Monash Health’s very own, Elena Galiabovitch, representing Australia at the Olympics

Elena Galiabovitch, one of our very own doctors working tirelessly to assist our COVID-19 response, is currently representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 10m Air Pistol and the 25m Pistol events.

Elena was chosen as one of the six frontline healthcare workers selected to carry the Olympic flag into the stadium in Tokyo. This flag was raised in the Olympic Stadium, where it will fly for the duration of the Games.

Elena said, “never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would ever help carry the Olympic flag at an Opening Ceremony,”

“Not only am I representing the continent of Oceania and all its athletes, but I am privileged to be representing the Australian Olympic Team, the 15-member Australian Shooting team, and all front-line medical workers who have done such a magnificent job under very difficult circumstances over the past 18 months.”

Elena, who is training to become a urologist, has been working with us for the last 18 months doing night shifts and putting her hand up to get involved at our drive-through COVID screening clinics, all the while continuing her Olympic training.

Director of Urology and Elena’s personal mentor, Scott Donnellan, said Elena has been an incredible contribution to Monash Health since she joined in 2019 as the first unaccredited urology registrar.

“One astonishing thing Elena has been able to accomplish is combining two synchronous lives: her work and her training and competing. When she first started at Monash Health, she communicated her need to take time off to compete in National and International competitions, and she was prepared to work at all other times. She never compromised her work for her training”.

The Urology team are incredibly proud of Elena and were delighted to hear of her selection for the Tokyo Olympics.

Scott said, “how many people get to tick three boxes: an Olympian, dedicated health care worker and above and beyond everything else, volunteering to work extra to assist in the COVID-19 response.”

“It is a great recognition for herself and to the contribution of healthcare workers worldwide during COVID-19”.

We look forward to following Elena’s Olympic journey and wish her luck in her events.

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