Friday marked the closing day of the 2017 Australian University Games, with UWA gaining four pennants across the week of competition.
Several of our athletes were awarded green and gold titles, showcasing the skill, commitment and talent coming out of the University.
This year the Games attracted more than 9000 student-athletes from 42 tertiary institutions across Australia, competing in 33 sports at Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast.
The closing ceremony was held at Carrara Indoor Stadium with Per Capita Champion going to Bond University, Spirit of the Games going to Macquarie University, and University of Technology Sydney being crowned Overall Champion University.
In UWA results, our men’s beach volleyball pair, Tom Burke and Greg Hunt, took home division 1 gold in a down-to-the-wire final against UTS. Greg Hunt was awarded best and fairest in a thriller match.
It was another nail-biting final for our women’s hockey team who were up against QUT at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre. In a selfless move, futsal player Tara Ott came across to act as goalie for the hockey team who was suffering limited numbers. In the end it was a spectacular, well-earned victory of 3-1.
Our futsal men’s and women’s teams both fought hard on the last day of competition and succeeded in bringing home the pennants for UWA in division 2. Our men were down by two goals at half time but stepped it up to take the win from ACU 7-6.
In ultimate frisbee, our men’s team won against SUT, placing them 7th. Our women’s team also placed 7th after a win against UOW 12-4. Both squads should now qualify for division 1 next year. Congratulations go to Max Qua for being the only WA representative across men and women to gain a green and gold medal for ultimate.
On the basketball courts, our men collected the division 2 silver, while our women took home division 2 bronze, beating Melbourne University in a thriller 32-27.
Our ten-pin bowling squad won bronze for division 2 with star bowler Alex Baird placing highest scorer overall, winning himself a green and gold medal. Desiree Tan from our women’s volleyball also scored a green and gold medal.
In Kendo’s dan grade, Anupa Kritmanorote won silver. UWA also gained bronze for Open Team, and two green and gold medals went to Anupa and Lam Nguyen.
Our rowing men’s lightweight four (Benjamin Davidson, Myles McQuillan, Joe Caspersz and Zen Vakil) achieved the silver medal, while on the green our golf squad's fantastic attitudes won them the sportsmanship award.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s Australian University Games. The Games continue at the Gold Coast in 2018 and 2019.
See you next year!
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