Published on 1 July 2014
A record number of University of the Sunshine Coast students will be among more than 1,650 competitors going for sporting glory when USC co-hosts the 2014 Northern University Games from 6-10 July.
USC Sport and Operations Coordinator Gary Moore said students from universities across Queensland and northern News South Wales would converge on the Sunshine Coast for the multi-sport event.
“Our team, the USC Spartans, will include almost 200 students and that’s this university’s highest number of participants ever,” Mr Moore said.
“These games are expected to attract more than 1,650 competitors across more than 15 sports – and that’s a record too.
“Obviously the Sunshine Coast is an attractive destination and students love to come here. They can combine a holiday with the fun of competing in their favourite sport.”
Mr Moore said the USC Spartans, captained by students James Kelly and Erica Fowler, both of Buderim, included a number of strong prospects for gold medals.
The sports contested will be baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, football, futsal, handball, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby and rugby league 7s, squash, tennis, touch football, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.
“Traditionally USC has been very strong in men’s mixed and women’s touch football,” Mr Moore said. “Those teams will be looking for a good result and our men’s and women’s futsal teams are also both likely to feature in the medals.”
The games, run by Australian University Sport (AUS), will be hosted by USC and the Sunshine Coast Council, along with a number of the region’s sports clubs.
AUS CEO Don Knapp said the event was expected to generate around $1.2 million in visitor expenditure and showcase the region’s tourism and sporting facilities.
The Northern University Games is one of three regional events that precede the 2014 Australian University Games in Sydney from 28 September.
– David Cameron