2 July 2015
Ninety athletes from the University of the Sunshine Coast will head to Toowoomba this weekend to compete in the 2015 Northern University Games from 5-9 July.
They will be striving for gold in volleyball, futsal, touch football, hockey, netball and golf at the major multi-sport event that is attracting almost 1,500 students from universities across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
The Sunshine Coast hosted the Games last year, and Gary Moore from USC Sport says competitors were keen to replicate the success they enjoyed when they had the home ground advantage.
"Our futsal teams were undefeated last year and both the men’s and women’s sides look strong again this season," he said.
"The USC women’s volleyball team also did very well in 2014, so we’re definitely looking for some repeat performances."
Mr Moore said the majority of competitors had been training since the first week of Semester 1.
"So it’s fair to say that USC is taking the competition pretty seriously this year," he said.
Those who can’t make it to Toowoomba to support USC’s athletes will be able to watch live streaming of a number of sports for the first time via the Australian University Sport website.
The top teams in many sports at the Northern University Games will qualify to compete at the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast in September.
— Megan Woodward