21 September 2012
Twenty-eight University of the Sunshine Coast athletes will fly to Adelaide this weekend to do battle with thousands of their peers at the annual Australian University Games.
USC Sport and Operations Coordinator Gary Moore said the teams and individuals were excited about competing in touch football, tenpin bowling, swimming, beach volleyball and athletics.
“They can’t wait to wear the USC Spartans colours during competition and the social aspect of the Games is also popular, starting with the opening ceremony on Sunday night,” said Moore, who will be joining the group.
The 2012 Australian University Games from 23-28 September will include 30 sports. This flagship event of Australian University Sport attracts more than 5,000 athletes each year.
Moore said sponsorship from within and outside USC had boosted the involvement and spirits of local competitors.
“This year we’ve got Daniel Shapland, a swimmer who’s an Olympic triallist, as well as strong challenges from the boys in the running relays and the touch footballers who got silver last year,” he said.
Shapland, of Mountain Creek Mooloolaba Swimming Club, is studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at USC.
— Julie Schomberg