12 July 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast is celebrating a new crop of sport stars, following some impressive performances at the 2013 Northern University Games in Brisbane this week.
USC competitors won three gold medals and one bronze at the multi-sport event that involved 1,500 students from universities across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
USC’s beach volleyball pairing of Jessica Wheatley of Buderim and Angela Johnson of Burnside finished second in a pool of seven teams, but then staged a 2-0 upset win over top-ranked QUT in the final.
Individual gold medals went to USC squash player Noel Campbell of Mooloolaba and golfer Sean McGill of Buderim.
Campbell finished second after the round-robin tournament, with 10 wins from 11 matches, then outclassed his University of Southern Queensland opponent with a 3-0 victory in the final.
At Victoria Park Golf Course, McGill scored rounds of 64, 61, 67 and 61 throughout the week to finish with the best gross result of the 18-player field with 253.
USC’s women’s touch team finished third, winning 5-4 against the University of Queensland in the bronze medal play-off, while the men’s touch team just missed out on the medals, finishing fourth overall.
USC Sport Co-ordinator Gary Moore said 68 USC athletes competed in a variety of sports that also included basketball, netball and volleyball.
Many are now gearing up for the annual Australian University Games to be held at the Gold Coast in September-October.
— Terry Walsh