UTAS wins the Spirit of the Games award at the Indigenous Nationals
The 2022 UniSport Indigenous Nationals were held last week in Brisbane. This event was a week-long multisport competition for indigenous student-athletes. Universities from all over the country, including the University of Tasmania, attended to participate in this competition and participate in four sporting events including Basketball, Touch Football, Netball and Volleyball.
In the leadup to the Nationals the UTAS team had been training and honing their skills in each of the sports. After arriving the weekend prior, the team were able to get some more last-minute training in and prepare for the week ahead. Bachelor of Music with Honours student Jalen Sutcliffe was announced as the Team Captain after demonstrating excellent leadership skills in the leadup to the competition.
Prior to the start of the event, an Opening Ceremony was held on the Sunday night, which was as an opportunity to acknowledge the heritage and history of the participating student-athletes. Following this ceremony, the UTAS team were very excited for the first game of the competition the next morning.
The week started well with a win in the final few seconds of the team’s first Basketball match which gave the team great confidence going into the rest of the week. Throughout the week, the team competed admirably and were able to showcase their skills against many tough opponents, stringing together some more wins throughout the competition.
At the end of the week, the overall competition winners were announced as Australian Catholic University, who had finished in the top of 5 of every sport throughout the competition.
In incredibly exciting news, and news to be very proud of, our UTAS team was awarded the Spirit of the Games title for displaying the best spirit and sportsmanship throughout the event. This award was voted on by member institutions, umpires, referees, and staff, so it is fantastic news that our team was recognised by their peers competing at the event.
Congratulations to the team for this fantastic achievement (pictured from L-R): Back: Liv Hudson, Isaac Grundy, Stuart Lee, Jalen Sutcliffe, Lloyd Straatsma, Nikki Sainty, Cody Summers, Bronte Dare, Front: Laura Smith, Maddie Andersen-Ward (Staff), Taylor Wigg, Shannon Munton.
Thank you also to the staff involved from Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education and UTAS Sport that helped in the organisation of the event, as well as the additional staff members who helped make the UTAS participation in the event possible.
The experiences of those who attended will be something that they will be able to cherish into the future.
If you are interested in reading more about the 2022 Indigenous Nationals, click here to read the UniSport Media Release.