Last week almost 200 student athletes from UWA competed at the 2017 Australian University Games. This year the Games attracted more than 9000 participants from 42 tertiary institutions across Australia, competing in 33 sports at Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast.
Across the week UWA won four golds, as well as a range of silver and bronze medals.
UWA Sport General Manager Ian Fitzpatrick said the team performed well in hot, difficult conditions and came away with some excellent results.
“It’s always a challenge to travel over east and compete against the best student athletes in the country and I’m really proud of our team,” he said.
“Our men’s beach volleyball pair of Greg Hunt and Tom Burke, and our women’s hockey team won national championships which is a terrific effort.
“Our men’s and women’s futsal teams both won gold in division two, which ensures their place in division one next year,” he said.
Ian said the team also exhibited wonderful team spirit across the board, with the seven green and gold awards they picked up demonstrating the high level of talent coming out of UWA.
“Congratulations to all our green and gold awards winners - Greg Hunt (beach volleyball), Max Qua (ultimate frisbee), Alex Baird (ten pin bowling), Desiree Tan (indoor volleyball), Anupa Kritmanorote (kendo), Lam Nguyen (kendo) and the golf team of Nick Kelly, Tim Rule, Ben Fitzgerald and Hudson Delves,” Ian said.
The Games came to a close on Friday with the University of Technology Sydney being crowned Overall Champion University, Per Capita Champion going to Bond University and Macquarie University being awarded Spirit of the Games.