On a crisp Autumn morning, beneath the crystal blue skies of Sydney and on the clear blue waters of Canada Bay, UTS evened the score against arch-rivals University of Sydney in the annual UTS Rowing Club Challenge.
With Club President Andrew Black and Club Captain Nick Baxter joining forces with 2008 Olympian and long time Club member James Chapman, the UTS crew were looking strong. Add to the mix UTS Union Sports Scholars Brynne Allan and Emma Bechara and the UTS Crew were hot favourites. They didn’t disappoint!
UTS Sport and Recreation Manager Elizabeth Brett said UTS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ross Milbourne fired the starter's pistol and the UTS crew jumped to an early lead and didn’t let up. "UTS finished with a convincing win over Sydney Uni," Ms Brett said. "It was a magnificent morning at the UTS Haberfield Club and it was wonderful to see so many UTS supporters cheering on their favourite crew."
Ms Brett said UTS rowing was a force to be reckoned with and that we could expect more victories to come. "UTS rowing coach Ellen Randell has been selected to lead her troops to the forthcoming World Championships in Poland, in August," she said.
"This will be Ellen’s tenth World Championships. In the last three championships her teams have won gold and she is seeking a fourth gold medal for UTS at the next games. Ellen’s athletes include world champion Bronwyn Watson and world junior rower Anna Kaszycki. Ellen has been heading up the women’s rowing program at UTS since 1992."
In other sporting news, UTS sports scholar Ashleigh Dean and the Australian Women’s Softball Team won the Southern Cross Challenge in New Zealand.
"With a stellar performance, Ashleigh was named right fielder in the All Star Team, which is a team selected from the best athletes across all nations competing at the Challenge, Ms Brett said. "Ashleigh, who is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Information Technology, has also been selected to travel with the Australian team to compete in the Japan Cup in Tokyo from the 28th July to the 8th August."
In recent weeks, UTS Union sports scholar, Antonia Melo and her NSW ultimate frisbee team took out the gold medal at the Australian UF Championships in Perth. Ms Brett said Antonia and her Team had fought hard against the favourites from Victoria and with a convincing win in the final, NSW were crowned National Champions!
"Antonia, who is completing a UTS Bachelor of Science will now be focusing her attention on training with the UTS Ultimate Frisbee Team competing at this years Eastern University Games," she said.
And finally, UTS Union Sports Scholar Michael Mercieca has been crowned the 2009 NSW Senior Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Champion.
Michael blitzed the competition and was five points ahead of his closest competitor at the conclusion of the competition. Michael is currently in his first year of a UTS Bachelor of Engineering.