Last week Team UWA won the 2017 WA University Games after three compelling days of competition in Bunbury. In what marks the final WA University Games, it was fitting UWA won the championship after dominating the tournament for the last decade.
UWA Sport General Manager Ian Fitzpatrick said the team not only excelled on the sports field but also demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship throughout the week.
“Given this is the last year of the regional games it was great to take out the championship and finish on top.
“What was even more pleasing is that Team UWA won the Spirit of the Games award. This is determined by umpires and officials appointed by Australia University Sport and a testament to our student’s sportsmanship,” Ian says.
Around 700 students from WA’s five universities competed in 12 sports across the three days, braving some chilly weather as teams vied for gold.
Come finals day UWA came out on top with gold medals for men’s and women’s basketball, mixed beach volleyball, touch, and men’s and women’s volleyball.
With the WA Games trophy safely stored away, attention now turns to September’s Australia University Games which will be on the Gold Coast.
“This is the flagship event on the national university sporting calendar, over 7000 students from around the country to travel to Queensland to compete.
“Last year we hosted the national tournament and Team UWA came away with the win. We’re hoping to back this up by playing some great sport on the Gold Coast, and I know the students are looking forward to it,” Ian says.
You can read a detailed report of the three days here.