11 July 2014
A home ground advantage and a record number of participants delivered the University of the Sunshine Coast its best ever gold medal tally at this week’s Northern University Games.
USC finished fourth overall and claimed four gold medals in the games, which involved 11 universities from Queensland and northern New South Wales and more than 1,650 athletes in 16 sports.
The overall winner of the four-day carnival, which ended yesterday, was Queensland University of Technology, followed by Griffith University and Griffith University Gold Coast.
USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon said USC athletes won gold medals in the men’s and women’s futsal, the women’s volleyball and in men’s golf.
The mixed touch, men’s football and mixed ultimate frisbee teams each finished fourth in very competitive fields.
“Overall we are very pleased with the results achieved by USC competitors,” Mr Gordon said.
“Our team of 200 athletes was the largest to represent USC in any Uni Games. The fact this year’s games were held here on the Sunshine Coast, meant there was a great opportunity for record numbers of our students to engage in the event.
“That will also have a flow on effect for participation in the future. It has been a really fun week for the students who have made good friendships that will last for years to come.”
The games, run by Australian University Sport, were hosted by USC and the Sunshine Coast Council, along with a number of the region’s sports clubs.
— David Cameron