26 September 2014
Fifty-eight athletes will compete for University of the Sunshine Coast glory in 10 team and individual sports when the Australian University Games starts on Sunday 28 September.
The USC Spartans will be among more than 6,000 university students competing in 30 sports at Australia’s biggest annual multi-sport event, to be held in Sydney at various venues until the grand finals on Friday 3 October.
USC Sport and Operations Coordinator Gary Moore, who will accompany them, said USC’s three gold medallist teams from the recent Northern University Games had been training particularly hard on campus for the Australian titles.
“Our men’s and women’s futsal teams and women’s volleyball team will be strong contenders,” he said.
He said USC would have individual competitors in athletics and swimming, including national-level 200m runner Tommy Connolly, as well as Cameron Taylor who won bronze in taekwondo at last year’s Australian University Games.
Mr Moore said the Spartans had fundraised in earnest to get to Sydney, with generous support from the USC Student Guild for uniforms and registration fees.
“The Australian University Games has a fun social program as well as the serious competition, so it encourages good sportsmanship and lasting friendships,” he said.
USC also will compete in beach volleyball mixed fours, beach volleyball women’s pairs, mixed touch football and women’s rugby.
— Julie Schomberg