Four UWA students have been selected to represent Australia at the 2017 World University Games (Summer Universiade) in Taipei this August. With selections still continuing for several sports UWA’s representation may increase.
The Summer Universiade, held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation is the premier event in the sporting calendar for universities worldwide.
Western Australian swimmers, Nicholas Brown (Bachelor of Commerce) and Alex Milligan (Bachelor of Science) have been selected in the squad following strong performances at the Australia Swimming Championships in Brisbane last month.
Brown – who is attending his second World University Games – and Milligan from the UWA West Coast club will be part of a 19 strong swim team heading to Taipei.
Competing as part of Australia’s athletics squad, University Athletics Club athlete Stephen Clough (Master of Applied Science) will contest the men’s pole vault. Stephen has cleared the required qualifier height several times this year and recently won bronze at the Australian Athletics Championships held in Sydney.
Rounding out UWA’s contingency for the games is 21 year old Alannah Maclaurin (Bachelor of Science) who has recently been selected onto the Australian Women’s Open Team. WA's highest ranked Women’s epeeist, Alannah’s record is impressive both within the university sporting sector and on a national level.
Having represented Australia on the world stage in France, Barcelona, Helsinki and the Philippines in recent years, Alannah heads into the 2017 Summer Universiade as one to watch.
The World University Games will be held in Taipei City, Taiwan, and run from 19-30 August.