7 October 2014
USC is celebrating its best ever performance at the Australian University Games, with its athletes winning three gold medals and a bronze.
USC’s women’s futsal team was undefeated on its way to the Division 1 grand final, which it won 4-2 over University of Technology Sydney on Friday 3 October.
The women’s volleyball team won its Division 2 grand final, defeating the University of Melbourne 3-1.
And Cameron Taylor claimed an individual gold medal in taekwondo, improving on the bronze medal he won a year ago.
USC sent 58 athletes to the five-day, multi-sport carnival in Sydney that involved more than 6,000 students from 40 tertiary institutions across Australia.
USC’s mixed touch team continued its impressive record at the Games in claiming bronze, while the men’s futsal and women’s rugby 7s team (a combined USC-QUT outfit) both finished fourth.
Sprinter Tommy Connolly missed out on competing in the 200m final, but had the consolation of recording the fastest first heat qualifying time of 21.78 seconds – a time that would have earned him gold.
Jessica Haig finished seventh in the 800m final on the track, while swimmer Aiden Berg’s best placing was a seventh in the 200m freestyle final.
The University also had teams in the mixed fours beach volleyball and the women’s beach volleyball pairs.
USC finished 16th out of 40 overall with five students achieving Green and Gold selection. They were Kyle Townsend (futsal), Rebekah Horsey (futsal), Samantha Boholt (rugby 7s), Grace Wilkins (rugby 7s) and Cameron Taylor (taekwondo).
USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon said the University was delighted with the overall results of its teams and individuals at the Games.
“Recent studies suggest that participation in university sport improves the overall experience for students and this notion certainly rings true when we hear our students say that they just had the best week of their lives,” he said.
— Terry Walsh