Kendo, athletics, futsal, netball, swimming, tennis and water polo – these are the sports that helped UTS athletes clinch overall victory in the Australian University Games for the first time.
More than 450 students, including 130 UTS elite and emerging athletes, donned the distinctive UTS teal uniform to win eight gold, four silver and three bronze medals, or pennants.
This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary of the Australian University Games. About 9000 students, representing 43 universities and playing 32 sports, competed at games venues on the Gold Coast, host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
UTS won the Overall Champion trophy by a single point, ahead of the University of Melbourne (seven pennants) and the University of Sydney (six).
The week began with martial arts competitions September 23-24, where the UTS men’s kendo team won gold. The rest of the competition was fought out over five days, with UTS winning seven other events. (See below for full winners’ list.)
Elizabeth Morgan-Brett, chief executive of ActivateUTS, said she was thrilled to see UTS crowned overall champion of the Australian University Games for the first time.
“Winning the trophies for men’s swimming and athletics and the overall trophy for athletics was also the first time we’ve been able to pip Sydney Uni in those disciplines,” she said.
“This truly was an incredible games for our student athletes who competed with discipline, respect, tenacity and great pride for their UTS jersey.”
Morgan-Brett also commended UTS director of sport Aimee Purcell whose strategy had seen UTS move from sixth place to first in the six years she had held the post.
Men’s and women’s futsal
Women’s water polo
Women’s touch football