25 September 2013
A team of 75 athletes from the University of the Sunshine Coast will head to the Gold Coast this weekend in search of glory at the Australian University Games.
They will be among 8,000 students from across the country competing in more than 30 individual and team sports at the six-day carnival starting Sunday 29 September.
USC will be represented in athletics, beach volleyball, basketball, futsal (indoor soccer), golf, rugby, swimming and touch and will be led by team captains Don Wearne (futsal) and Shannen McLean (swimming and touch).
Team manager Gary Moore said many of the USC teams and individual athletes had been training for months in the lead-up to this event and were confident of being in the hunt for medals.
Moore said there was plenty of interest in USC fielding its first women’s rugby 7s team, with coaching support by Stingrays players, and around the inclusion of futsal in this year’s Games schedule.
He said the Australian University Games was the flagship event on the national university sporting calendar and was renowned for providing a friendly but competitive environment.
“Off the sporting field, an action-packed, week-long social program is conducted to complement the sporting activities and enhance the experience for participants,” he said.
For details about the Australian University Games, visit www.unigames.com.au.
— Terry Walsh