Australia is on track to send its biggest Uniroos team ever to the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan, as 186 student-athletes prepare for the competition from 19 - 30 August 2017.
Amongst the Aussie team is a strong showing of UWA athletes from a wide variety of sporting backgrounds. Western Australian swimmers Nicholas Brown (Bachelor of Commerce) and Alex Milligan (Bachelor of Science) were amongst the first to be selected in the squad following strong performances at the Australia Swimming Championships in Brisbane last month.
UWA will also be represented by student and University Athletics Club athlete Stephen Clough, contesting the men’s pole vault event alongside Angus Armstrong from The University of Sydney. Stephen is currently the number 1 ranked pole vaulter in the state, and is ranked 3rd in Australia.
In water polo, Sofia Chaves and Nick Hughes (UWA Torpedos) have been selected for their respective teams, with both UWA students having previously taken out the U18 National Championships with their teams.
Jessica Lim and Eda Pui have been selected for Wushu, a form of Chinese martial art. Jessica was awarded silver at the 2014 World Junior Wushu Championships, and will be looking for more success in Taipei.
Rounding out the list of athletes is 21 year old Alannah Maclaurin (Bachelor of Science), who has recently been selected onto the fencing Australian Women’s Open Team. As WA's highest ranked Women’s epeeist, Alannah has an impressive record both within the university sporting sector and on a national level.
She has previously represented Australia on the world stage in France, Barcelona, Helsinki and the Philippines in recent years, heading into the 2017 Summer Universiade as a strong contender.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communications, and Events