Student athletes shine at University Games
The Indigenous and Southern University Games recently kicked off a huge six months of sport for the University of Tasmania.
A team of Indigenous students supported by Riawunna represented the University for the second year in a row, at the Indigenous Unigames hosted by Deakin University in Geelong.
Thirteen students competed in four sports, across the four-day event, against students from universities across Victoria and South Australia.
The University team, led by pakana man and medicine student Jake West, combined best in basketball and touch football, beating RMIT and Monash respectively.
The Indigenous Unigames was followed closely by the Southern University Games, also hosted by Deakin University.
The University of Tasmania Futsal Club led the way to the University’s best-ever overall result with three gold and three silver medals, finishing fourth in the overall medal tally.
Stephanie Taylor, Executive Director, Student Experience, congratulated the team on the achievement
“Congratulations to the University of Tasmania Team on the result, which reflects an increased recognition of the value of sport at the University,” she said.
Elite runner and Bachelor of Nursing student Meriem Daoui also overcame a quality field to win the 10km Women’s Cross Country race, while the women’s futsal team combined well to finish second behind Melbourne University.
The University was also represented well in the open table tennis competition, where team members May Wong and Yukino Yokota played off for gold medal with Wong taking the honours 3-0.
This outstanding performance also saw the University of Tasmania take out the overall women’s table tennis pennant.
The men’s futsal team, who were competing in the Southern University Games for the fourth year, also performed well making the finals, but eventually going down 5-4 in a close game.
Both futsal teams have now earned the right to compete in the Australian University Championships to be held on the Gold Coast from 24 – 29 September.
Our men’s hockey team, who competed in the games for the first time, also secured a silver medal, while Launceston student Nancy Brown was able to claim the third silver medal for the University in women’s squash.
The University men’s and women’s volleyball teams were also competing in their first Southern University Games
Comprising members of the University volleyball clubs from the North and the South and lead by experienced coach Stephen Ibbott, the teams secured some fantastic wins placing fifth overall in their respective competitions.
University of Tasmania students also competed in a number of individual sports, including men’s and women’s tennis, men’s squash and men’s badminton.
With a total of 64 competitors and three support staff from across the University’s various campuses, 2017 was the most successful University of Tasmania team overall at the Southern University Games.
Students are now preparing for the Australian University Games, which will be held on the Gold Coast from 24 – 29 September.
Some of the University’s elite women’s rugby players will also join forces with the new national women’s Rugby Aon Uni 7s Series players, as the University of Tasmania Lions compete in the inaugural Rugby Aon Uni 7s series.
The first tournament of the series will be held at the University of Tasmania stadium on 25 and 26 August.
The Vice-Chancellors Challenge Rowing Race will also be held on 26 August on the Tamar River in the State’s North.
All students and staff are encouraged to support these fantastic free events.
Final results Southern University Games 2017:
Gold – Women’s Futsal
Gold – Women’s Table Tennis
Gold – Women’s Cross Country (Meriem Daoui)
Silver - Men’s Futsal
Silver – Men’s Hockey
Silver – Women’s Squash
5th – Women’s Volleyball
5th – Men’s Volleyball
7th – Women’s Tennis
7th – Men’s Squash
7th and 9th – Men’s Badminton
8th and 15th – Men’s Tennis
Image: The winning women's futsal team