The University of Western Australia has sent a 131 strong team of athletes to the states southwest this week as part of Australian University Sports Regional University Games competition.
The games, which run from Sunday July 2 to Wednesday July 5 will be hosted in the City of Bunbury, and will see up to 1,200 competitors participating in 18 sports across the week.
The contingency arrived in Bunbury over the weekend and will today compete in the first day of play with sports including basketball, volleyball and netball, and non-traditional sports such as ten pin bowling and lawn bowls.
In its penultimate year, the stakes are high for the regional competition with the University of Western Australia looking to defend their historic dominance of the regional games. (Formally Tertiary School Sports WA)
University Team Manager Sue Gliddon says this year’s Western Uni Games have served as a useful trial run for a number of new initiatives UWA Sport will be looking to implement for the years Australian University Games (AUG) ahead of the shift into the new Australia University National Championships model for 2018.
“We are looking forward to a busy week. We have teams competing in most sports with some teams playing for qualification at AUG, so our focus will be there”
The Mens Basketball Team will be looking to take back the top spot from Curtin who won the pennant at last year’s regional Games in a 50-38 point showdown.
The women’s netball team are playing for qualification into this year’s national competition, looking for a top two finish to secure their place.
Good luck to all our students competing across the week.
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