NCAA national champion finished fourth among people who hit the mandatory Olympic “A” standard earlier in the year, he was named the first alternate for Team USA during the Olympic games.
Prince Mumba, who recently graduated from ORU, is participating in the 800-meter run and 1,500-meter run for his native Zambia team. As an ORU track and field star, Mumba was a three-time All-American in the 800-meter run in 2004 and 2006. He recently won the gold medal at the Machester Parks Grand Prix Series. In addition to competing with the Olympic team, Mumba was selected to be Zambia's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony.
Golden Eagles former track and field Coach and former Olympic gold and silver champion Madeline Manning-Mims is a chaplain for the summer 2012 London Olympics. She has served as a chaplain for the last 24 years.
ORU is proud of its accomplished athletes and sends prayers of blessing as they compete in summer 2012 London Olympics.