Fraser Coast students compete for USC at Indigenous Unigames - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

USC News

Fraser Coast students compete for USC at Indigenous Unigames

23 Jun 2016

Leilani Clarke of Hervey Bay will take to the field as part of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s first team at the Indigenous Unigames in Brisbane next week (26-30 June).

Leilani, 18, will join fellow Fraser Coast student athlete Ashleigh Gould on the USC Spartans Indigenous side that will compete against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 22 universities around Australia.

The event, which celebrates Indigenous culture, will see the 10-member USC team line up in mixed-gender matches of touch football, netball, basketball, volleyball and a traditional Indigenous game.

Leilani, who is studying Environmental Science, said she couldn’t wait to start competing in the USC Spartans colours at the Games.

“Sport is massive in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” she said. “I’d heard all about the Indigenous Unigames before I even started uni, so I’m really excited to be part of the first USC team.

“Meeting up with Indigenous students from all over Australia who all share the same goal will be incredible. I think we’ll all be learning from each other’s experiences.

“There’s another student from Fraser Coast on the team too, which is great to see.”

Leilani began studying at USC last year through the Tertiary Preparation Program, before starting a Bachelor of Environmental Science this year.

The first in her family to attend university, Leilani said she was extremely proud to have completed her first semester at USC.

“I’ve wanted to study at uni since I was a little girl, but after I dropped out of year 12 I’d almost given up on that goal,” she said.

“The TPP was the most confidence-building thing I could have done. The staff took so much time to help me with the transition from school into university.
 
“I’m really passionate about improving the socio-economic status of Indigenous people, and I see Environmental Science as a great pathway to achieving that.”

Leilani said she had also received strong support from staff at the Buranga Centre, USC’s Indigenous student assistance service.

Leilani Clarke of Hervey Bay will take to the field as part of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s first team at the Indigenous Unigames.

Related articles

Spartans swimmers training at the USC aquatic centre
Spartans to restart campaign for Tokyo glory
15 May

The USC Spartans will soon restart their Olympic and Paralympic campaigns, following the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions across Queensland this weekend.

USC Marine biologist Dr Bonnie Holmes
Shark researcher brings expertise to USC
1 Apr

A USC marine biologist researching shark ecology along Australia’s east coast plans to expand her focus to address a gap in knowledge of shark movements and behaviours in the Wide Bay region.

USC Fraser Coast student Olivia Hay
USC student’s research offers solution to festival drug use
23 Mar

Research by USC Fraser Coast Business student Olivia Hay on illicit drug use at music festivals has been showcased by one of Australia’s peak social marketing bodies.

Contact the USC media team

Name Position Email Phone
Terry Walsh Manager, Media and Messaging twalsh@usc.edu.au +61 7 5430 1160
Janelle Kirkland Media Relations Coordinator jkirklan@usc.edu.au +61 7 5459 4553
Clare McKay Media Relations Officer (Regional) cmckay@usc.edu.au +61 7 5456 5669

Search results for

Recent news