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September 2021

Photos of Elena on social media jpeg Social media takes to Elena Galiabovitch.

Flying the flag for healthcare workers

Monash Health’s Elena Galiabovitch represented Australia at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 10 metre air pistol and the 25 metre pistol events.

Not only that, she was chosen as one of the six frontline healthcare workers to carry the Olympic flag into the stadium in Tokyo.

This flag was raised in the Olympic Stadium, where it flew for the duration of the Games.

Dr Galiabovitch is training to become a urologist.

She has worked at Monash Health for the last 18 months doing night shifts and putting her hand up to get involved at drive-through COVID screening clinics, all the while continuing her Olympic training.

‘Elena has been an incredible contribution to Monash Health since she joined in 2019 as the first unaccredited urology registrar,’ said director of urology Scott Donnellan, Dr Galiabovitch’s mentor.

‘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’.

‘Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would ever help carry the Olympic flag at an opening ceremony,’ Dr Galiabovitch said.

‘Not only was I representing the continent of Oceania and all its athletes but I was 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.’